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Our Top 10 Autumn Spots

Feel good in the forest this autumn. Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the season with a visit to one of our top ten sites. Download a route map to plan your walk. Look out for our secret autumn colour spots!

1. Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat, Herefordshire

Autumn colours at Symonds Yat

Grade: Moderate
Length:
2.8 miles 
Route highlights: Picturesque landscapes, secret waterfalls, deer and a hidden gorge.
Route Map:
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Indulge your senses with this fantastic circular walk. Feast your eyes on spectacular views. Listen out for secret waterfalls and a hidden gorge.

2. Grizedale, Carron Crag Trail, Cumbria

Autumn colours at Carron Crag

Grade: Hard
Length:
3 miles 
Route highlights: Panoramic vistas and unique forest art.
Route Map:
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Take on the challenge of Carron Crag for breathtaking autumn scenes. Experience the impressive panorama at the summit. And the tactile sculpture, 17 Degrees South, by artist, Linda Watson.

3. Westonbirt, Silk Wood Trail, Gloucestershire

Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum

Grade: Easy
Length:
1.6 miles 
Route highlights: A world-class collection of maples, a treetop walkway and vivid autumn colour.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Lift your spirits with a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum, home to a globetrotting collection of over 15,000 trees. Head to the treetop walkway to soak up the colours of the season and really feel good this autumn.

4. Delamere, Blakemere Trail, Cheshire

Autumn colours at Delamere

Grade: Easy
Length:
2.7 miles 
Route highlights: Bird life and beautiful views over Blakemere Moss.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Delamere Forest is a special autumn treat. Listen to the sounds of its vibrant bird life. Take stock amid the majesty of Blackmere Moss lake.

5. Bedgebury, Seasonal Trail, Kent

Autumn colours at Bedgebury

Grade: Easy
Length:
1.25 miles 
Route highlights: Giant dawn redwoods, the view over Marshal’s lake and an aromatic Katsura tree.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

The National Pinetum is autumn gold. Enjoy the delightful reflection in Marshal's lake of giant redwoods, swamp cypress and larch. Inhale the caramel aroma of the Katsura tree with its beautiful heart-shaped leaves.

6. Hamsterley, Bedburn Valley Trail, County Durham

Autumn colours at Hamsterley

Grade: Moderate
Length:
2.5 miles 
Route highlights:
A babbling brook, forest art and a sprawling, sheltered valley.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Head to Hamsterley for a sprawling oasis of forest amid a beautiful, sheltered valley. See artist Phil Townsend's impressive Green Man sculpture, a fitting tribute to nature that was carved on site.

7. Salcey, The Church Path Trail, Northamptonshire

Autumn colours at Salcey

Grade: Moderate
Length:
1.5 miles 
Route highlights: A bird's eye view of ancient woodland from the stunning Tree Top Way.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Stock up your senses amid Salcey's ancient woodland. Explore the Tree Top Way for a bird's eye view of your surroundings.

8. Wyre, Giants Trail, Worcestershire

Autumn colours at Wyre Forest

Grade: Moderate
Length:
2.2 miles 
Highlights: Giant oaks, an arboretum and an array of ancient woodland.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Wyre Forest boasts one of the largest ancient oak woodlands in England. Stroll through the 'Valley of the Giants' to experience the splendour of these incredible trees. Visit the arboretum for an additional autumn adventure.

9. Alice Holt, Habitat Trail, Surrey

Autumn colours at Alice Holt

Grade: Easy
Length:
0.6 miles 
Route highlights: A rich mix of native trees and fragrant, pine-scented air.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

Alice Holt’s Habitat trail weaves through native trees like oak, beech and rowan. Explore the forest at your own pace. Breathe in the fragrance of pine-scented autumn breeze.

10. New Forest, Tall Trees Trail, Hampshire

Autumn colours at the New Forest

Grade: Easy
Length:
1.5 miles 
Route highlights: Mixed, ancient woodland, giant sequoia and the Blackwater Arboretum.
Route Map: Download now and discover our secret spot

The New Forest’s ancient and ornamental woodlands are a truly magnificent sight. Marvel at its glorious conifers, beech, sweet chestnut and oak. Pay a visit to the giant sequoia, two of its largest trees.

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Last updated: 10th October 2017

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