50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Roseberry Topping
As the great outdoors goes, Roseberry Topping really is great. It's full of cool creatures and fantastic adventures. The National Trust has tracked down 50 of the best outdoor things to do before you're 11 ¾ and there are loads of them you can do here.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and start ticking 50 things off. It sounds like so much fun even our rangers are having a go. Here are some of their favourites:
No.1 Get to know a tree
Every tree has a different character. Lots of big old oak trees grow around the bottom of Roseberry in Newton Wood. Did you know, the English oak supports more wildlife than any other tree species native to the UK?
No.2 Roll down a really big hill
It might not be a good idea to try and roll all the way down Roseberry, but there are quite a few nice grassy slopes you can roll down. Try to avoid thistles and nettles.
No.17 Set up a snail race
Look under stones and logs to find your champion racing snails. Make sure you give them plenty of encouragement once they're off. Be sure to return them to the spot you found them so they can take a well-earned rest.
No.18 Create some wild art
Collect some natural materials such as fallen leaves, twigs, pebbles - anything you can pick up which isn't living or growing. Then let your imagination run wild to create some amazing artwork.
No.22 Find some funky fungi
Autumn is the best time to spot fungi in all sorts of shapes and sizes, especially in the woods. Rotting logs and damp areas amongst fallen leaves are a good place to start.
No.25 Join nature's band
It's easy to make a grass trumpet. All you need is a nice big blade of grass and plenty of puff. Or a couple of twigs make great drumsticks for a hollow log drum. Set your inner musician free and discover how many different sounds you can make.
No.26 Hunt for fossils and bones
Roseberry was formed in the time of the dinosaurs. It was under water back then, so try looking for loose rocks in the woods and you might find the fossilised remains of sea creatures.
No.28 Climb a huge hill
This has to be the best thing ever to do at Roseberry Topping. We're convinced you'll agree that the view from the top is amazing.
No.31 Make friends with a bug
Newton Wood is a great place to hunt for bugs including beetles, woodlice, centipedes and ants. Look under rotting logs and fallen leaves. Be sure to leave everything as you found it so the bugs don't have to find a new home.
No.44 Watch a bird
You don't need to be an expert to enjoy watching birds. Head for Newton Wood (early morning is best) and very soon you'll get to know different types such as blackbird, blue tit and great tit, robin, song thrush, black cap and even great spotted woodpecker. Listening to their calls is a great way to learn how to identify them.