5 of the best UK autumn woodland walks

5 of the best UK autumn woodland walks

Posted 31st Oct 2019

Head out and about this weekend with one of the best UK woodland walks…


It's time to grab your wellies and venture into the great outdoors for some fresh air, family time and dog walks

With the UK's woodlands starting to turn a gorgeous amber colour as we approach winter, there's no time like the present to experience the beautiful scenery your local footpaths have on offer. Whether it's a 20 minute dog walk, or an all-out ramble, gentle exercise, like walking, is great for both your physical and mental health and is said to even relieve symptoms of high or low blood pressure.

Plus, woodland walks are a great way to spot the local wildlife and take some lovely photographs! Common woodland animals that you can look out for include grey squirrels, buzzards, cuckoos, hedgehogs and roe deers. Take a pair of binoculars and give the little ones a checklist to see how many they can spot.


1. Ashridge, Hertfordshire


With over 5,000 acres of land on offer at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, there are miles of footpaths through its rolling countryside to be enjoyed.

Dog walkers, horse riders and ramblers are all welcome, but the estate does ask for dogs to be kept under close control at all times.

At Ashridge Estate, you'll also be able to get a glimpse of the herds of wild Fallow deer that roam the grounds and have been doing so for hundreds of years!


2. Castle Coole, Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland is abundant with beautiful autumn walks – just one of them is the lake walk at Castle Coombe. 

Created by the 1st Earl of Belmore in the last 18th Century, the walk follows part of the original historic track around the lake, giving you beautiful views of the Castle Coombe mansion and estate.

If you love water birds and fancy having a go at twitching, be sure to look around the lake's dense reed beds for a sight of the lake's mallards, tufted ducks, mute swans, herons, water hens, kingfishers and much more!


3. Standen Estate, West Sussex


Standen Estate is home to 100 acres of land, which includes routes to the Weir Wood Reservoir, where you can explore the meadows and sandstone rock outcrops, or to Kingscote Railway, where you can find connecting steam trains to Sheffield Park to East Grinstead.

Plus, with a variety of walking lengths on offer, it's ideal for families of different ages.


4. Trelissick, Cornwall


This time of year is perfect for seeing the seasons change in the gardens of Trelissick. 

With an abundance of oak trees changing colour into rich ochres and oranges, it's perfect for taking in the beautiful colours of autumn and getting some stunning snaps!

Look out for the magnificant Japanese red cedar tree in the main lawn as well, which is over 1,000 years old!


5. Craigside, Northumberland


This Northumberland-based beauty is a must-see for autumnal landscapes.

With walks ranging from a short stroll to a hike through the middle of the estate, there's something for everyone. Take a trip down the Lime walk to see highlights from the estate's industrial heritage, including the quarry, stone cutting bench and a shepherd's hut, or follow the Nelly's Moss lakes walk for a pushchair-friendly trail!

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