New treeclimbing course with Red Funnel

09-02-2011 Three day course, accommodation and ferry packages from £488*

Tree climbing is no longer limited to the realm of small children with scabby knees and grubby elbows. Now the grown ups can get involved. Goodleaf on the Isle of Wight is offering a new three-day tree-climbing course so that adults can re-master a childhood skill and learn a few extra tricks along the way.

The specialist tree-climbing course offers the chance to get up close and personal with an array of ancient trees and view the Island from a different perspective.  Taking place at several locations across the Isle of Wight, a qualified instructor will give lessons on site about which knots to use, how to use the equipment, how to climb, move around the canopy and most importantly get back down to earth without breaking a fingernail.

Participants will also be able to take away these newfound skills to practise in their local woodland or garden after gaining a deeper understanding for the flora and fauna around them.

Wannabe peeping-toms need not apply.

Courses are held throughout the year for small groups and include three days instruction from 9am – 5pm, a tree identification book, a tree climbers handbook, equipment hire, morning and afternoon tea and costs £395. Return Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry travel to the Isle of Wight starts at £44 for a short break, but you can save up to 50% off ferry travel when you book your accommodation through Red Funnel.*  To book the course call 0333 800 1188 or visit for more details.

Accommodation is available through Red Funnel at four star B&B Grange Farm, a rural property with its own 50-acre woodland, perfect for honing those tree-climbing skills and close to the pretty village of Wootton, which boasts several pubs and places to take a hard earned rest after a day in the treetops.  Rooms at Grange Farm B&B start at £30 for a single occupancy double room, based on a two night stay.

Travelling to the Isle of Wight is easy with Red Funnel. Vehicle Ferries run regularly around the clock from Southampton, which is within easy reach of the M3 and M27 and return ferry fares for a car and up to seven people start from just £35. Foot passengers can cross the Solent in under 30 minutes on Red Funnel’s Red Jet Hi-Speed service from just £7.80 return.

*Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability.