Low Level Balancing Trails

Balancing trail

A low level balancing trail, or Playtrail, will provide endless challenge and fun for children of all ages.  For the younger children, just getting along one piece of equipment without touching the ground will be an enormous achievement. 



short balancing trailAs they get older, they will set themselves harder challenges!  The trail can be laid out with all the pieces together. Children will then compete to get round the whole trail without any contact with the ground.  This example of a short balancing trail  has a Tyre Crossing, Stilts, Inclined Balance Beams, a Wobble Board and a vertical Jungle Rope Crossing.  Stepping Stones link the items and make it possible to go from one to the next without touching the ground.


Another way to use a balancing trail is to arrange the items along a longer route.  Then both adults and children can enjoy a walk or a run in pleasant surroundings, stopping for a fun balance challenge at several points along the way.  See below for details of some of the items to include:

 balancing trail

rolling log crossing


A 200mm log mounted between two vertical timbers, and with a rope to hang on to (if you need to!)

Can you keep your balance? 





balancing trail

Ladder Walk


Just 350mm above the ground, but quite a challenge to balance your way along the 2m length. 







wobble bridgeWobble Bridge


The bridge is 2m long, in a 1.2m high framework.  The bridge planks are supported on chains, so some concentration is needed to get to the other end!





Hanging Logshanging logs


Interconnected round logs suspended from a sturdy frame.  Overall height 2.1m, length 2.5m.








balancing trailinclined balance beam


Two connected 2m lengths of 13mm x 90mm timber.  The highest point is 600mm off the ground.







Burma Bridgeburma bridge