Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?

To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book well in advance especially during peak times such as school holidays and weekends as we do get booked up quickly!

What should I wear?

Dress for the weather! We suggest wearing comfortable-fitting clothes that you do not mind getting grubby; waterproofs or a change of clothing is recommended during wet weather days. No strappy tops, skirts/dresses without underclothing or bare midriffs. Flapping clothing or scarves will need to be removed or secured in place. Please be advised that niqab and hijab-wearers will need to adjust their headscarves so that nothing is tied or pinned across the throat; sports hijabs or single-loop underscarves are a safer alternative. For your feet; secure footwear such as trainers or walking boots are ideal; something with a bit of grip. No open-toe shoes, flip flops or sandals will be permitted on any activity.

Long hair should be tied back, all jewellery is to be removed (rings, watches, earrings etc.) We do not have any secure storage facilities onsite so please be prepared to store valuables safely away in a pocket or car - or safer still, left at home! For the colder days, it is strongly advised that you wear gloves whilst participating and we recommend wearing sensible warm/waterproof clothing and a hat.

Treetop Trek reserves the right to refuse admittance should the appropriate clothing not be worn. Please do contact us with any concerns or queries.

What time should I arrive?

We suggest arriving up to 15 minutes before your booked session in off-peak times and 30 mins before in busy seasons to allow time to sign in, be checked over and receive your wristband for your chosen adventure. Please ensure during this time you have time to visit the toilet and are ready to take part in the adventure. Parking charges apply at Brockhole and Heaton Park, please check signage on arrival.

What happens in bad weather?

We are open whatever the weather unless we are experiencing gales, unusually high winds, lightning, heavy ice or snow. Being prepared for all types of weather will reduce the chance of it dampening your day. The great news is, the trees act as a great shelter – unless someone shakes the tree!

Are there any height, weight or other restrictions?

There are no height restrictions just weight and age restrictions that apply  due to the nature and design of the courses:

  • 3yrs+ for Treetop Nets
  • 5yrs+ for the Mini Trek
  • 7yrs+ for the Full Trek/Zip Trek
  • Maximum weight of 120Kg (19 stone)

Unfortunately, pregnant women are not able to take part due to the position of the harness and the impact this may have on the unborn. If you have any fitness or medical concerns. please contact us or view our Access Statements.

What are the supervision requirements?

For the Treetop Trek ropes course, the following supervision is needed by an adult aged 18 or above.

  • Children (5-6) years - One participating adult per 2 children
  • Children (7-11) years - One participating adult for every 3 children.
  • Children (12-15) years - An adult to remain on site at all times

Note: The Climb and Zip requires no adult participation.

Treetop Nets is staffed by trained staff at all times, however children remain the responsibility of accompanying adults on the following ratios:

  • 3-4yrs 1 participating adult for every 3 children
  • 5-15yrs An adult must be present to sign an authorisation form and remain on site at all times

*Supervision of children 7-11yrs can take place from the ground and is not charged for, however, the nets are fantastic fun for all ages and we think better enjoyed by the whole family. Supervising adults must attend the safety briefing with children and remain in the Treetop Nets Park at all times.

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs but not all children are comfortable around them. We therefore don't allow dogs in designated activity areas except for Assistance Dogs. 

Ripon - dogs are not allowed within the designated Treetop Nets area, however,  there are ample grounds around the carpark to exercise your dog and space to stay with the dog in view of the nets area.  Please ask for more information. 

Brockhole on Windermere – dogs are welcome in Brockhole (on leads). We don't allow them in the  Treetop Nets area, however you can stay with your dog in view of the nets area. 

Manchester Heaton Park – dogs are welcome at Heaton Park and there are ample woodland walks around and under the Treetop Trek area.  We don't allow them in the  Treetop Nets area, however you can stay with your dog in view of the nets area. 

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Cancellations

We understand plans change and you might need to cancel your booking, therefore, you are entitled to cancel your booking up to one week before your Treetop Trek. In doing so you will receive a full refund minus a £5 booking fee, stated in your booking Terms and conditions.

In the event that Treetop Trek may need to cancel your booking we will use reasonable measures to notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your Treetop Trek. In the event that we might need to close the course for reasons out of our control during your Trek, you are not entitled to a refund (in part or in whole). However, we will attempt to offer you alternative dates and times at no additional Trek cost. For full Cancellation Policy please refer to your Booking Terms and Conditions.

Accessibility on Treetop Trek

No experience or skill is required as long as you have a moderate level of fitness and an adventurous spirit. Once briefed and kitted up in a safety harness, you will be connected securely to our unique continuous safety cable and from here you are free to adventure around the course and have fun. Our continuous system means you remain attached at all times with no need to clip on and off.

Treetop Trek is perfect for family, friends, individuals, groups, schools, parties, stag, hens and companies. A great way to remember the day.

Treetop Trek is all-inclusive so whatever your ability we will try and find a way to make you day as enjoyable as possible. Our unique safety system also makes us able to open the course to groups with disabilities including learning, visual, hearing impairments, and physical. For further details view our Access Statement Windermere or Access Statement Manchester, alternatively contact the Treetop Trek Team on 015394 47186.

Accessibility on Treetop Nets

Everyone from ages 3+ can take part. No experience or skill is required, just so long as you have a moderate level of fitness and an adventurous spirit. There is no need for a harness as the nets are surrounded by high net walls. Children under 5 need to have a supervising adult with them on the nets. 

Treetop Nets is all-inclusive so whatever your ability we will try and find a way to make you day as enjoyable as possible. For further details view our Access Statement WindermereAccess Statement Ripon or Access Statement Manchester, alternatively contact the Treetop Trek Team on 015394 47186.

Please note that if you are pregnant we do not recommend that you take part. 

Can children go on Treetop Nets alone?

Yes, if they are 5 years or over, but you must remain on site and visible at all times.

Is it safe?

Absolutely Yes! If you follow our safety instructions, you are sure to have a great time.

Before you set off on your Treetop Trek, you will receive a safety brief to prepare you for your adventure in the trees. Obviously due to the environment you are in, challenging nature of the course and obstacles, there is a minor risk of injury (e.g. through cuts and bruising). Treetop Trek provide all safety equipment is.

Additionally, our course is regularly checked and maintained under the strict standards set by E.R.C.A (European Ropes Course Association). Further safety is applied by the use of our Continuous Belay Safety system that allows you to stay permanently connected throughout the course. For full safety information please refer to our booking terms and conditions.

On the Treetop Nets you are completely surrounded by high walls of netting so you can explore the trees freely without the need for a harness. Before you set off, you will receive a safety brief to prepare you for your adventure in the trees. We recommend long sleeved tops to avoid friction burns which can sometimes occur and you must use a sack to use the slides.

I’m afraid of heights!

Our course is separated into 2 levels with our Mini Trek being the lowest course at 4-7 meters height to get your feet off the ground and has been specifically designed to build confidence and promote team work. Our fantastic Treetop Team are also here to support, encourage & help if needed and we encourage everyone to challenge themselves. So, challenge yourself today in a fun safe way!

For Treetop Nets, you can make your way onto the nets in your own time and get used to the feeling and the height. 

What if I can’t complete the Treetop Trek?

The Treetop Team are always here to help, support and encourage you if have difficulty completing the course. 

Cancellations

We understand plans change and you might need to cancel your booking, therefore, you are entitled to cancel your booking up to one week before your Treetop Trek or Treetop Nets activity. In doing so you will receive a full refund minus a £5 booking fee, stated in your booking Terms and conditions.

In the event that Treetop Trek needs to cancel your booking, we will use reasonable measures to notify you as soon as possible and fully refund your activity. In the event that we might need to close the course for reasons out of our control during your activity, you are not entitled to a refund (in part or in whole). However, we will attempt to offer you alternative dates and times at no additional cost. For full Cancellation Policy please refer to your Booking Terms and Conditions.

Important information for visitors to Treetop Nets Ripon

How to find us:  Unfortunately, our postcode does not bring you directly to Lightwater Valley and we recommend following directions for Lightwater Valley as well as using the brown signs. 

We have a cafe serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. 

Please note we cannot allow anyone on the nets in open toe shoes.