‘’The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy’’ – Charles Dickens
As autumn approaches, no doubt we are encountering a mix of emotions as we wonder what the coming months will bring. Whilst many things may be out of our control, we can at least benefit from time spent in the great outdoors! Walking is recognised nowadays as a healthy pastime, promoting our sense of well-being and relaxation, a welcome distraction particularly at this time!
Now every season has its own unique beauty, but in many ways, 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 ….
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.
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 amber hue. There are a wide range of walking trails for your enjoyment.
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.
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