We have been to try out the Treetop Manchester Zip Trek at Heaton park today. Treetop Manchester has Zip Trek, Mini Trek and also Nets all suspended from trees. On the Zip Trek you are clipped on and secured with a harness on a continuous system so no clipping and unclipping as you go.
Upon arrival we checked in and waited to be given our safety talk. You are provided with a harness that you pop on loosely and they then show you how to fasten it. The staff then check it’s all ok. This was useful as I was able to tighten my own on the way round as I knew which straps to pull.
Once everyone has their harness on you are given a safety talk. It’s very quick and brief but everything you need to know. Two to a platform, only one on an obstacle at a time and shout instructor if stuck. That’s the basic info you needed.
After the safety talk you are hooked on the start of the zip line. Once on there is no turning back (I’m sure if you really need to get of they could get you down though). An instructor leads the group and one follows the group. They have slightly different equipment so can move around people and come to help when needed.
The start is some wooden blocks you need to cross before hitting a few zip wires. That got me into a false sense of security because the zip lines are really fun. I was slightly nervous when needing to then do a series of suspended wiggle bridges. We all did it though and I am so proud of the kids.
The Zip Trek goes as high as 15m in places and there are 35 breath-taking obstacles which include balance bars, swinging logs, Indiana bridges and 24 zip lines. The mini Zip Trek goes 5m high featuring 16 fun challenges which include 3 zip lines. This is perfect for younger and less confident trekkers.
We had a few hiccups round the course, Jack got stuck a few times and couldn’t move his rope over the connectors and Kaitlin got stuck mid obstacle. We just shouted instructor and someone came to help us. Our instructor was fantastic and the minute he saw I was struggling with a few he stuck around and made sure we got through each one as a team all together.
The first 10 or so obstacles we seemed alone and that was a bit nerve racking but we didn’t realise he was only a few obstacles behind us. I felt more comfortable seeing him in front knowing he was close by should me or the kids need support especially as we got higher and higher.
The course took us 2 hours to complete and they do say allow 2-3 hours. The speed can depend on how many are in your group and how quick the front markers are going. Be prepared to stand around in the trees sometimes. It’s weird when people start to walk below you and talk to you. You can also watch for the squirrels. Some of these pictures are taken from underneath the course.
I got a little bit scared half way round. I felt sick and dizzy and really wanted to get off but our instructor was amazing and so encouraging. He could see I was getting a little distressed on some of the obstacles so stayed close and made sure I was ok. This helped me loads and made me feel safer although I knew I was safe.
The kids were amazing, I thought Kaitlin would panic as she hates heights, she screamed a little but didn’t seem scared once. I was so proud of them both. Jack had a moment were he was scared but he just shut it out and ploughed on. The above picture is the end of the course but Kaitlin wasn’t happy having her picture taken.
We did the full Zip Trek there is also a mini trek as mentioned above for younger ones who are trying something like this for the first time or need to build confidence. It’s the same sort of obstacles just not as high and shorter.
We had a fabulous time today, I’m sore and aching as it’s a full on work out but very satisfying when you reach the end. They do advise you need a degree of fitness and agility. You don’t need to be super fit but you do need to be able to hold ropes and pull yourself up on occasions.
Just a few notes for when you visit you sometimes have to pay to park and its £1.50 on the gate. The Treetop Centre is located near the park at the top of the hill just off the car park. Also with your wristband you get 10% off in the stables café just located to the bottom of the hill. The cafe is also the nearest toilet to the Treetop centre so make sure you go before you start time and check in.
You can book your Treetop Manchester Zip Trek experience online the costs are below:
Zip Trek – Adults (16+) £32, Child (7+) £24 – Course takes 2-3 Hours
Mini Trek – Adults (16+) £18 Child (5+) £18 Course takes 1-2 hours
Treetop also have Treetop nets which we are going along to try out next week so please do pop back and see what we think.