07 Aug Top 5 places for Treeclimbing In Surrey
If you’re feeling a bit like “Stressed of Surrey”, try hugging a tree. Studies suggest it’ll help to infuse you with the calm groundedness of nature. Even better, climb some massive trees at a treeclimbing centre and explore the treetops for a couple of hours! You’ll rediscover your sense of adventure, get some vitamin D and return to the ground feeling fully de-stressed.
Yes, treeclimbing is the popular activity of choice for grown ups and kids alike, and for good reason. Treetop adventures are a great way to explore and enjoy the leafy and lofty heights of the Great British countryside! In an uncompetitive environment, you can set your own targets for activity, so this day out is great for young and old alike. A real result for the whole family! But where’s best to do it?
- Wildwood – Guildford
Centrally located in Guildford, Wildwood is a purpose built adventure centre within abundant woodland. It’s ideal for all seasons and is open from February to November. You’ll find activities to suit anyone from age 6 upwards. If you’re a family, a variety of parental assistance options within the Wild Kids programme means that you can all get up in the trees and challenge your climbing skill. For adult groups, the Extreme Wild adventure and Zip Zone will set pulses racing and are popular for social and corporate groups. After all that treeclimbing fun, enjoy great coffee, sumptuous hot chocolate and tasty ice cream at the refreshment kiosk.
- Skywalk Adventure – Esher
Situated near Sandown racecourse (so careful with your satnav!) there are two treetop courses available here so adventurers can try both. Experience tightrope stepping, swinging logs and zip wires. The courses are available from 8 years of age up to adult. As it’s located by Sandown Sports club, you can refuel at the terrace bar within the club. Open hours are seasonal, and special events take place in and around the centre.
- Go Ape – Chessington
This brand of treeclimbing centre has a location at Chessington, Surrey. The centre offers a high rope challenge and a treetop adventure. All ages are catered for, although a minimum height of 1m applies for the ‘adventure’ and 1.4m for the ‘challenge’. Dogs are welcome (but probably shouldn’t climb!) There’s a gift shop, cafe and picnic area so you can be flexible in refreshments.
- Mobile Climbing – Various
The Great Big Tree Climbing company offer treeclimbing experiences at events around Surrey and across the UK. Individual events take place periodically at Morden Hall Park in Surrey, the Surrey Hills Wood Fair in October and nearby Wakehurst Place in Sussex. Events have a minimum participation age of 6 years. The experience is different from treeclimbing adventures as they are skills based. An instructor will teach participants how to enter a tree canopy using ropes and karabiners.You can also try some branch walking before returning safely to the ground.
- The Surrey Hills
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from a good old fashioned clamber around some of the older and larger trees within the Surrey Hills. Of course, you won’t get to the same lofty heights as you will within a dedicated treeclimbing adventure centre. However, if you’re off into the countryside for a picnic you can dabble in a brief foray into tree clambering. But without the safety facilities that the likes of Wildwood offer, stay safe and keep low!
If you’re looking for the best place to experience tree climbing in Surrey, think about the size and ages of your group. Ensure your chosen treeclimbing destination is suitable for all ages from 6 to adult, and that the activities offered are inclusive to the group. Check accessibility, as you should be able to get to a well located centre by either train or car. So for Guildford and beyond, try a memorable treeclimbing adventure and you’ll never look back!