High Ropes

The High Ropes Course

Challenge by Choice

One of the many highlights of Porthpean Outdoor is the traditional style high ropes course. A guaranteed test of balance, bravery, and dexterity! Get ready to feel the buzz as you smash your fears and complete a variety of instructor lead challenges.

As with all activities at Porthpean Outdoor, we employ a Challenge by Choice instructing method. This means individuals decide how high they want to go, moving at their own pace. While we encourage everyone, we never force or push them to go too far beyond their comfort zone.

Some of the high ropes activities you will experience include:


Three people climb at once while the rest of the team control the ropes and guide their buddies (with help at all times from our instructors). As the levels get further apart the further you go, the team of intrepid climbers must work together to reach the top and ring that bell!


Climbers scale a ladder to a narrow and high platform. At that point, it’s all about guts and glory, as you leap out to touch the swinging buoy!


This is our travelling belay system, featuring three separate levels. Level 1 is a relatively simple stepping stone bridge. Level 2 offers a rope bridge 20ft in the air. Level 3 features another rope bridge, this time with the hand ropes on travelling pulleys, making things super wobbly.

This activity encourages team work, communication, and plenty of cheering. Teams of two will take on the challenge at the same time.


The only freestanding pole on our high ropes course. The higher you get, the wobblier things become! There are four different routes, as you endeavour to reach the platform at the top. The first person to reach the platform is tasked with helping their teammates reach the summit, before you all give a wave of celebration to your ground team below.


The Cargo Net sees two people climbing at once with a travelling belay system. Speed is of the essence, as you move along the net and race your opponent to reach all four corners. There is a mini leap of faith before being lowered back down to join the rest of your team.


Our outdoor climbing wall offers four different routes of varying difficulty, with climbers having the opportunity to climb up and abseil down.


Reaching the top of our climbing wall, all climbers can abseil back to ground level, being in control of their own descent.


A playful introduction to a zipwire, designed to build confidence on this 100m wire and 4m platform.


A teamwork focused exercise where participants can opt to either race or help each other climb a wire rope ladder. Each person must climb on their side of the ladder, alternating where they place their hands and feet. Communication and care will help the partners climb to the top.

Activity details

Skill Rating

Personal Development

Building Confidence




Problem Solving


What you may see

Look up and you will have the best view over the Centre and out to sea. Fear bubbles that you will pop as you make your way across the course. Your confidence growing like never before.


Take in the awesome views of the centre and across St Austell bay from the top of the course, the higher you go the better the views! On a clear day you can even see the Eddystone Lighthouse.

Fun Facts

Apparently, the first High Ropes course was built by a French Naval Officer who used it to train recruits so that they could get used to the obstacles they would face on board a ship.

High Ropes


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