50 Ways to Enjoy the Valley

There are so many ways the valley is enjoyed. If you are short of something to do, take one of the existing things from the map below. This is an ongoing project so the list below isn’t at 50 yet and some of those ideas aren’t even possible yet and will form future projects for the Friends Group. If you have suggestions then let us know via the suggestion box  at the bottom of the page. If you would like to help create some of the ’50 Ways’ during volunteer days then get in touch about that too

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  1. Climb a tree
  2. Roll down a really big hill – Roll or run, this hill is a great place for kids to get up some speed (although not too much)
  3. Camp out in the wild
  4. Build a den – This are has been a gathering ground for long sticks and great dens. Head here for some great den making fun.
  5. Skim a stone – This pond, just on the edge of Church Wood, is a great place to practice skimming. Please just be mindful of the wildlife here – a heron regularly sits on the opposite bank of this pond enjoying the peace and quiet.
  6. Run around in the rain
  7. Fly a kite – these areas are wide and open spaces to have fun flying kites when the wind is available
  8. Catch a fish with a net
  9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
  10. Play conkers
  11. Go on a bike ride – the whole of the valley is great for a bike ride with clear paths.
  12. Make a trail with sticks
  13. Make a mud pie
  14. Dam a stream
  15. Play in the snow
  16. Make a daisy chain
  17. Set up a snail race
  18. Create some wild art
  19. Play pooh sticks – Rumour has it that a boat building Elf lives very near this spot and is working on a beautiful strech of the brook to enjoy his favourite pasttime.
  20. Go on a wildfood hunt
  21. Explore inside a tree – a big old tree, rumoured to have been the same one that brought Elves to the valley, lives on here. Its inside is hollowed out and burnt from the many magic spells that bring the elves. It makes a great tree to get inside.
  22. Go on a walk bare foot
  23. Make a grass trumpet
  24. Hunt for fossils and bones
  25. Go star gazing
  26. Explore a cave
  27. Hold a scary beast
  28. Hunt for bugs
  29. Find some frogspawn
  30. Catch a falling leaf
  31. Track wild animals
  32. Discover what’s in a pond
  33. Make a home for a wild animal
  34. Go on a nature walk at night / lantern walk
  35. Plant, grow and eat something
  36. Go bird watching
  37. Find your way with a map and compass – with a dedicated map and waymarkers the whole valley can be enjoyed via Orienteering
  38. Cook on a camp fire
  39. Find a geocache
  40. Throw planes down a hill
  41. Hunt for Elves on an Elf Trail
  42. Hug a tree
  43. Have a picnic
  44. Go sledging in the snow
  45. Feed Squirrels
  46. Plant a tree – The last mass tree planting event took place here (Jan 2017) and the saplings are growing strong. The Friends of Rivacre Valley facilitate tree planting / dedications (with advice on where to plant from the Ranger) if you get in touch via the contact page.