Climb the Dunstable Downs

A young girl holding a kite at the 2014 Dunstable Kite Festival, on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

The East of England is not known for hills, but Dunstable Downs are an amazing 243m above sea level. This is the highest point in Bedfordshire, part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and full of exciting wildlife.

How many butterflies can you and your family count as you walk? Can you see any paragliders taking off? There are also plenty of great coppiced trees for children to explore.
'This hill is hugely popular with local families. On a clear day you can see eight counties from the top and it’s awesome for cycling back down,’ says Rose Roberts, a ranger at Dunstable Downs.
‘We also celebrate Eid, the last day of Ramadan, at the top of the hill. It’s a really fun event with workshops, children’s activities and henna artists.’
Remind the children to take their kites, as windy conditions mean that this is an ideal spot for ticking off number seven on their 50 things list. There is even a kite festival in summer. Or if the weather’s a bit calmer, you can reward hungry walkers with a picnic at the top.