Whilst winter might be fast approaching, it’s all the more reason to put on your walking boots and enjoy the spectacular countryside in its autumn glory. It’s a great time for bird-watching too as millions of migrating birds head for UK shores making this their winter holiday destination. Here are a few suggestions for walks this autumn:-
Hatfield Forest, Essex
Located 3 miles East of Bishops Stortford, Hatfield Forest, the last remaining royal hunting forest dating back to Norman times, inspires the imagination with its ancient woodland and open savannah type landscape. Autumn heralds a great time to visit showcasing wonderful colours as the leaves on the trees change to an amber hue. There are a range of walking trails for your enjoyment, see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest/lists/hatfield-forest-walks
Blakeney Point, Norfolk
Head to Blakeney Point to take in the views of this beautiful coastline. Look out for flocks of golden plover as well as wigeon and dark brent geese on the grazing marshes and reed beds. For details of a coastal walking trail, see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney-national-nature-reserve/trails/blakeney-freshes-coastal-wildlife-walk
Brownsea Island has a wide array of interesting habitats for the wildlife enthusiast and at a mile long and just under a mile wide, you can easily enjoy a stroll through woodland or along the beach with views from the far end of the island stretching across to the Purbecks on the left and to the coastal town of Poole to the right, known as having one of the biggest natural harbours in the world. It’s the season to spot red squirrels as they gather nuts such as beech, sweet chestnut and hazelnut, so take time out to escape from the busyness of the mainland this autumn.
Speke Hall, Liverpool, Merseyside
It’s a fantastic time of year to explore the estate of Speke Hall, a stunning Tudor manor house situated in Speke, Liverpool. Walk through ancient woodlands in their colourful autumnal splendour, watch out for migrant birds on the Merseyside coast and savour spectacular views over the Wirral, North Wales.
We hope this has inspired you to get out there, there’s so much to see and do!
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