Around 13% of the United Kingdom is woodland so as you can imagine there are many opportunities to reconnect with nature on an autumn walk. You can choose from 10 national parks, more than 240 nature reserves and plenty of arboretums.
At Porter, we’ve been researching some great Autumn walks for you to experience the beautiful changing colours, the crisp air and the breathtaking early sunsets.
Westonbirt Arboretum, the real colours of Autumn
The Westonbirt Arboretum is a must-do at this time of the year.
Located at the heart of the Cotswolds, near to the unique village of Tetbury is this special place.
Westonbirt arboretum is one of the best private forests in the country. They have 200 years of history and are home to more than 15,000 different specimens of plants and trees.
Among their trees, make sure you check out the Acer Glade and their collection of Maples. They also have an incredible collection of exotic trees that make you feel like you could have been transported to a different country.. What’s more, at this time of the year, you’re going to experience an explosion of colours while walking throughout their grounds.
If you have kids this is a great day out, with plenty of activities for them too. The best plan to book for your October Half term holidays!
Gower Coastal Walk, enjoy Autumn next to the sea
Autumn walks are typically all about big trees, changing colours and yellow leaves dropping on the floor, but how would you feel doing a coastal walk? The temperature and fewer crowds make it perfect for this time of year.
The Gower Peninsula was the first area of the United Kingdom to be named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we understand why. With around 20 beaches to choose from and 39 miles of walking tracks, this is a great place to experience the great outdoors.
With all the walks this place has to offer, we highly recommend the one that goes from Rhossili to Mewslade Bay. You’ll be surprised by the breathtaking cliffs and the glorious beaches in this circular walk.
You can finish it off by visiting the lovely village of Rhossili where you can enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea.
Raby Castle Gardens, discover the wildlife of fall
Located at the north end of England, this medieval castle can offer you a thrilling autumn walk.
The grounds of Raby Castle are stunning. With more than two centuries of history, its walled gardens offer a wonderful experience.
One of the most charming spots to visit here is the Deer Park. The 200 acre park is a great place to spot these magnificent animals. If you are lucky enough, (as it’s rutting season) you could spot some ruts while you’re there. Please, don’t forget to do it at a safe distance. It might be worth taking some binoculars with you.
If walking around Deer Park isn’t enough for you, we recommend getting inside the castle and experiencing the grandiosity of this historic site.
Loch Lomond, magic in the Highlands
Scotland is always a good option, but during Autumn it’s definitely a must visit!
The highlands are a magical place and the colours of the season couldn’t suit them better. There are many choices, but we want to highlight Loch Lomond as we think it provides many possibilities.
Loch Lomond, at the Trossachs National Park offers unlimited, astonishing views. We love this location due to the variety of walks on offer from climbing big mountains to having a gentle relaxed walk, this part of the country has a walk for everyone!
When you’re ready to rest your legs, you can find one of the best lodges in the UK right there.
Calke Park, history through trees
Last but not least, Calke Park in Derbyshire is the place to visit if you’re passionate about trees.
This fascinating park holds one of the oldest trees in Europe. Walking through Calke Park, you’ll have the opportunity to see trees with centuries of history, varieties of fungus, several invertebrates, and some of the most spectacular birds.
The walk is dog friendly and you can complete it with a visit to Calke Abbey.
We really hope this article has inspired you to plan for some walks around this season. If you manage to get out for an Autumn walk, we’d love to see your photos. Remember to tag us in any pictures.