6 scenic walks that are perfect for Autumn

1

Watch the trees explode into colour

Batsford Arboretum

A woman walking through the Autumn colours on display at Batsford Arboretum in the Cotswolds.

First planted during the Victorian era, Batsford Arboretum has grown massively over the last century and now stretches across 56 acres, with a variety of trees from around the world. A particular joy in autumn when the trees burst into life with a mixture of deep oranges and vibrant reds, Batsford can be explored via a variety of trails and has an on-site garden centre, allowing you to recreate the scenery at home!

2

Bask in the sweet scent of candy floss

Wakehurst

Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst is home to several National Collections and various oddities, including England’s largest growing Christmas tree! Take a wander through the grounds, packed with plenty of autumn highlights including a candy-floss scented katsura tree, to discover everything Wakehurst has to offer. Or stop by on the 23rd or 27th October for special guided tours.

3

Stroll around a serene lake

Stourhead

Specifically planned and planted to spring to life in the autumn months, Stourhead is a popular destination for visitors around the world in October and November. Particularly tranquil in the mornings, a walk around Stourhead’s central lake is full of colour, thanks to the variety of trees and shrubs on the edges of the garden. Whether you’re early or late in the season, you’re bound to see something exciting and vivid here.

4

Take afternoon tea in a tennis court garden

Exbury Gardens

Spread across 200 acres, Exbury Gardens is an expansive collection of shrubs, flowers and unique features, like a tennis court tea garden! Autumnal highlights include the Top Pond and Jubilee Hill; both come to life near the end of the year, thanks to the bright, intensely coloured trees and flowers in close proximity.

5

Get a bird's-eye view of the Lake District

Cat Bells, Lake District

A view across Derwentwater in the Lake District.

This fairly short walk may prove a little tricky for some, but trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views across the Lake District from the peak of the fell. The climb is just as pretty too; during the spring and summer, Cat Bells is lively and green, while in autumn, brown bramble stretches across the hill, giving a suitably dramatic feel to the area.

6

Explore branching paths and dense woodland trails

Allen Banks

Venture through ancient woodland on one of the various trails that wind through Allen Banks for a true escape from the bustle and noise of modern life. Suitable for both families and dog owners, you can head straight for the picturesque Staward Gorge or take a little more time and get lost between the auburn trees and shrubs.

02 Sep 2020(last updated)

Don’t miss

Image through the trees of the House in the Clouds

9 ways to escape the everyday in Suffolk with Fred Sirieix

Two people cycling down a road in the Peak District, England.

7 spectacular circular cycling routes

The historic bascule lifting bridge over the River Thames, Tower Bridge built in the late 19th century. Dusk, sunset. Flat calm water, and the cityscape of the city of London financial and business district in the background.

9 ways to escape the everyday in London

Man climbing up cliff face in the Peak District

6 places to visit to kick off autumn in style

High angle close up of woman holding bowl of food, Baltic Market, Stanhope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK.

7 foodie hotspots to eat up on an autumn break

Top station of Lynmouth-Lynton Cliff Railway with views over the coast

9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

  • 1

    Batsford Arboretum

  • 2

    Wakehurst

  • 3

    Stourhead

  • 4

    Exbury Gardens

  • 5

    Cat Bells, Lake District

  • 6

    Allen Banks

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account