Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape, Cockfosters

Last weekend we visited Trent Country Park in North London. Spread over 320 hectares, the country park is the largest park in Enfield. It houses a number of memorials, has two ornamental lakes & two water towers, an equestrian centre, a golf club, a hockey club, a wildlife rescue centre, children's playground and extensive grounds for walking & cycling. But the reason for our visit was to try out the Go Ape adventure which is also located within the park grounds

Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape, Cockfosters
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We had a Red Letter Days experience voucher which we used to book the 'Tree Top Challenge' at Go Ape. The booking process was pretty straightforward. We redeemed the voucher on the Red Letter Days website and with the details provided we booked the experience directly on the Go Ape website. Go Ape adventures are available in 34 beautiful locations across the UK from Southampton to Whinlatter to even one in Aberdeenshire (Go Ape's most northerly location). We chose Cockfosters as it was the nearest to us.

Go Ape Adventures at Cockfosters

Go Ape's course at Cockfosters is said to be one of their most challenging courses in London. It has their longest and fastest zip wire in the capital and is also the highest course in the South East. The course starts low and gradually builds up taking you higher and higher into the trees.

This was our first Go Ape experience and we were looking forward to it. After a quick safety briefing by the staff where they explained about the harness and the clips and the safety precautions to follow, we made our way to the first course.

The first course was easy but then it got progressively challenging testing both our physical strength as well as our nerves. The courses included ladders, zip wires, Tarzan Swings and various kinds of tree-to-tree crossings (tightropes, beams, wobbly log bridges and even wooden barrels suspended in the canopy). While we were harnessed at all times and there was no risk of falling, I have to admit some of the crossings were slightly unnerving. But we thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and had a brilliant time. The adrenaline-pumping adventure experience is great for beginners as well as for experienced outdoor enthusiasts. We have no hesitation in recommending it.

Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape, Cockfosters

Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape, Cockfosters

Rope Bridge - Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape, Cockfosters

Tree Crossings at Go Ape, Cockfosters

Tree Crossings at Go Ape Cockfosters

Crossing the rope bridge - Go Ape Cockfosters

Tarzan Swing - Go Ape Cockfosters

Some facts you need to know before you visit Go Ape

  • The experience will last between 2-3 hours depending on your speed and the number of participants ahead of you.
  • The minimum age for the experience is 10. Minimum height is 1.4m (4’7”). Maximum weight is 130kg.
  • Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • No open-toed footwear or sandals allowed.
  • Gloves are recommended for comfort.

Go Ape venues re-opened a few weeks back and have put in several safety and hygiene procedures in place for the benefit of guests as well as their staff. They have put in several measures including "pre-booking and staggered visits, contactless payment methods, social distancing built into their operating procedures, extra hand washing and sanitising stations at the beginning, at several locations in between and at the end of the Go Ape experience".

Getting to Go Ape Cockfosters

Go Ape Cockfosters is just a 10-minute walk from Cockfosters tube station (Piccadilly line). For those arriving by car, the address is Trent Country Park, Cockfosters Road, Trent Park, Barnet EN4 0DZ. Parking is free.

To find a Go Ape location close to you, click here.

Go Ape Cockfosters

Buy a Go Ape experience with Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days offer a range of amazing adventure experiences in the UK. There is something for every taste, occasion and budget. In addition to specific experiences, they also have gift vouchers where the recipient can choose the experience that suits them best and make some unforgettable memories.

Buy the Red Letter Days Tree Top Challenge at Go Ape here.

Have you used Red Letter Days? Have you visited Go Ape? Let me know your experience(s) with either or both via the comments section below.


  1. We've never been, would love to with my boys

  2. Would he fab to take my family here .looks great !

  3. We visited Go Ape in Bracknell, the kids had great fun doing the Treetop Adventure x

  4. We've never been to Go Ape but it's high on our wishlist! Looks so much fun.

  5. I’ve never visited go ape before but I’ve always wanted to give it a try

  6. I'm too old, but the grandchildren love it.


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