The exact choice and combination of high ropes activities from the list below depends on the age of the group, their prior experience, the aims of their visit, time allowed, weather and more.  This will be decided by our instructor in conjunction with the visiting staff/leader and our visit co-ordinator.

The activities are rated between 1 (low) and 4 (high) to help you choose the best activities to meet your aims.

Cargo Net & Tree Climb

An adult and pupils on the cargo net
Adult going up the tree climb

Minimum age: Year 4 (8 years old)
Led by: A qualified instructor

A rope-protected climbing challenge to reach the top of the scramble net.  Your team can help or hinder by holding the net for you..!  Climb the challenging Scots Pine tree and ring the bell when you reach the top!

There’s a range of challenges:

  • Get your group to pull the net back whilst you climb and touch the log at the top.
  • Not hard enough?  How about climbing up and sitting on the log?
  • Not hard enough?  How about climbing up and standing on the log?  You might even feel like doing a dance whilst you’re up there!
  • Fancy a different challenge?  Climb as high as you can up the 12m long runs of holds up a Scots Pine tree – & if you’re good enough ring the bell at the top.

Ratings

Team working

As well as encouraging your group you can help by belaying them (taking the rope in as they climb) and pulling the net back as they climb.

Skills

Climbing, balance and co-ordination skills are all put to use.

Knowledge

 

Equipment use & basic concept of belaying.

Personal challenge

Standing on a log 8m up and dancing is certainly challenging – as is a 12m long tree climb.

Physical activity

The climbing is strenuous.

Accessibility

We have harnesses & equipment to enable us to provide extra help & if necessary hoist people to the top of the net & tree.

Sky Ropes

The Sky Ropes
Pupil on the Sky Ropes

Minimum age: Year 5 (9 years old)
Led by: A qualified instructor

Climb the 8m pole to the platform, then if you dare you can test your balance and tolerance of heights by traversing the course of seven linked elements.  To descend, step off the platform to gently ‘float’ to the ground.

Ratings

Team working

There are lots of opportunities to encourage & support each other as up to 8 people can go around at the same time.

Skills

Fitting a climbing harness, helmet, balance and coordination.

Knowledge

 

Equipment use & basic concept of belaying.

Personal challenge

Being 8m up and taking on tight rope walks, twitch ladder and leap of faith isn’t easy!

Physical activity

Climbing, balancing & pulling yourself up and along, all take effort!

Accessibility

We have harnesses & equipment to enable us to provide extra help, & if necessary hoist people to the platform. The smooth running rails mean that we can get almost everybody around the Sky Ropes. It’s proximity to the car park means relatively easy access in a wheelchair.

Ladder & Net Climb

Pupils on the ladder and net climb

Minimum age: Year 5 (9 years old)
Led by: A qualified instructor

Take on the ladder and net climbing challenges – they’re not as easy as they look! Once on the net, climb it to the top and wave down to your group who are helping to keep you safe by taking the rope in as you climb.

Ratings

Team working

As well as encouraging your team mates you can help by steadying the ladder as they climb and belay as well.

Skills

Climbing, balance and belaying skills are all practised.

Knowledge

 

Equipment use & basic concept of belaying.

Personal challenge

Climbing the ladder and net is definitely challenging.

Physical activity

A physical climbing challenge.

Accessibility

We have harnesses & equipment to enable us to provide extra help, & if necessary hoist people to the top. It’s proximity to the car park makes for relatively easy access in a wheelchair.

Jacob’s Ladder

Adults on the Jacobs Ladder
An adult on the Jacobs Ladder

Minimum age: Year 7 (11 years old)
Led by: A qualified instructor

A great team challenge!  Three people must work together to climb the ‘giant’ ladder as the rungs get increasingly further apart the higher you climb.

Ratings

Team working

It’s essential to work as a team of climbers and belayers to give your team members the best chance of reaching the top.

Skills

Climbing, balance and belaying skills are all practised.

Knowledge

 

Equipment use & basic concept of belaying.

Personal challenge

This depends on how well you work as a team, but even with the best team in the world it’s not easy.

Physical activity

A physical climbing challenge.

Accessibility

We have harnesses & equipment to enable us to provide extra help, & if necessary hoist people to the top.

Zip Wire

Zip wire and field
Pupil on zip wire
Pupil on zip wire

Minimum age: Year 6 (10 years old)
Led by: A qualified instructor

Not an easy challenge!  Climb 10m up the tree to the platform above where your instructor will attach you to the zip wire.  Leap off the platform and fly like a bird through the canopy of the trees before lowering yourself to the ground.

Ratings

Team working

 

Encouraging your peers and helping to pull the pulley back to the platform all help the team.

Skills

 

Basic climbing skills are all practised.

Knowledge

 

Equipment use & basic concept of belaying.

Personal challenge

Getting to and leaping from the platform require steady nerves and determination.

Physical activity

 

A good climb to the tree but only one at a time so quite a lot of waiting around is involved.

Accessibility

We have harnesses & equipment to enable us to provide extra help, & if necessary hoist people to the top.

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