Autumn sees our surrounding landscapes turn from the lush and vibrant greens of summer to rich shades of red, yellow and gold. Before the last of the leaves fall and give way to that rumoured blanket of snow, make the most of one of Mother Nature’s most stunning displays with some of our favourite spots for a refreshing autumn walk.
A stunning valley in the Welsh national park, brimming with ancient Oak woodlands, coniferous forests and river banks lined with bracken that burn a vivid orange at this time of year. That early evening autumn sunshine sees the whole valley soaked in a warming orange glow. Find a moderate 3-mile walk through the valley here.
A 7-8 mile walk with everything from steep sided gorges, crags and wild woodland to spectacular viaducts, bridges and pretty drovers road; Pitlochry in Perthshire really does have it all if you’re looking for a variety of different landscapes. With a few challenging sections, this might not be one to take the little ones on but, for a leisurely weekend walk and a stunning display of autumn colours, it’s an easy choice. Find more detail here.
Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire
The light in Carding Mill Valley is truly special and not something to miss at this time of year. Rather than the bright oranges, reds and yellows you might go looking for in autumn, you’ll be greeted by a sea of blues. From the deep diesel hues of the sky at dusk to the sparkling rivers and wild heather, the views are nothing short of magical. Find more information, including the local rangers favourite views here.
Keats’ Walk, Winchester
‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…’ This is the picturesque walk that inspired John Keats’ famous ‘Ode to Autumn’. Set off from near the majestic cathedral and stroll out to the Water Meadows and River Itchen. A gentle two mile round trip through beautifully tranquil and oh-so-easy landscape. Discover more here.
Speke Hall, Liverpool
According to the National Trust, ‘you’ll find yellow in virtually everything around Speke Hall’. Watch the trees and grasses turn from vivid green to a soft glowing yellow, stroll along the golden sands of the estuary and enjoy the warm light of early autumn sunsets. You’ll find plenty of birdlife on the banks of the Mersey, plus there’s plenty of history to be discovered in the grounds of this stunning Tudor house. Find out more
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