No. 2 Roll down a really big hill

A boy rolls down a hill at Sizergh

Rolling down a really big hill is perhaps the best way ever invented to get to the bottom. It's also the most fun. So get out there, find a hill, and enjoy no. 2 of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities.

What you need:

All you need for this challenge is yourself and a really big hill (the clue was probably in the name). It can be a hill anywhere, though you're probably going to find it nicer to roll down a soft, grassy hill.

How to do it:

Once you've walked to the top of the hill, you can just lie down and then roll your way to the bottom. It's always fun to do this one with lots of friends, then you can even challenge each other to see who gets to the bottom of the hill first.

Enjoy the ride:

As you're rolling down, try to keep your eyes open. What can you see? How does it feel as you go round and round on the grass? Try to make a sound when you roll - what happens to your voice as you go down? It can be hard to do all of this in one go, so you'll probably have to enjoy a few rolls down your hill to find out. 

Top tips:

  • Keep your hands and arms as close to your body as you can while you're rolling.
  • Look out for things you wouldn't want to roll in (like cow poo or nettles) on your way up the hill and plan your roll down so that you avoid any nasties.
  • Combine this activity with no. 28 climb a huge hill and you'll laugh your way through two of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities at once.