What can I expect on the day
Brace yourself for a taste of the fear factor when you take on a high rope adventure! Ariel exploits are offered at centres around the UK, so the actual make up of the courses will vary, but there's certainly one thing in common - it'll be fun in the tree tops for all!
No doubt you and your fellow tree-hugging adventurers will be raring to go on arrival, but there are a few formalities to get through first. Once you've completed the registration paperwork it's time to get kitted out in a harness and helmet. If the centre offers gloves and it's your first time we can highly recommend them as all that hanging on and holding can take its toll on your hands!
An instructor will go through the necessary safety aspects with you, show you how the harness is worn and explain how you attach and detach yourself from the tree bases and the safety lines. Given that you are always going to be attached to one or the other, it's pretty safe up there on those highest ropes, even if it is 15m in the air.
Now you know all there is to know, it's time for the off. Working you way up from ground level to the lofty heights of the forest, you will feel like king or queen of the jungle as you swing, leap and climb your way around the leafy canopy.
And there's a great variety of modules too. Some might involve swinging into nets, others might challenge you to walk along moving log bridges and you may just find yourself having a scream (in every sense of the word) as you zip-line it along a high wire back to the ground
Oh and don't be surprised if you get just a little bit mucky on these high ropes courses with all that slipping and sliding around, on, over and under the place. And even if the UK weather isn't playing ball, your slot in the trees probably won't be cancelled, so be prepared to put on the waterproof clothing and get going - its all part of the fun after all!
All adventure courses are full supervised at all times by qualified instructors and marshals, but in essence you are out there to explore and make your own way round the obstacles. Of course, you won't be expected to suddenly take leaps and bounds from platforms that are higher than your average two-storey house, the difficulty level slowly increases as you move around the modules and at many of the venues there are different difficulties of trails that you can go for.
Join in this high rope adventure at any one of these aerial adventure centres in the UK and you'll get to fly through the trees like an agile little squirrel, or swing across those vertigo-inducing gaps like a confident Tarzan or Jane. Brilliant fun.
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