Outdoor activities

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Cycle trails

Action shot of some off road cyclists

Lots of our places are within a mile of the National Cycle Network. Here are some of our favourite routes to try:


Running trails

Enjoy one of our running trails

Our places offer perfect running terrain, why not give our running trails a go? All designed by our team, and tried and tested by those who share a passion for running.

Hire a GPS device

Join in the high tech treasure hunt that’s fun for all ages

Feel free to bring your own GPS device, alternatively hire one from us and try geocaching at the following places:


Little book of the great outdoors

Our little guide to the great outdoors © National Trust

Packed full of inspiration of where to explore in the great outdoors, enjoy our handy little book of outdoor activities and wildlife spotters guide to the East. 

Kite flying

Experience the great outdoors © Leo Mason

The highest point in Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs is by far the best spot to enjoy flying a kite. It's also home to a great kite festival in the summer.

Top stargazing spot

Experience the great outdoors © Andrew Dunn

The dark skies of Wicken Fen and Dunwich Heath let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. 

Cotswold Outdoor

Donâ¿¿t forget to ask about your discount © Andrew Dunn

There's now even more of an incentive to be a National Trust member. Next time you're in a Cotswold Outdoor store, show them your membership card and you'll receive a discount.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Have you tried our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ yet? How many of the fun activities on our list will you be able to tick off?