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Whizzing down zip wires and clambering along high ropes will see you ‘going ape’ as you tackle high-level platforms, plank bridges, walkways and a whole world of aerial challenges perched way up above the ground. Time to test your mettle in the treetops and forests of the UK with these ziplines, wires and high ropes adventure courses! Zip wire and high ropes FAQs...
A sense of adventure is essential for these high rope courses and zip wires, as you could come face to face with some pretty scary obstacles. If you've ever fancied playing in the trees, a high ropes course is ideal for cheeky monkeys of all ages!
Who it's not for
If you really do have a fear of heights, these experiences might not be for you. If you want to do something sporty without the vertigo, take a look at our sporting activities section where there’s everything from trampolining to learning to play polo on horseback.
Ziplining (also known as zip wire or Tyrolean high line) is you zipping along a cable that has been attached between two points above the ground. Sometimes you’re in a standing position, on other zip wires you’re sort of lying tummy down in a harness or cradle. However you’re attached to the line, the end result is the same - you’ll be sliding down it very fast!
What are high rope adventure parks?
High ropes are modules that have been built at various heights above the ground either attached to trees or on purpose-built poles. It’s a bit like an aerial obstacle course and you’ll work your way around the course stepping along plank bridges, riding zip lines, climbing and jumping as you go.
What’s the difference between zip wire and high ropes?
High ropes adventures are a series of challenges and obstacles that often include short zip wires. Our individual zip wire/lining experiences are generally for longer, more extreme zip wires that can be as high as 10m or more off the ground and nearly 200m long for full adrenaline thrills!
Is ziplining safe?
All zip liners and high rope participants will have a full safety briefing before starting off. All the safety gear is provided and explained to you. All the lines, cables, harnesses and installations are regularly checked by certified technicians to meet all current safety standards.
Can I fall on a high ropes course?
You will be attached by your harness and carabiner to the safety ropes at all times. If you do slip, the safety mechanism will ensure you’re locked into position and you will most likely be able to climb back up and carry on. If you’re struggling to clamber back up, one of the ground crew will assist to get you going again.
Can I do a high ropes adventure course if I am or think I might be pregnant?
High ropes and zip lines are not suitable if you are or think you might be pregnant.
I’m a bit of a scaredy cat. Do you think I can do this?
All the centres we work with have a whole team of instructors who are not only very good at explaining things clearly, they also have bags of patience and are very good at encouraging you, without forcing you too far out of your comfort zone. It’s also completely normal that you’ll be feeling a bit nervous or scared before you start off - that’s all part of the thrill!
What safety gear is used when on a zip wire?
You’ll be kitted out with a harness that goes around your waist and thighs, a helmet, carabiners and lanyards (short lengths of ropes). You’ll be attached to a top wire and a belay wire too. Attaching and detaching yourself from each module will be explained to you. For zip wire experiences, a technician will be with you at the start point and the finish point to assist.
Are there high ropes experiences for different abilities?
Yes. Most centres have more than one course. You can start with the route that’s around one metre off the ground and then go higher as confidence grows.
How high will I be going?
Routes usually start around 1m off the ground. Typically, medium level courses are 5-6m high and the most difficult routes can be 7-10m above you!
Can I skip elements of the high ropes I don’t fancy doing?
Yes. Courses have been designed so if you really don’t want to give certain modules a try you can come down and go straight to the next one.
What happens if it get stuck up there?
In the unlikely event that you panic or find yourself stuck, instructors who patrol the courses from the ground will come to your aid.
How do you get to the top of a zip wire?
Getting to the top of the zip wire ready to slide down it is all part of the fun. You’ll need a head for heights as it usually involves climbing up ladders or steps onto a small platform where you’ll be attached to the zip line.
Is there a maximum weight for zip wires & high ropes?
Each venue specifies its own weight limits, so please check the full details on each individual page. In general the upper weight limit is between 18 and 21 stone.
What’s the minimum age for doing high ropes or zip line experiences?
High ropes courses usually start from around the age of 6 years. Children under 16 will need to be accompanied on site at all times. In some cases (usually for the youngest children taking part) you will need a participating adult to do the course at the same time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by 'phone, email or the on-line chat for more info.
What should I wear for these activities?
Decent footwear (no crocs, flip flops or boots) is essential. It’s also best to cover your arms (no vest tops) and to tie back long hair.
Will my zip or high ropes session be cancelled if it’s raining?
A bit of light rain won’t stop play. If there are thunderstorms the organisers may be obliged to close the course. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather as most of the zip wire and high ropes activities we offer are outdoor.
Do I have to be fit to do a zipline or high ropes?
You have to be fairly fit to tackle a high ropes course. Less so for the zip wires, but you will need to be even more daring to whizz along a wire that's sitting wayy off the ground at high speed!
Where can I zipline near me?
We have a selection of thrilling zip wire rides and high ropes courses around the UK for you. Locations include: