11 Incredible autumn colour walks
Hot chocolate by the gallon, cosy scarves, crunchy leaves beneath your wellies. Little compares with an autumnal walk. Want to know where to catch the best colour this season? Find the most spectacular strolls (with pit-stops) here.
Want to see our epically beautiful counties cloaked in colour? Read on for the best places to go for an eye-popping, soul-lifting stroll in Glos & Worcs – with great cafe pitstops too.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos
Dog friendly, this 56 acre site is brimming with brightly coloured gardens, trees and shrubs from around the world. With one of the largest private tree and plant collections in the country you’ll find maple and cherry trees and the multi-coloured leaves of the Liquidambar tree. Head to the cafe to warm those cockles post-stroll.
Stratford Park PLUS Autumn Tree Walk, Stroud, Glos
This under the radar park in the heart of Stroud is the most glorious place at leaf-falling time. Park up in the large, free car park and wander through its ancient trees, all bursting into colour, then have a hot chocolate at the Museum in the Park here whilst you take in this view (above). Book in for a special Autumn Walk on 29 October from 2pm – 3.30pm, a guided walk for adults and kids aged 7+ exploring the beauty of trees and autumn colours.
Forest of Dean, The Sculpture Trail, Coleford
The fabulous Forest of Dean is a delightful place for some autumn leaf-crunching. This ancient woodland stretches for miles. Set off from Beechenhurst Lodge, head to Symonds Yat for spectacular read and yellow views across the River Wye or hot foot it up to the Blaize Bailey viewpoint for some truly breathtaking autumnal scenes. Then enjoy the wow-factor Sculpture Trail – an arty autumn experience we love.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Glos
Shake up the way you see autumn with a walk through the red and gold canopies. This 300 metre long, 13 metre tall new skywalk at Westonbirt is a stunning way to see the seasons change – from tree top height. With a world-renowned collection of 15,000 trees the Arboretum is incredible at this time of year – we love it for dog walks. With more than 15,000 specimens of trees spread across 200 acres, including thousands of Japanese maples, Persian ironwoods and American hickories. Dip into the great eco cafe here to refuel, it’s full of tasty treats and warming drinks.
The Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Worcs
The historic Wyre Forest is a stunning place to head for a variety of woodland walks and trails amongst beautiful ancient oaks woods and statuesque fir trees. Set across 6,000 acres it’s one of England’s oldest remaining forests (so max forest-bathing vibes here) See the colours on one of the three marked walking trails, the family cycle route, bike hire, horse trails or strap on the trainers for a techni-coloured jog.
Rococo Garden, Painswick, Stroud
Visit this exquisite 18th century garden during autumn and you’ll find some stunning autumn displays from native and exotic tree species – it’s a carpet of golds and reds, and see the garden wildlife and gorgeous follies as they fall! Watch out for news of a possible Autumn Festival Weekend at the end of October with free apple-pressing demonstrations, apple bobbing, apple baking around the fire pit, and lots more activities for families to enjoy. There’s a lovely bijou cafe here serving up the best hot chocolate for miles around and luscious slabs of cake.
Blackhouse Wood, Malvern, Worcs
Take an eight miles walk through a trail at the wild Blackhouse Wood Nature Reserve. Dogs are welcome and this place is bursting with untamed autumn colour during October. You can even download an audio tour and map here. Cloaking part of the Suckley Hills in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s a fantastically rich ancient semi-natural woodland.
Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway, Worcs
There are fewer more picturesque walks in the Cotswolds than scaling Fish Hill from the village of Broadway, and going up to Broadway Tower. Make it to the top and take in a stunning 360 degree vista of autumn colours in the Broadway Country Park. Nip into Morris & Brown Cafe for some amazing coffee and cake to refuel. Find a tailor-made walking map at the Lygon Arms, just nip in to reception to ask for one. You can even book a guided walking tour.
Cranham, Coopers and Buckholt Wood, Gloucester, Glos
This beautiful, easy-going walk whisks you around one of England’s most treasured habitats and beech woodlands. Follow four miles of dappled sunlight and colour-popping trees to discover the cathedral-like calm of Buckholt Wood, and wonder at the dizzy heights of Cooper’s hill where for hundreds of years the foolhardy have risked their necks for cheese and glory. Autumn awesomeness with a touch of the wild and crazy.
And if autumn ambles are all about the conkers for you – try these beauties
Head to Pittville Park in the centre of Cheltenham. Lined with huge horse chestnut trees, giant oaks and ancient yew trees, Pittville Park is a prime place for conker hunters. Try the new orangery cafe here for a warming pick-me-up.
Or, take a trip to a Muddy fave – the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester. This beautiful, stately park which has horses trotting by, is a dream-scape in autumn and is filled with ancient horse chestnut trees, just remember to bring a large bag. Need a cuppa something warm? The super cool Beano trailer (a real silver Airstream!) dishes up all kinds of delights, from flat whites to flapjacks, and even doggy ice cream.