Anyone who knows me even a little should have some idea about how much of an adrenaline junkie I am. I mean, I did a bungee jump in Central America, for goodness’ sake.
So when I (along with my bestie Becca) was offered the chance to visit Go Ape in Bedgebury, Kent and try out their Tree Top Adventure, I jumped at the opportunity, having missed that adrenaline rush as of late.
I’m not going to lie, the first thing I thought when I walked towards the Go Ape centre on a sunny Easter Monday was: “This is going to be tame.” I thought I had topped the adrenaline charts with my bungee jump and huge Tarzan swing a couple of years ago, and could no longer feel scared by anything.
But I must say, I was actually pleasantly surprised and energised by the entire experience, from beginning to end. The staff were very friendly and made me feel safe and in good hands at all times – explaining the safety procedures thoroughly and making sure we understood everything, and to “always stay attached” with your harness.
The branch at Bedgebury was very well organised, with five clearly signposted adventure sites that you had to enter a code to get into, and with locally-sourced drinking water for you to help yourself to along the way. The start of the course was less intense than the end, building you some kind of crescendo. It allowed you to get used to the height as well, and being among the treetops – although I have always been pretty good with heights, it’s still good to familiarise yourself once again. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve adventured above ground!
The course caters for all abilities and ages too, which I was impressed with – it had alternate, easier routes for those who were younger or just not daredevils. Of course, myself and Becca are daredevils so we went for the more difficult routes, and we weren’t disappointed. Swinging into nets on the Tarzan swing (maybe not as huge as the one in Costa Rica, but it was satisfyingly stomach-dropping) and struggling across stirrups in mid-air were the highlights for me.
And it’s great for a team-building exercise or just physical exercise – I was very tired by the end of the course, which took a good couple of hours. It gave me an excuse to have a good catch-up with Becca and we even ended up chatting to some of the other visitors along the way too, as you have to share platforms with people. Each site ends with a zip line, which increase in length as you progress to match your confidence. By the end of the course we were flying and jumping around like monkeys, and felt like we wanted to do it all again the next day!
I would definitely recommend Go Ape Bedgebury – they’re a fantastic bunch and with spring coming up, it’s a fun and active way to get outdoors.
Claim a student discount here, and go bananas!