Family Bushcraft at the Watlington Chalk Pits (2801))

Sunday 23 May ~ 10:00 AM

Join Alex DeWitt at the Watlington Chalk Pits for a half day of fun filled nature-based activities including making decorative leaf prints, bracelets with elder beads, and lighting cotton wool with fire steels. There will be a number of different activity stations then we all meet back for marshmallows over the fire. Ideal for age 7+.

Alex DeWitt of Alex Bushcraft runs high quality bushcraft courses in the Chilterns, including skill building, nature activities, primitive and modern fire lighting, foraging, wild camping.

This event is organised in partnership with the Watlington Climate Action Group.

Route Details

2 - 2.5 hours


£5 per head

Meeting arrangements

The event will take place at Watlington Pits nature reserve, off Hill Road, where the Ridgeway National Trail crosses it. Nearest parking is in Hill Road car park (OX49 5AD, free parking), it is 1km from there up Hill Road to the chalk pits. There is space for only two cars parking close by the nature reserve itself, off road on the left if driving out of Watlington (OX49 5AF nearest post-code), so please leave these for use by Blue Badge holders.

Walk Leader

Alex DeWitt, Alex Bushcraft and the Chilterns Conservation Board

Family Friendly

Ideal for ages 7+


Access to the Chalk Pit is via a narrow kissing gate and rough ground. There is a pavement from Watlington to that point, on slightly rising ground, and the Icknield Way on either side of the road is navigable for buggies, though rough for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Further Information

Suggested age range 7+. Each child MUST have a supervising adult present.

Participants should bring warm and waterproof layers of clothing and a drink and snack.

Each bubble is recommended to bring hand sanitiser so they can sanitise their hands after handling objects or using craft tools. You are recommended to keep 2m distance from people not in your bubble. There are no toilets in the Chalk Pits. There are public toilets in the centre of Watlington.

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