No.12 make a trail with sticks

A girl with a stick in her hand beside the lake at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Making a trail with sticks is a great way to keep your friends/siblings/parents following you round for a couple of hours! Here are some of our top tips for making your trail. Gather up lots of sticks so that you can lay them on the ground in the shape of arrows. Then you just need to find someone to follow your trail to the end!

Making a trail with sticks doesn't have to be hard.
 

You'll need:

  • Sticks
  • People to follow your trail
 
And that's it!
 

What to do:

First, you'll need to gather up lots of sticks so that you can lay them on the ground in the shape of arrows.
 
Be careful when you're putting your arrows on the ground that you are leaving them where the people following your trail will see them, so on paths, or grass is much easier than leaving them on the floor of a forest that's already covered in twigs and sticks. This should make it nice and clear for your friends and family to follow.
 
You could make your trail even more fun for the people doing it by going over logs and around trees. You can see how it's done in our video.Then you just need to find someone to follow your trail to the end! 
 
 

Top tip:

Turn your trail into a treasure hunt by bringing something to hide at the end.
 

Where can you make your trail?

You can create a trail anywhere, from your back garden to one of our special places, but a forest might be a good starting place for gathering fallen twigs and sticks. Here are some of our favourite spots for making a trail that might help to get you started.
 
  • Woodland Walk, Waddeson Manor, Buckinghamshire
  • Wallington, Northumberland
  • Sheffield Park and Garden, Sussex
  • Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren, Hatchlands Park, Surrey
  • Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
  • Badbury Woods, The Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Oxfordshire
  • Powis Castle, Powys