50 things to do in the Chilterns Countryside

There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had with our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Here's our 'Top Ten' that you can do in the Chiltern Countryside. How many can you complete?

Two girls catch a crab on the Isle of Wight

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activity list 

Find out about all of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities with this handy list. From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.

A great tree to climb at Coombe Hill

No. 1 get to know a tree

We have some great trees around the Chilterns like this splendid beech tree at Coombe Hill. There is so much more to a tree than just climbing it, each has its own story to tell. Find a tree to get to know, it's a great starting point for exploring nature.

Hills at Bradenham

No. 2 roll down a really big hill

Watlington Hill, Bradenham and Coombe Hill have some great slopes you can roll down. Choose a grassy slope that's not too steep where there are no wild flowers, and make sure you can see where you will end up before you start you roll.

Den building

No. 4 build a den

Head to the woodlands at Bradenham, Low Scrubs, or Pulpit Hill, where you’ll find numerous fallen branches to build a perfect den. Choose a dry flat spot for the most solid build, and please only use branches that have already fallen from the trees.

Learn to fly a kite in Knole Park, Kent.

No. 7 fly a kite

Whilst it's great to be on a hilltop like Watlington Hill or Coombe Hill there are plenty of windy areas at Bradenham too. Top tips – choose a breezy day, not strong winds or gales, and stay well away from trees and the monument at Coombe Hill.

Child building a woodland den

No. 12 have fun with sticks

Pick up sticks, stones or fallen leaves and lay a trail for your family to follow. Please don’t pick sticks from living plants or trees though; there will be plenty of fallen ones.

Man and two children playing a grass trumpet

No. 25 join nature's band

Find a wide blade of grass and hold as taught as you can between your two thumbs, take a deep breath then blow across the blade of grass which is held in the small gap between your thumbs – you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Coombe Hiill from below

No. 28 climb a huge hill

Put on your trainers and walk up one of our hills, and don’t forget to take a moment to admire the views when you reach the top. Coombe Hill, Watlington Hill and Pulpit Hill are quite steep – can you climb to the top of one of these hills without stopping? Top tip – take your time and remember Aesop's Fable about the tortoise and the hare.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

No. 31 make friends with a bug

All of our sites are rich in wildlife, but they are not always easy to find. Bring a magnifying glass and search under stones and fallen branches, or on the bark of a fallen log. We leave logs on the ground deliberately to make homes for the bugs.


No. 44 watch a bird

All our Chiltern Countryside sites are havens for wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled and listen carefully for their calls. To get a closer look, take your binoculars and don't forget your camera for pictures. You are very likely to see a buzzard or one of our magnificent red kites. Top spots are Bradenham, Watlington Hill and Coombe Hill.

Girls holding a map and compass atop a hill

No. 45 find your way with a map

Use a map to find your way as you explore. Always work out where you are on the map before you set off so you know you’re starting in the right place. It also helps if you hold the map the right way round!

A little girl balances on the rocks at Wembury Beach, Devon

Safety information for 50 things activities 

Safety is really important to us. We've got lots of tips on how to have fun completing our '50 things' activities, while keeping safe. Read our general advice and discover links to useful websites containing more information.