Exploring the Family Discovery Trail

Families enjoying the buggy friendly Discovery Trail

A two-mile accessible route around Claverton Down, with woodland play area.

Search for magical doors in the Long Wood elf and fairy foray, complete a series of challenges, all part of '50 things to do before you're 11¾', or just let off some steam playing in the woodland play area.

The Family Discovery Trail is set amongst woodland and pasture with some superb views of Bath - a place of freedom for families to roam and enjoy.

To find the area, head towards Claverton Down. The woodland play area is opposite the Sulis Club on Claverton Down Road - National Trust signage visible from the road, at point 8 on the main Bath Skyline map.

For a map and further directions for the Family Discovery Trail, see below

Family Discovery Trail leaflet and map (PDF / 4.8837890625MB) download

How to get to the woodland play area (PDF / 0.158203125MB) download

No National Trust parking available.

If you're keen to search out some fairy doors, or minibeasts as you explore, here are some downloads to get you started:

Family Discovery Trail bugs activity sheet (PDF / 0.2705078125MB) download

Family Discovery Trail - Fairy trail sheet (PDF / 0.7412109375MB) download

Find out more about the family discovery trail 

Our family discovery trail is a two mile, buggy friendly route full of fun and adventures for everyone.

Activities along the family discovery trail

Letter clues: Look for 14 letter clues along the trail. Can you guess what word they spell?

Balcony challenge: Find the biggest hummock made by yellow meadow ants.

Klondyke Feilds forage: Hunt for bugs, pick blackberries (Sep - Nov) and make a grass trumpet.

High-tech treasure hunt

If you love following clues, and hunting out treasure, turn your walk on the skyline into an adventure and look for our four geocaches. Designed to suit all ages, the whole family can participate. 

Find the coordinates for our geocaches on geocaching.com. Just bring a handheld GPS or use a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone and you’re ready to start treasure hunting.

Thanks to all our geocachers, we have a complete story from the Skyline. Read it here.

Girls geocaching at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Wicken Fen - Geocaching Girls
Girls geocaching at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

50 things

Take the chance to reconnect with nature and have a play in the great outdoors with these ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. You can pick up your own 50 things booklet at our roving purple shepherd’s hut (manned most weekends) and start ticking off challenges like den building and bug hunting while you roam the Bath Skyline.

Winter is great for:

  • Flying kites

  • Catching falling leaves

  • Splashing in puddles