Dawlish & District u3a members Go Ape!

Dawlish & District u3a


24th November 2021

Dawlish & District u3a members Go Ape!

Intrepid members of the Dawlish & District u3a Adventure Group left their comfort zones far behind (below?!) them and have taken to the treetops.  November’s adventure was at Go Ape in Haldon Forest where members spent an exhilarating few hours navigating treetop walks and whizzing down zip lines.  Four members tried the ‘Treetop Adventure’ while five took the longer ‘Treetop Challenge’.

Having climbed into safety harnesses, the adventurers received some basic instruction and practised attaching themselves to the safety cables which ran everywhere.  From there they advanced – under supervision – to a very low cable walk and short zipline.  Finally they were left to complete the rest of the course at their own pace.

For most, the highlight of the course was definitely the zipline across the valley – very high, fast and great fun!

The scariest part was the wobbly rope which ran some thirty feet above the ground and threatened to topple the unwary off at any moment.  The knowledge that participants were wearing secure safety harnesses attached to cables at every point did something to reassure but it was hard not to ignore the fact that you were up in the tree canopy and terra firma was some distance below!

Would these adventurers do it again?  ‘In a heartbeat!’

This expedition followed the newly formed group’s first adventure – Kayaking on the Exeter Canal.  This will feature on a film being made by the National Office of the u3a to show the extraordinary range of activities and interests shared by u3a members across the UK.

There are exciting plans for the 2022 programme.  Watch this space for further news, or visit Adventure group – Dawlish & District u3a to keep in touch with everything which is happening on this group and the full programme offered by the Dawlish & District u3a.

Photo credit: Miggie Pickton

Dawlish & District u3a has over 160 members who meet monthly to listen to speakers on a diverse range of subjects, and to enjoy each other’s company.  In addition, about 20 interest groups meet throughout the month to pursue subjects as varied as Great Lives, Art Appreciation, French Conversation, Natural History, Wine Appreciation, Scrabble, Painting and Drawing, and Gardens & Gateaux.  To find out more, visit


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