Every season has its own unique beauty, but for me autumn outshines the rest! Even the greyest day struggles to dampen spirits, when set against a vibrant display of autumnal colour! An ideal time to wrap up warm and explore the countryside. A woodland walk at this time of year is particularly special so here are a few ideas….
With such beautiful areas to explore, we’ve also included a selection of our superb B&Bs should you wish to stay over and take time out to relax and unwind!
New Forest National Park
A stunning area of ancient forests and heathlands, created by William the Conquerer as a hunting ground for deer and wild boar. Many fine oaks were used for building the ships for the monarch’s navy, particularly Henry VIII so a ‘New’ was planted to replace them.
The New Forest Walking Festival takes place between 13th and 28th October, a great opportunity to join guided walks led by experts and discover more of the history, heritage and wildlife of the forest.
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.
Grizdale Forest, Lake District
Grizdale Forest, 10 square miles of natural woodland offers something for everyone. From walking and cycling trails to its famous outdoor sculptures, is known to be particularly spectacular in the autumn. Well worth a visit.
Visit ancient oak woodlands and stunning moorland landscapes, a colourful treat at this time of year. Great for bird-watching too with birds of prey, such as red kites, buzzards and peregrines often visible on the skyline.
So, enjoy all that this season has to offer, a great opportunity to pause and reflect before the busy times ahead!