50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ this autumn in the Lake District

Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and head out on an outdoor adventure in the Lake District this autumn. Here are our top '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' to try as you're out and about:

A boy uses large branches to build a natural den

No. 4 Build a den

Den building is one of our favourite activities and there’s no better place to build a den than in the woods at Wray Castle. Create your own home from home and use it as the base for other wild adventures.

Choosing stones for skimming, Buttermere Valley, Lake District

No.5 Skim a stone

Try your hand at stone skimming on a walk around the lake. Buttermere is the territory of 'Captain Skim', whose record is to skim a stone for 26 skips - can you beat him? There’s a good spot to try out your skimming skills just by the rock tunnel.

Young girl with kite streamers

No.7 Fly a kite

Make the most of any windy days by heading to the coast to fly your kite. Wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with a stroll along the cliff tops at Whitehaven and see if you can get your kite to dance on the breeze.

A family at Aira Force in Ullswater

No.19 Play Pooh Sticks

With no fewer than 5 bridges to choose from, you can crunch through the woodland and play pooh sticks ‘til the sun goes down here. Don't forget to look up though - Aira Force is one of our most impressive waterfalls, tumbling 65 feet!

Go bug hunting at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

No.31 Hunt for bugs

Go wild like William and Dorothy Wordsworth used to do. Hunt for surprising creatures around Wordsworth House and Garden and get some tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven. Pick up a free explorer bag from the house every Sunday throughout the autumn.

Children running through woods kicking up leaves

No.33 Catch a falling leaf

Stay alert as you wander under the trees in the woodland around Sizergh and see if you can tick number 33 off your list - catch a falling leaf. With thousands of leaves just waiting to drop, are you fast enough to catch one?

Children bird watching

No.44 Go bird watching  

Head into the woodland around Allan Bank to see if you can spot the birds who make it their home. Or take a seat on a comfy chair inside the house, grab a pair of binoculars and watch the birds heading to the feeders on the edge of the lawn. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive red squirrels who visit too.