50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ on Headley Heath

Family discover a den built on the Natural Play trail at Box Hill, Surrey.

You can complete many of the activities along our Lizard trail, but if you’re feeling very adventurous wander off the main paths and find your own secret route. Remember to bring a drink and perhaps a picnic too.

Download the Lizard trail leaflet before you venture out or pick one up from one of our notice boards.

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Be an adventurer

No.1 get to know a tree
We’ve many fantastic trees for you to climb. Pick one that has strong branches and that you can reach from the ground. See how high you can climb – what can you see? Don’t forget that you’ll have to climb down too...There are many old trees on Headley,  look inside the hollows and see what you can find. Do any bugs live there?

No.4 build a den
Go deep into our woods and discover fun spots for hiding (old trees and leafy bracken), There are lots of sticks and twigs to build with too.

Or a discoverer

No.11 go on a really long bike ride 
With mum and dad, cycle part of the Olympic road race from Headley. Join the loop and head onto Box Hill or beyond - the Sustrans route 22 or the Surrey Cycleway are great rides.

No.12 make trail with sticks
Pick up sticks and use them as arrows to make a trail that twists and turns around trees and over logs. How long can you make your trail?

No.25 join nature's band
Headley is perfect for making grass trumpets on lazy summer days. Who will make the loudest trumpet sound?

No.27 go stargazing
Wrap up warm and cuddle up to wonder at the night sky. If you're lucky you might be able to make a wish on a shooting star.

No.28 climb a huge hill
Follow our paths up towards Box Hill. Can you make it without puffing?

A tracker

No.31 make friends with a bug
There are lots of creatures to hunt for; butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and spiders. Remember to leave the bugs where you find them, safe in their homes.

No.34 discover wild animal clues
Areas of Headley are often wet and perfect for seeing the indented footprints of many creatures – birds, rabbits and deer. You’ll also see many horse hoof prints, but can you track a roe deer?


'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

For lots of different ways to connect with nature and to get to know the world around you all while having fun, check out '50 things'.