What’s on offer at country parks

Climbing is one activity you can enjoy
Climbing is one activity you can enjoy

Angus Council’s Ranger Service Diary for 2014 is out. It describes events at Angus Glens, Monikie, Crombie, Montrose Basin and Forfar Loch.

Hundreds of scheduled events take place over the year, designed to give people of all ages a love of the healthy outdoors, and to explore what can be found there.

Topics that can be covered include life cycles, food chains/food webs, seasonal changes, hibernation, migration, land changes, landforms, river systems, map reading, orienteering, recycling/reusing materials.

And there are also activities for the young and fit, such as walking, orienteering and watersports.

There is also a concentration of events during school holidays, as well as organised clubs throughout the year.

Monikie Country Park has a high ropes facility in the treetops, where those taking part are protected by climbing harnesses, helmets, and ‘belay’ ropes.

The facility includes: a 12- metre climbing tower with two climbing walls, abseil points, parachute jump, and an exhilarating 160 metre zip-wire. Other elements include: leap of faith, balance beams, high wire, crate stack and high all aboard.

There is also a low ropes course set 0.6 metres above the ground for young children or for those not wanting the height element. Trained and qualified instructors run all the activities. Minimum age for participating is eight years old.

For all the information including prices, pick up a booklet at Angus Council offices, or visit www.angus.gov.uk/leisure/ and look under Ranger Services.