Tricky Teenagers

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Itinerary Category: general

  • If your children are a little older this itinerary has plenty of suggestions to keep any adventurous teenager entertained for an entire week! Some suggestions are suitable for the entire family, others allow you to leave them in a safe but challenging environment whilst you go off and enjoy the other hidden gems Shropshire has to offer!

    Go Ape, Wyre Forest – 4hrs

    Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 9XQ

    It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘high-wire forest adventure’. That means giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines. The qualified instructors kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests (not in monkey suits unfortunately!) The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.

    River Severn Canoe Trips – 6hrs

    Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4BJ

    Canoe UK specialises in Canadian style canoe trips for families. They provide a wide range of day trips suitable for the novice. Choose from 3 different river trips along the River Severn, canoeing down river, stopping for a pub lunch then the Severn Valley Steam train back to your starting point.

    07774 907326 

    Off Road Cycling – Hopton Wood – 3hrs

    Hopton Castle, Shropshire, SY7 0QF

    Hopton Wood lies amid the glorious scenery of South Shropshire Hills, it is a coniferous woodland and covers an area of 350 hectares.ere you will find 32km (20 miles) of forest roads, tracks and single tracks covering the woodland. It’s varied terrain offers leisurely or exciting mountain biking to suit all levels of cycling ability. Colour coded routes make picking suitable routes easy.A waterproof mountain bike trail guide is available from the Forestry Office, telephone 01889 586593 for details.

    01584 813826

    Off Road Cycling – Eastridge Woods – 3hrs

    Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0LZ

    Eastridge Woods, near Minsterley, is a gem in the crown of the the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This hill-top woodland has stunning views across the surrounding countryside and some great, raw mountain bike trails for those who like roots, rocks and a little bit of mud. Eastridge woods are home to three cross country cycle trails and two down hill trails. Most of the trails are unsurfaced so change with the weather conditions and the seasons. The Forestry Commission are working with the Eastridge Trail Parnership, a group of local riders who would like to make the most of what these raw trails have to offer.

    01889 586593

    The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre – 4hrs

    Stottesdon, Shropshire, DY14 8UH

    Founded in 1984 ‘The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre’, Live the Adventure has established itself as one of the leading outdoor providers, offering a large & diverse range of outdoor activities & courses from its site. They cater for all ages with a dedicated full time team of staff priding themselves on their attention to detail, providing safe, exciting & quality experiences for all. There are regular Children’s Adventure Days during the school holidays (8yrs +) also family & adult events, aimed at all abilities! Half & full day packages can be booked for families & groups. Activities on offer: mountain boarding, archery, rifle shooting, caving, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, laser tag, paintball, slacklining, mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, high ropes… Booking Essential.

    01746 718436   

    Geocaching in the Shropshire Hills – 3hrs

    Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS

    Geocaching is a satellite treasure hunt where you follow a global positioning system (GPS) to find hidden boxes of goodies at special places all over the world. Sounds geeky doesn’t it? Well maybe it is, but its also great fun! Shropshire is the first County in Britain where you can borrow a GPS for a day and follow a trail of caches through bits of its best countryside. Equipment is available for hire from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre but if you have a smart phone with GPS you can go it alone. Check out the geocaching website at

    01588 676 060

    The Edge Adventure Activities – 6hrs

    Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6PP

    Enjoy a huge range of activities including Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding / Grass Boarding, 4x Mountain Biking and Clay Pigeon Shooting at The Edge Adventure Centre. At The Edge, they prefer to tailor-make a package that meets your requirements but if you’re looking for inspiration here are a few examples:

    Half Day: Fire and Ride – Quad Biking and Clay Pigeon shooting From 10am to 1pm or from 2pm to 5pm

    Short Day: Slide, Fire and Ride – Quad Biking, Mountain Boarding and Clay Pigeon Shooting From 10am to 3.30pm

    Full Day: Living On The Edge – Quad Biking, Mountain Boarding, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery From 10am to 5pm

    01952 727491           

    Horse Riding – 6hrs

    There are lots of different locations you can go riding in Shropshire, enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful countryside from the saddle. Use google to find the nearest place to where you are staying. Here’s a couple

    Country Treks, Stottesdon, Shropshire, DY14 8UH  01746 718 436

    Darky Dale Forest Stables, Bedstone, Bucknell SY7 0BL  01547 530060