It might not mean much to families outside the region but the word 'plodge' is a familiar one in the North East and it has fond associations: mainly to do with getting messy.
It has drawn up a programme of events for the school holidays which encourage all ages to get out and about - and messy, muddy and back in touch with nature at the same time. So that means digging out those wellies.
Besides the likes of enjoying a plodge in the mud at Gibside and making the sloppiest of mud pies at Seaton Delaval Hall, ideas include helping to plant 100,000 snowdrops at Wallington and building a bird box at Souter Lighthouse.
The National Trust also has a list of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾’ challenges, which range from jumping in puddles to making homes for wildlife.
Here are its top seven suggestions for where to visit - and the venues' normal admission charges will apply.
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