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Tilgate Forest Go Ape

Tilgate Park, Titmus Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5PQ

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Introduction

  • Go Ape is a challenging tree-top adventure set within the forest of Tilgate Park.
  • The course is also close to the Smith & Western Pub and Restaurant.
  • There are two courses, the Tree Top Adventure which is for adults and accompanied children over 10, and Tree Top Junior which is for anyone over 1m tall. .
  • The telephone number given is the direct line to the site office, for information only. Bookings can be made online or via the centralised booking number: 0843 770 4636.

Opening Times

  • Daily opening times vary from term-time to school holidays and according to daylight hours. Please see the centre website for full details.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Tilgate.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Crawley.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Comments View
    • Blue Badge parking is located on the park access road, next to the toilet block (outside the main car park).
    • Other users pay with coins at an entry barrier. Car park attendants are available at busy times to direct Go Ape guests to the parking spaces closest to the course.

Outside Access (Treetop Adventure Course Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located along the main pathway through Tilgate Park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open (no doors).
  • The door opening is 170cm (5ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Treetop Adventure Course Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located after the Treetop Adventure Course entrance leading to the venue.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The slope has a very uneven surface with loose stones and constantly changing gradients.

Routes to Go Ape Hut

  • There are non-stepped routes from the car park to the Go Ape Hut, which is about 50m from the car park entrance.
  • Some of the route is on block-paved paths and tarmac paths and there are easy and moderate slopes. The paths are uneven in areas and, when the hard surfaced path ends, the forest floor is uneven and can be soft or muddy.

Level Change (Route from Smith and Western Pub)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the pub.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located next to the ramp.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.
  • Comments View
    • The Go Ape Course is close to the Smith and Western Pub in the park.
    • There is a further moderate slope on the path after the ramp to the Go Ape area.

Go Ape Hut

  • Go Ape site staff are based at the Go Ape Hut. Guests visit the hut to sign in and to receive safety equipment. The hut is set amongst the trees on unmade ground. Staff can complete the formalities outside for anyone unable to access the hut.
  • The hut is located close to the children's playground. There is also a separate covered shelter with picnic benches for spectators. .

Go Ape Course

  • The Tree Top Adventure course is laid out in sections. The start of the course is approximately an 8 minute walk through the forest. Sections involve climbing ladders, crossing high level obstacles and descending by zip wires.
  • Participants wear a harness which they are trained how to safely clip and unclip at each section. Staff do not accompany participants but are available for advice and support if required.
  • The Tree Top Junior course (pictured) is located close to the Go Ape Hut. It is intended for children but can be used by anyone over 1m tall who would prefer a less challenging course. Participants are securely harnessed whilst at ground level and remain clipped on throughout the course. The course would typically take an hour to complete.
  • Go Ape offer an extra free ticket to adults (18+) with disabilities who require a carer/ assistant to complete the course with them. .

Accessible Toilet

  • The Go Ape Course does not have its own toilets. There are accessible toilets located in the toilet block next to the car park.
  • Please see the Tilgate Park access guide for full details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located in the toilet block next to the main car park.
    • The female and male toilets are 50m (55yd) from the Go Ape Hut.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the toilet block next to the car park.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There are baby change facilities in the right hand accessible toilet, as well as the standard unisex parent and child toilets.
    • Please see the access guide to Tilgate Park for full details.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.