50 things at Badbury Woods

Children building a den from twigs and branches
You'll find plenty of material for building a den at Badbury Hill National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Children can lose themselves in play in these bluebell woods, located at the site of a former Iron Age hill fort. Explore the replanted beech wood at the top or strike out in a north easterly direction, following tracks as they tumble downhill. Here kids will stumble across dens made by previous explorers, perfect for hide and seek or improvement. Others will want to strike up new constructions, track wild animals or make a den for a wild animal.

Finding us

Badbury Woods is on the A4019 between Highworth and Faringdon. It is just under two miles after Coleshill village (when heading east towards Faringdon).
Why not join up your visit to the woods with some more 50 things fun at Great Coxwell Barn, which is just a 15 minute walk away, or 5 minutes by car.

04  Build a den

Whether you fancy making improvements to existing hide-outs, or striking up a new construction, these woods are perfect for den building.

12  Make a trail with sticks

Let young explorers lead the way, leaving a trail of sticks for you track behind them...

22  Explore inside a tree

Keep your eyes peeled for older trees with hollows, and discover what's inside them.

31  Hunt for bugs

Discover what creepy crawlies live under the leaves and fallen branches. Take your magnifying glass to study them closely and take photos so you can identify them properly at home.

34  Track wild animals

Who's been here? Watch out for chewed pine cones, scratched tree bark and paw prints in the mud. Young trackers can hunt for deer, badgers and squirrels in the woods.

36  Make a home for a wild animal

Finished making your hide-out? Then why not make a den for a wild animal to live in next door...

44  Go bird watching

Bring your binoculars, and go bird watching. Spot red kites and buzzards soaring above the fields looking for prey, from the clearings on the fringes of the woods. Listen out for the distinctive sound of woodpeckers and cuckoos.

45  Find your way with a map and compass

Coming soon: Watch out for our orienteering challenges through these woods, which will be available to download soon. There will be three different waymarked trails, of varying degrees of difficulty to appeal to children of different ages and capabilities. We will also have a simple map and trail available for families wanting a gentler challenge. Don't forget to pack your compasses!
Children river-dipping on an organised walk along the Rover Cole, Oxfordshire
Join one of our organised walks along the Rover Cole National Trust / Virginia Haydon

Visiting Buscot and Coleshill with your family

Get closer to nature with your family and try some orienteering. Kids can also tick off some 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ challenges.

Badbury Hill from the west, Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Oxfordshire.
Enjoy views of farmland and woodland copses on this Coleshill walk National Trust Images/John Miller

Coleshill blue walk

This gentle woodland walk is the perfect route for wildlife spotting and if you bring the kids (or the big kids!) you could always have a go at building a den.

A view through the wheatfields looking over Great Coxwell Barn in Oxfordshire.
Don't miss exploring Coxwell Great Barn on this walk National Trust Images/John Miller

Coleshill orange walk

Fancy a winter walk? This trail is an ideal walk for ramblers with its abundance of wildlife to spot and its passage through two picturesque working farms.