1. Climb a tree

Check out the view!

What you need:

  • A tree with big strong branches you can reach from the ground
  • Trainers or boots – you don’t want splinters in your toes
  • A big wave for everyone down below


Keep three of your arms and legs on the tree at all times, and don’t forget to check it’s dry before you climb.

We’ve got loads of great places where you can climb a tree – here’s our suggestion of the top 5:

  1. Brownsea Island, Dorset – have a go at the new tree trail , climb the trees and have a go at identifying them at the same time.
  2. Fyne Court, Somerset – lookout for the ancient Spanish Chestnut with twisted bark
  3. Pepperbox Hill, Wiltshire – there are plenty of trees to pick from to find the right one for you.
  4. Stourhead, Wiltshire – see Stourhead from the tops of some of the tallest trees on the big family tree climbing days with expert tree climbers.
  5. Cotehele, Cornwall – beside the picnic tables are some amazing trees for children to climb

If you feel you might want a bit of help tree climbing, why not head on one of our organised events over the summer:

Did you know?

Brian Muelaner, our Ancient Tree Advisor asks ‘Do you know trees can walk? Think about this when you’re climbing around the lower branches of a tree. Sometimes with these lower branches, gravity eventually wins and when they grow, they touch the ground. They put down roots, become separated from main tree, and this main tree can later die. This happens repeatedly, and the tree effectively walks – genetic testing has been done in some instances to show it’s the same tree.

Win a tree climbing experience at Stourhead:

Do you remember climbing trees as a kid? How did it made you feel and what could you see? Let us know and you’ll be in with a chance to win four tickets to go tree climbing at Stourhead one weekend in August. You’ll join our qualified tree-climbers, Joe and Luke, for an exciting tree top adventure, including opportunities to climb some of our giant trees. We’ll pick what we think is the best description on Friday 19th July.

To get you started, we asked some National Trust staff for their memories:

Shona – I always used to climb the sycamore tree in our back garden when I was a kid. I remember the feel of the sticky sap on my hands, and my mum always used to know I’d been up the tree because I’d have big green marks on my clothes. I only remember climbing the tree when it was in leaf, so my memories are of rustling leaves around me as I sat with a sense of achievement on the highest branch I could reach.

Ben – My grandparents had a huge oak tree in their back garden that was perfect for climbing. My twin sister was really competitive so I always had to make sure I climbed higher than her! I remember you could see the road from the top of the tree so I’d always know when my parents were coming to collect me!

To enter, leave your memory of climbing a tree as a comment on below after reading the Terms & Conditions for this competition.

Don’t forget we’d also love to see your pictures or videos of you completing this activity – you can share them via Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #50in50fest.

50 Things Festival

50_purple_verticalYou can have a  summer of fun with the National Trust by taking part in our ’50 things in 50 days’ festival.

Starting on Saturday 13th July, each day we’ll be giving you ideas, hints and tips on where and how you can complete your list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 this summer. Continue reading…