Go Ape is coming to Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey.
Coombe Abbey.

Thrill-seekers will soon be clambering and sliding between the trees at Coombe Country Park after plans for a Go Ape site were given the thumbs up by councillors.

It is expected that both children’s and adult’s high ropes courses will be constructed in woodland alongside the formal gardens of the historic Coombe Abbey.

There are also plans for zip wires, a timber cabin which will act as a reception and office, and a timber shelter.

Councillors at this week’s Rugby Borough Council planning committee heard that the site would open from February through to December with one full-time and up 30 seasonal jobs being created.

Go Ape has 33 other sides around the UK, the nearest one to Coombe Abbey being on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and in the Wyre Forest near Kidderminster.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plans adding it would be a boost to the area but there were concerns over car parking.

Cllr Belinda Garcia (Con Revel and Binley Woods) said: “Being one of the ward councillors I’m really pleased to see something like this coming in to my ward.

“The only thing I have real concern about is the car issue. I know myself that in summer the cars are parked outside and all the way down the road – one day it was almost to Brinklow. I’m really surprised that it’s not been conditioned that there should be some extra car parking and I’d really like something to be done.”

But planning officer Erica Buchanan explained that after the highways authority asked for a traffic survey to be carried out on August Bank Holiday – which showed there was sufficient capacity – they were happy with the car parking arrangements.