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Go Ape in Dalby Forest near Whitby

Ok, so you're not a monkey, or a gorilla for that matter. But how do you fancy taking on the UK's number one forest adventure?

A day out with Go Ape is all about living life a little more adventurously. It's about having great fun with family and friends and, as they put it, 'getting in touch with your inner Tarzan'!

The class Go Ape experience lasts between 2 and 3 hours - it's their Tree Top Adventure. Starting with a safety briefing and training in using the ropes, harnesses and clips you'll then be let loose on their wonderful course of zip-wires, rope ladders, cargo nets and tree-top walkways. All a considerable distance from the ground!

And of course, taking on Go Ape's wonderful walkways means you'll get to experience the beautiful scenery you're surrounded by from a perspective few humans ever get to see.

Our closest Go Ape adventure is located in Dalby Forest, which is only about 30 minutes drive from Aislaby, towards Pickering, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. And if you have a fear of heights but get dragged along anyway, don't panic - there are plenty of other things to do in Dalby while your adventurous friends and family get their fix!

The minimum age for those wishing to enjoy Go Ape is 10, with a minimum height of 1.4 meters. Those under 16 need to be supervised by a participating adult, but those ages 16 and up can look after themselves (hopefully)!

The cost for the Tree Top Adventure is £31 for those aged 16 and up and £25 for those aged 10-15.  Access to Dalby itself costs £7 per vehicle from March to October and £4 per vehicle from November to February. If you have a Discovery Pass entrance is free, and you'll get 15% off the price of Go Ape - so it may be a wise investment if you're planning more than one trip!

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If tree tops aren't your think but mountain bikes are, then stay tuned...

Dalby has everything from a 2.5mile family route to a 22mile 'red' route which has in the past been used for international mountain biking competitions. There's also a dedicated jump course called Dixon's Hollow. So whether you're a beginner just looking for some fresh air out in the countryside, or a really experienced cyclist looking for a challenge, Dalby Forest has it all.

And for those who are just looking for some fresh air and a nice coffee, don't forget the Visitor Centre is open daily, with cafe and information area (complete with colouring sheets for young children!).

Being so close to Whitby, with the beach and wonderful coastal scenery, and the North York Moors with wonderful woodland like Dalby, and moorland to explore, Aislaby Lodge really does make the perfect base from which to explore all that this beautiful area has to offer.

If you're planning on heading to Dalby, and particularly Go Ape, do let us know how you get on, what you enjoy and what you would recommend!

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