Climb a tree

'When I climbed up and looked down, everyone else looked like mice they were so small. I liked the fact that you could hide and see the house from inside the tree.’
Jessica Swales, age 8, Kids’ Council

Child playing in tree on Brownsea Island, Dorset

Climb a tree on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is made for adventure, the free tree climbing trail is a great way to explore the island.

Children playing in the woodland at Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Climb a tree at Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire, Wales is a National Nature Reserve, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, and home to some very climb-able trees.

Children enjoying the trees in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Climb a tree at Hatfield Forest, Hertfordshire

Hatfield Forest is the best surviving example in Britain of an almost complete Royal Hunting Forest. Where better to find the perfect tree to climb?

Children sitting on a tree branch at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October

Climb a tree at Rowallane, County Down

Rowallane’s gardens are a mix of formal and informal spaces. Its trees range in ages, size and colour, and there are plenty of great climbing opportunities.

A girl hugging a tree trunk

Climb a tree at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke is perfect for outdoor play and exploration, so why not tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾ list on your next visit? You’ll get a great view from the top of a tree.

Children sitting in a tree on a sunny day at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Climb a tree at Stourhead, Wiltshire

If you've got a head for heights, a visit to Stourhead should be top of your list. You can reach the top of the tallest tree and watch the world go by.

Children climbing trees in the grounds at Wallington, Northumberland

Climb a tree at Wallington, Northumberland

There is something for everyone on Wallington's 13,000-acre Northumberland estate - including some fantastic trees to climb. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored.


How to climb trees

The great outdoors is full of amazing thing to do - try No.1 on our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - climb a tree.