Swim in the sea, spot rare birds or log a geocache...
Swim in the sea
The South West's glorious coastline gives you practically endless opportunities to complete this particular 50 Things… challenge. Sandymouth beach at Bude is an ideal place to swim in the sea, there are lifeguards during the season and there is a National Trust car park and cafe.
Or Hemmick at Dodman and Black Head is a wonderful south-facing beach with stunning views only a short walk from the National Trust car park at Penare.
Holywell and Crantock beaches are also perfect places to swim amongst the waves. Both are life-guarded during the season and, again, have National Trust car parks.
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The coves at Lantic Bay and Lansallos are idyllic and there are loads of beaches at Roseland to choose from – why not pick a different one for each day of the week? The popular sandy beach at Porthcurno boasts warm(ish!) blue waters for you to enjoy. There are hidden coves and busier beaches all along the south Devon coastline and all offer a chance for a safe, refreshing dip in the clear waters of sheltered coves.
In Cornwall there are lots of sea birds to be spotted from the stretch of coastline at Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps. Rare corn buntings can be seen at Park Head and at Dodman and Black Head sea birds, farmland birds and peregrine falcons are all regularly seen.
There are many birds to be spotted along the coastline from Polzeath to Port Quin. At certain times of the year puffins can even be seen from the Rumps. Rare corn buntings can also be spied at Pentireglaze. The path from Sennen to Penberth is a prime spot to see Cornwall's distinctive red-billed choughs, which returned to the county in 2001.
At Godolphin, binoculars and information sheets are available for all visitors to spot the different species of bird which inhabit the estate.
Find a Geocache
Using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device, geocachers find small waterproof containers containing a logbook. Once they've found them they enter the date in the logbook and sign with their established code name.
Arlington Court near Barnstaple recently received two years' worth of sponsorship from Garmin, so is well-kitted out for this activity. There are many geocaches hidden around the Castle Drogo estate and Cotehele is also becoming a very popular geocaching location. And at Godolphin visitors can now geocache on Godolphin Hill and throughout the estate – new for the 50 Things... campaign.
There are lots of good routes set up at Heddon Valley on Exmoor and also at Levant Mine in Cornwall – it's a really fun and unusual way to explore the ruined site.
National Trust ranger Rob Drake has set up several caches at Polperro, Looe and Whitsand Bay for you to try to find, while geocaching is a great way to explore St Just to Cape Cornwall and discover hidden treasure at Botallack. At St Agnes and Chapel Porth there are extra activities in the National Trust caches. You can even borrow a GPS at the car park!
You can find out all about 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ at the National Trust's blog NTSouthWest.co.uk. Download the Wild-time Challenge Pack and explore local events at nationaltrust.org.uk/visit.