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Who wouldnâ€™t love to be able to fly? Jet pack technology still has a way to go but while you are waiting, the next best thing is a zip wire. Speeding through the air at up to 40 miles per hour with a birdâ€™s eye view of the landscape is almost as good as flying, so hereâ€™s our guide to the best UK zip wires.
With 34 locations across the UK, Go Ape is your answer to that search, â€˜zipwires near me.â€™ If youâ€™ve never been before, now is the moment to discover it for yourself. As well as the amazing zip wire experience, thereâ€™s a whole world of tree top adventures for all the family to enjoy. They are also conveniently located close to most of ourÂ forest cabin locations, so they make a great day out on your holiday. Scale treetop courses and be brought back down to the forest floor each time with a zip wire. There is something for everyone from young explorers experiencing their first free flying adventure on a 50m zip to thrill seekers who would think nothing of flying through the air over a valley on a 450m zip wire.
Zip through the trees at Go Ape
For zip wires in North Wales, nothing competes withÂ Zip WorldÂ which has three locations in Snowdonia. At Zip World Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, sit back on Titan, the largest zip zone in the world. When you get your wobbly legs back, go underground for Bounce Below, a trampoline experience like no other.
At Zip World Penrhyn Slate Quarry, try Big Red. At 270ft, itâ€™s the largest mobile zip wire in the world, and guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Zip World has one more zip wire in North Wales at Zip World Fforest near Bettws y Coed. Here you can try Zip Safari, which takes you on a zip wire journey through the trees.
For your adventure on a zip wire in North Wales, stay in one of our forest cabins atÂ Beddgelert, which is just half an hourâ€™s drive from Zip World Slate Caverns. Or you can make a day of it and catch the steam train, which stops at our cabin location and takes you up to Blaenau.
Experience Big Red at Zip World, Penrhyn Slate Quarry
Itâ€™s not the longest or the highest butÂ Adrenalin QuarryÂ does claim to have the UKâ€™s maddest zip wire! Jump off the cliff and reach speeds of up to 40mph as you traverse through the sky for 490m above the quarry. Adrenalin Quarry had a host of other high adrenaline activities too, including karting, axe throwing and a giant swing. Build a day in as part of a Cornwall break atÂ Deerpark, our idyllic cabin location which is just 20 minutesâ€™ drive from the zip wire.
Zoom above the quarry at Adrenalin Quarry, Cornwall
Also close to Deerpark, isÂ Eden Project. You may not associate these planted biomes with the adrenaline rush of a zip wire but thatâ€™s where youâ€™d be missing a trick. Outside, the Hang Loose adventure has England's longest and fastest zip wire, an aerial assault course, and a giant swing.
Discover Hang Loose Adventure at Eden Project, Cornwall
Stay in a cosy cabin atÂ Forest of DeanÂ and join the Adventure Challenge. Two hours of high excitement, tackling four challenges: The Crate Stack, Leap of Faith, The High Balls and of course, The Zip Wire.
Another UK zip wire awaits when you stay atÂ CroptonÂ orÂ Keldy, our forest locations in North Yorkshire. Itâ€™s not the longest, nor the highest but maybe we can claim itâ€™s the friendliest UK zip wire experience. Enjoy 55 minutes of whizzing down the wire as many times as you can get back to the top.
Fly through the air at Keldy Forest Zipwire
Grab the best views of Loch Lomond from a zip wire above the trees atÂ TreeZoneÂ in Balloch. The zip wire is part of an exciting adventure course, which sees you climbing through the trees on wobbly bridges, a hanging zip wire and a tightrope, before you scoot 65m back down to earth on the big zip wire. Treezone is within an easy drive fromÂ Ardgartan ArgyllÂ andÂ Strathyre.
Climb through the trees at TreeZone in Balloch
Feel the wind in your face as you fly through the trees atÂ Go Ape. Zip trek adventure at their Grizedale course is one of the UKâ€™s longest zip experiences (one of their best kept secrets). It is the ultimate adventure for zip wire lovers.Â Check out their activity page for more information.
Take on the Zip Trek Adventure at Go Ape
All these amazing UK zip wires are easy to build into your cabin break and after you have tested your nerve to the limit, you can return to the peace of the forest and soak beneath the stars in your own outdoor hot tub.Â Book your adventure holiday today.