You’re probably aware by now that a new Go Ape has launched in Blackburn and we couldn’t be more excited.

As a self-proclaimed thrill-seeker who had never been to a Go Ape before, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out the new Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus courses in Witton Park.

I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and pre-launch on Saturday, July 15 alongside members of the community from Blackburn Youth Zone, Blackburn with Darwen council, and Astley & Buckshaw Junior FC and the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement.

We were all made to feel extremely welcome, and more importantly safe and secure as the staff’s knowledge and expertise assured us we were in good hands.

After the safety briefing, I was harnessed up and clipped in before being reminded (for the third time), that once you’re up in the trees, there’s only one way back down.

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The first course I tackled was the Treetop Adventure, described as the ideal first step up into the forest for children to get a feel for the heights. It consisted of lower ground, wobbly crossings, obstacles and a zipline – easy enough.

However, it didn’t take long to realise how much I’d underestimated the next part of the course. Little did I know that this adventure would be a true test of my courage and reveal a (very valid) fear of hitting the ground from that high up.

But after the first couple of rounds of manoeuvring across cables and intricate crossings, nerves do subside and the adrenaline kicks in.

With each course completed, I could feel my excitement growing and I was ready to tackle the more daunting, stomach-wrenching challenges ahead.

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The adrenaline-fuelled zipwires were definitely the highlights of the experience. Going against your natural instinct by jumping off the edge of the platform and soaring 200 metres through the air is an undeniably thrilling experience and leaves you wanting more.

You become so focused on challenging yourself mentally and trying to beat your previous attempt, I didn’t realise how physically demanding the course was until I was home and exhaustion kicked in.

My hands were sore from holding onto the ropes for dear life (definitely take gloves) but you leave the site with an achievement certificate, a burst of endorphins, and a post-adventure glow.

The course was designed brilliantly, providing a progressive increase in difficulty that will push your limits.

It’s an unforgettable experience and everyone who attended on the day were eager to come back, and the addition of the two high-rope activities for younger explorers means it’s the perfect day out for the family.

Treetop Adventure is £20 and Treetop Adventure Plus is £25. Bookings are open now.

Read more about the new Go Ape Blackburn here.