Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 6th, 2013

A Tree Top Challenge

Health and safety in the UK has taken the fun out of many things. Not so for the French forest equivalent of “Go Ape”. We all spent an afternoon up in the trees, swinging from branches, struggling through tree top obstacles and whizzing down zip wires. The challenges ran through 3 stages. Nick backed out after the first worried for a shoulder prone to dislocating, the triplets managed stage one and two and the older ones, me and our French cousins carried on to the hardest run. I was absolutely terrified yet determined to keep up with my boys. Georgia did say to me as we set off, “now wouldn’t be a good time to discover you are scared of heights” “Oh I am” I replied “but don’t worry, I’m determined to do this”. Risking life and limb I took this shot down from one of the high platforms hanging on with one hand as I did so!

Forest tree top adventure 

I should qualify at this point that we had full safety harnesses on and completed a safety circuit first where many of my photos below are taken to ensure we knew how to move our harness clips safely from one wire to another. Having said that we were alone up there after the practice run and I had to remind myself and the children several times not to unclip both harness clips at the same time when moving from wire to wire. There was no feeling that the harness was there as it didn’t take the slack, the work and balance really was down to the individual with the harness just there to kick in if you did happen to slip. I confess to losing grip and missing a cargo net. I was hanging on by my legs having to haul my body up by my arms, while the French teenagers behind laughed their heads off at my antics with my bum in the air. Not my finest moment! The final tightrope crossed the canyon; it was thrilling and terrifying all at once.

Farmer Nick looking all at sea up in the air.

Farmer Nick goes Tree swinging

Fortunately there were some animals too to make him feel more at home! 


A goat for Farmer Nick



The boys were all on a total high at the end; I was shaking like a leaf but so proud of myself. My tummy and shoulders killed for the next few days but it was so worth it, the views when I dared to pause and look were tremendous. We showed Farmer Nick how it should be done:


Tree Top adventure in France for Country Kids


The Triplets were only just tall enough; you can see Jed struggling to reach the platform in the video. They did so well.


Nick sat and watched us and took the triplets canoeing on the river as we trapeze flew over them. Whist he did this his brain was whirring on the possibility of a zip wire across the valley at Coombe Mill.  Watch this space on this one; project 99 on the list of things to do on the farm, but he is a man with a plan and has already made contact with a company specialising in these large scale zip wires, I just hope it will prove to be workable and that our insurance company will go for it!

Joining In with Country Kids

Country Kids is simply about enjoying some family time in the fresh air. Weather it is a picnic in the park or sandcastles on the beach I’d love to hear about it. A little outdoor time away from sofas and screens is good for us all. So from learning to play, crafting to exploring, please come and share your outdoor fun here. There are always some lovely ideas to inspire each week so please take a look at what others have been doing.

Just a few of my favourites from last week were:

Mum turned Mom for a great adventure day across the globe with plenty of active fun

Adventure Togs for a great learning day and a chance for you to claim a free outdoor play guide and 10% off their lovely range. Perfect for any Country Kid!

The Brick Castle where the North West Bloggers Group do Country Kids proud in the forest

Chelsea Mamma for her kayaking adventure, we tried this summer and so I know how much fun it is for all the family.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall