Student Life visited Go Ape in Thetford Forest, this is what they thought...
“I visited GoApe in Thetford Forest to have a go at their Forest Segway experience. It was exhilarating! I did fall off a couple of times (something which the team is keen to remind me about) – it can be very difficult to balance on a Segway when you’ve never used one before. Full training is provided before you step on board and you really do pick it up quickly, you’re given a crash helmet just in case. There are four Segway trails at Thetford, my favourite is trail C with its very tight, technical corners which require all your concentration. The Segway goes up to 12 mph, which may not seem like much but feels really fast! I loved the experience and it’s definitely worth it.”
I was excited to go to Go Ape with the lovely people at Student Life, and to do the Treetop Adventure because I’ve suffered from anxiety since high-school and have had a fear of heights nearly as long, so this was an opportunity for me to face my fears. The course was very fun to do, as there were different “paths” you could take from the starting platform at each stage depending on how difficult you wanted to make it for yourself, and my favourite of the paths I did was probably the netting bridge that had planks you had to walk across. Unfortunately, I had a massive panic attack near the end of the 4th or 5th stage, and had to come back down, but had a great time all the same.
I’d never been to Go Ape before, but had seen it on visits to Thetford and wanted to challenge myself to give it a try. I loved the whole experience! I think my favourite aspect of the course was definitely the multiple ziplines at the end of each section. It gave a sense of relief on completion. It was just so different and fun. I definitely haven’t mastered the art of the graceful landing yet, but the bark acts as a good cushion and brushes off easily. I landed on my back each time striking a pose as I crashed in. I also liked that the course starts lower to the ground and gradually gets higher giving you a chance to acclimatise yourself if you’re not sure how you feel about the heights. After the first couple of sections, the height barely bothered me. I’d say my other favourite aspect was the Tarzan swing, but this is more just personal preference. I’m a big fan of the freefalling feeling being a bit of a thrill seeker myself, but there is an option to skip the second one if you’re not a fan. I did both and loved them, so much so that I quickly went back over the bridge bypassing the second one to do it again. Also, climbing the ladders took a little getting used to because you do feel a little resistance as you climb from being hooked into the rope. I’d definitely recommend this activity to anyone who enjoys the outdoors! If you’re on the fence, I’d say give it a try! I’d totally go again and I’d definitely recommend to friends and family! Looking forward to getting back out there again soon!
Being up in the trees was terrifying at times. Having to just drop off a ledge and trust the wire and harness to support you? My heart was in my mouth. However, the main thing I noticed was a sense of camaraderie. Everyone was supporting and encouraging each other. Not just the Student Life team, we were talking to lots of other people. The whole atmosphere was relaxed and everyone was really understanding that for some people, it was a huge challenge. There was an issue with the safety whistle not working so well, but I would love to go again!