The Forestry Commission was set up after the First World War to provide guaranteed timber supplies. Today they also play a huge part in guaranteeing access to great leisure opportunities. The Go Ape high wire in Queen Elizabeth Forest near Aberfoyle is home to the longest zip wire in Britain.
Go Ape was founded after a couple called Rebecca and Tristram Mayhew experienced a tree top adventure course on holiday in France. They took the idea back to Britain, gave up their jobs and set up Go Ape.
With backing from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents for their safety standards and training they convinced the Forestry Commission to sign a multi-site contract. Now there are 12 Go Ape sites across the UK.
The course is 60 feet high up in the canopy and allows participants to climb, swing and slide through a series of nets, ropes, trapezes and zip slides. The Aberfoyle site has the longest zip wire in Britain at 426m
The creation of the Go Ape course also resulted in the creation of new pathways which opened up previously inaccessible area of the forest.
Page first published on Monday 10th September 2007
Page last updated on Tuesday 21st October 2008