50 things to do before youre 11 ¾ at Devil's Dyke

A small boy runs ascross the grass flying a kite, just one of the ’50 Things’ you can enjoy at Devil’s Dyke
Flying a kite is just one of the ’50 Things’ you can do at Devil’s Dyke National Trust Images / David Levenson

We have such a selection of fun for you here at Devil's Dyke. We reckon you can tick off 28 things from our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ list but maybe you can tick off more?

See what you can tick off your your list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾? There's something you can do with your family, come rain or shine, summer or winter.

Get out and about

  • Climb a tree - with adult supervision we've lots of gnarly old oaks that are great to climb
  • Roll down a really big hill - we've possibly got the best hill on the South Downs to do this
  • Build a den - we've plenty of woodlands to explore with the materials you need
  • Skim a stone - you need to find one of our dewponds for this
  • Run around in the rain
  • Fly a kite - up near the car park is best
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree - there are some wild apple trees hidden around the dyke
  • Play conkers - bring your own or try to find the one and only conker tree on the hill
  • Throw some snow - being high up means we get a lot more snow than down in the local towns

And that's not enough....

  • Make a mud pie
  • Go sledging - one of the best sites in Sussex
  • Set up a snail race - forget about boring old garden snails, there are hundreds of different varieties to choose from here
  • Balance on a fallen tree
  • Eat blackberries growing in the wild - there are bushes all over Devil's Dyke
  • Take a look inside a tree - hunt down some ancient ash trees near Saddlescombe
  • Feel like you're flying in the wind - up near the car park the winds can be breathtaking
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Hunt for fossils and bones - sometimes you can find sea sponge fossils on the ground
  • Watch the sun wake up
  • Climb a huge hill - we've one of the biggest in Sussex

Take a look

  • Hunt for bugs - join us on a bug hunt in the summer or get on your hands and knees with your family
  • Find some frogspawn - look for it in our dewponds
  • Catch a butterfly in a net - join us for a bug hunt in the summer
  • Track wild animals - take a walk in the woods after it has rained to find animal tracks
  • Discover what's in a pond
  • Call an owl

Find your way back

  • Find your way with a map and compass
  • Find a geocache –  there are quite a few round here, look on the Brighton geocache website