50 Things to do before you're 11¾ on the Yorkshire Coast

A boy rock pooling with a starfish in a net Yorkshire Coast
Rockpooling on the Yorkshire coast National Trust Images / Megan Taylor

As the Great Outdoors goes, the Yorkshire Coast really is great. It's full of cool creatures and fantastic adventures. The National Trust has tracked down 50 of the best outdoor things to do before you're 11¾ and there's loads of them you can do here.

For tips on how to get better at these adventures, play a few games and find out how to win a special explorer medal check out our new 50 Things website.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start ticking the 50 Things off. It sounds like so much fun even our Ranger team are having a go.

No 1. Climb a tree

Hayburn Wyke is our top spot for tree climbing on the Yorkshire Coast. Try to find a tree with big sturdy branches and get climbing.

No 2. Roll down a really big hill

Find a nice grassy slope to roll down. It's best to avoid places with thistles and nettles growing. 

No 5. Skim a stone

We recommend heading to the beach on a day when the waves aren't too big so you can get lots of bounces.

No 17. Set up a snail race

Look under stones and logs to find your champion racing snails. Make sure you give them plenty of encouragement once they're off.

No 18. Create some wild art

Collect natural materials and make some awesome artwork. Twigs, fallen leaves, pebbles - anything you can pick up, as long as it isn't growing or living. 

No 20. Jump over waves

Take off your socks and shoes, roll up your trousers and jump those waves! Makes paddling much more exciting. 

No 22. Take a look inside a tree

There could be all sorts of exciting creepy crawlies in a hollow tree. Just take a peek and see what you can find.

No 24. Go on a walk barefoot

Feel the sand, grass or mud between your toes. The world seems different when you feel it through your feet. 

No 25. Make a grass trumpet

It's easy to make a grass trumpet. All you need is a nice big blade of grass and plenty of puff. 

No 26. Hunt for fossils and bones

The Yorkshire Coast is famous for its fossils. It's not too hard to find fossil remains on the beaches all the way along the coast but our favourite spot for a good hunt is Port Mulgrave.

No 37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

There are loads of great places to go rock pooling on the Yorkshire Coast. Try Robin Hood's Bay, Saltburn or Boggle Hole. 

No 39. Catch a crab

While you're checking out those crazy creatures, see if you can catch a crab. Remember to keep your fingers away from the pincers. 

No 42. Go swimming in the sea

If you're feeling brave, take the plunge! If the weather is warm enough, there's nothing nicer than bobbing about in the sea. 

No 44. Go bird watching

You don't need to know much about birds to enjoy watching them. You'll soon learn to identify a few types and recognise their calls too.

No 49. Find a geocache

There are loads of geocaches hidden along the coast, so it's a great place to try out this exciting hobby for the first time. There are some tough ones to keep experienced geocachers entertained too.