Posted 3rd Sep 2015
There is still time to make the most of the outdoors as we head into autumn. We find out from James Cracknell, who has teamed up with Tracker and The Woodland Trust, his top tips for livening up your family walks
How else can I enjoy my walk?
There is so much to see and do during a simple walk in the woods, so having a range of fun activities planned will help ensure you make the most of your adventure. What I personally enjoy the most is the chance to get up close with the wildlife. Here are a few things to inspire you...
Make leaf faces and muddy smiles
Use mud and natural materials to make faces in the woods. See what sort of things you can find to represent eyes, hair, teeth, noses and beards and then get creative. Try making a face peeping up from the woodland floor, or down from a tree trunk.
Become a tree tracker
Britain’s woodlands are full of trees, each with their own unique features. Our native trees arrived and grew here naturally after the last Ice Age but common non-native tree species have since been introduced and can be found in parks, along streets, gardens and in areas across the British landscape. See how many different types of trees you can spot, using this handy guide from The Woodland Trust.
Track animal footprints
There are so many great animals that live in woodlands across the UK – they will leave very different footprints, depending on the size of their feet. Look out for paw prints and claw marks left by mammals, delicate tracks left by tiny birds and hoof prints made by deer or horses. If you find some tracks, why not follow them and see where they lead you?
The open space in woodlands make them the perfect place to create your own obstacle course. Try creating a series of hurdles for you to jump over or crawl under by balancing a thin stick between two logs.
To find out more information about making the most of your time outdoors visit www.tracker-bar.co.uk/get-off-the-beaten-track.
By James Cracknell for Tracker