Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

Off The Beaten Track With Tracker

This weekend we have taken advantage of the glorious Autumn weather we have had and got out in our local country park to explore the great outdoors and all it has to offer. There is nothing we like more than to get out of the house and get some fresh air together, with so many parks and rights of way around us we are really lucky to be spoiled for choice to take a long walk together and even if the weather isn’t perfect we always have a great time.  

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

This time of year there are so many things to see and do outdoors and by taking a different route this weekend and going deeper into the forest we discovered all sorts of mushrooms large and small, elder berries, blackberries and lots of dry crunchy leaves to play in! It’s amazing just how many steps you can do without noticing when you are having fun and if you are running out of inspiration on how to keep the kids engaged, take a look at the top tips below for some great outdoor ideas.

Tracker is celebrating three decades of being one of the top cereal bars to add to lunch-boxes over the UK both for kids and adults. In celebration Tracker have partnered a new initiative with The Woodland Trust and James Cracknell to encourage the nation to get Off The Beaten Track and help to achieve walking 30,000 miles this year. You can get involved and be a part of this by getting out into the great outdoors with your family and pledge how many steps you will have walked by the end of 2015. It’s very simple to pledge just head the Tracker website  and enter your details, and as a thank you for participating every person who pledges will be have a chance to win some Tracker bars to take on your next walk. 

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

Tracker Off The beaten Track - Getting Out Into The Great Outdoors

My Top Tips 

There is so much fun to have outdoors and it needn’t be boring for you or the kids, when we go outdoors quite often we do some or all of the following ideas to hold the kids interest. If your kids get a little bored while out walking why not try some of the following tips from me and some top tips from James Cracknell to make the walk enjoyable and fun for everyone. 

Take a checklist:
Create a page of photo’s of things you will find while out on your nature walk and laminate the page. While you are out it gives the kids a focus to find all the nature items on the list and don’t forget to take a pen so they can tick off each one as they find it.

Forage for seasonal produce:
It’s amazing what you can find on your woodland walk and it’s so much fun to forage for produce you can find in nature. Remember to pack some containers to collect up your bounty, at this time of year you can find blackberries, mushrooms, hazelnuts, sloe berries, rose hips and elder berries and more. It’s a fun way to get the whole family involved and when you return home you can all come up with a tasty recipe to serve up from your foraging. 

Have a scavenger hunt:
With so many things you can find, pack a bag each and collect up some Autumn items you can take home and turn them into crafty masterpieces you can make together. Pine cones, dried leaves, twigs, feathers and acorns are just a few things you can find to make some fun craft projects with when you get home. 

Climb trees:
Of course make sure that the kids are safe at all times but getting out in nature means there are plenty of trees out there to climb, it’s such a fun activity and gives a real sense of achievement to achieve. If they are unsure and don’t want to for fear of heights why not find some fallen logs to climb across instead. 

Become a nature photographer:
Take a camera on your walk so the kids can document the day by photographing all the interesting and fun things they find along the way. Make sure you charge up the battery or take extra with you and when you get home upload the photos to remember the day and why not make a photo book of your memories. 

Top Tips From James Cracknell 

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 fun activities planned will help to make sure 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! 

3D Art: 
Have fun creating 3D art using twigs found on the ground. Try building a twig tower – simply stack your twigs on top of each other and see what sculptures you can make. 

Obstacle Course: 
The open space in woodlands make them the perfect place to create your own obstacle course. Try crawling a series of hurdles for you to jump over or crawl under by balancing a thin stick between two logs. 

Walking is a great way to stay fit and healthy and this challenge from Tracker will help you stay motivated by pledging your steps to the campaign, don’t forget to register your steps on the Tracker website and you could be packing some free Tracker bars in your bag for your next trip into the great outdoors. 


*Collaborative post with Tracker Mars Inc*

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  1. September 29, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    So many ideas, thank you. We love stamping in the crunchy leaves on the way home from nursery every day 🙂
    I always carry snacks for my son when we go out but rarely take something for myself. I love tracker bars, no idea why I haven't taken one out with me before x

  2. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    October 1, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    we do little "treasure hunts" the treasure being red leaves, conkers, fetahers, etc …. 🙂

  3. October 2, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Beautiful pictures! I never thought of foraging for food, but I love that idea, I definitely want to try that now. Great tips, great post x

  4. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 2, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Some great ideas – Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  5. October 3, 2015 / 8:27 am

    I love collecting confers with my grandsons and get back home to cosy up together and talk about our day

  6. October 3, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Fantastic ideas and being outside is one of our favourite past times xxx

  7. Tracy
    October 5, 2015 / 5:47 am

    Oh, I love this post so much! Brilliant ideas!

  8. October 7, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Lovely ideas- you have given me lots of inspiration! x

  9. Max power
    October 11, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    looks like a lot of fun

  10. October 11, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I love walking in Autumn, we go walking with the dog every weekend!

  11. October 13, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful day 😀

  12. October 14, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Fabulous photos! I adore Autumn & Winter time! We go on forest walks and love to collect conkers! We also collect big sticks for the fire! I also love Tracker Bars….they used to do a Roasted Nut flavour. It was amazing!

  13. October 18, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    I love your photos. It's great getting out in the autumn and going for long, brisk walks with my 3 gorgeous kiddies.

  14. October 19, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Lovely photos, I so need to invest in a good camera x

  15. kim styles
    October 19, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    we collect black berries and elderberries to make jam

  16. October 20, 2015 / 7:55 am

    We love being in the great outdoors as a family too. There is nothing more rejuvenating and invigorating than after a stressful week in work, spending a weekend outdoors. We love visiting our local country park with it's stunning scenery, hillside walks and lovely meandering river. We are also lucky to have a beautiful mountain about 15 minutes drive away which has the most amazing views from the top and makes the difficult walk to the top all the more worthwhile!

  17. October 20, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    sounds like great fun, we do love love things like this as a family too

  18. October 20, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Autumn is the BEST time of year!

  19. October 20, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    We love being out walking this time of year. So much to see and do and it's so fresh.