Great Autumnal Walks For The Family

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Autumn is the perfect time to get out in the fresh air, enjoy walking with your family and be dazzled by the autumn colours, said to be particularly good this year! 

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

You can embrace autumn colours in these beautiful gardens covering 180 acres. Don’t miss the special family trail with a tree house, Flying Carpet and new Super Snake swings. Watch the fish in the pond, run through the Bamboo Tunnels, over the Wobbly Bridge and Board Walk, or head up to the woods, home to rare breed pigs. Admission charge (children free). 

Where: Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA
More info: www3.hants.gov.uk

 

National Pinetum, Bedgebury, Kent

The National Pinetum has one of the world’s finest conifer collections with over 400 varieties and magnificent colours, with a choice of trails at varying difficulties. From November to February you can also watch their bird ringer at work. 

Where: Bedgebury, near Tunbridge Wells, TN17 2SJ. 
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Thetford Forest, Norfolk/Suffolk border

An area of heath and lowland forest this is a natural joy, full of mainly evergreens but also other trees varieties, the ideal setting for an autumn day out. You may spot deer as well. Within the forest is Lynford Arboretum with a family autumn trail.

Where: Thetford, Norfolk
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire

Autumn is the perfect time for a walk through the Forest of Dean. Don’t miss the Sculpture Trail (4.5 miles), a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculpture among the trees. 

Where: Beechenhurst Lodge, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EG
More info: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk

 

Lyme Park, Peak District

Explore the woods with a variety of trees that produce an amazing array of colours in autumn. Families will enjoy the playgrounds, family orienteering trails, classic games like croquet and autumn events. 

Where: Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NX
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Haldon Forest Park, Devon

The 3,500 acres of woodland at Haldon Forest Park has great walking trails and a Discovery Trail is specially for children. You can also hire bikes for a day of cycling with the family.  

Where: Haldon Gateway, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR 
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

 

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire


This is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and one of Europe’s most important wetlands. There are lots of different walks to enjoy, and the park is renowned for its autumnal events, with plenty of activities specially for children, from ranger walks to campfire cookouts. 

Where: Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

The National Forest, The Midlands

There are nearly 9 million trees in this brand new 200 square mile forest, with walks, cycle trails, and interactive activities like the Conkers Discovery Centre. 

Where: National Forest, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire
More info: www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

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