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ESCAPE TO THE WOODS THIS AUTUMN: OUR TOP SPOTS

It’s our favourite time of year to explore the local trails. Depending on where you venture to, we can guarantee you’ll be bumping into significantly less people that during the summer peak season. You can go at your own pace and clear your mind in peace and quiet. The cooler temperatures during the day are more comfortable especially on multi day hikes where your clothing will stay drier and colder nights are more suited for sleeping in a tent or keeping fresh food longer. Aside from that, it’s the autumn colours which make these upcoming weeks unmissable and here are some of our favourite spots to catch the best views in the UK. 


1. Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean, Herefordshire - 4 miles

This small village in the Wye Valley is a popular tourist destination for good reason. If you’re after the best view, head to Symonds Yat Rock. Not only will you be standing above the gorge with the most amazing scenery, you’re likely to spot plenty of wildlife on the way. If spending an entire weekend outdoors appeals to you, there are campsites and caravan parks close by. 

 

Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean

2. New Forest, Hampshire - various length walks

The New Forest is extremely varied in terms of hiking. From easy family walks to long 8+ mile walks with opportunities to venture off trail as well, there will be something for everyone. With more than 50 square miles of woodland, home to a variety of tree species, autumn is the perfect time to visit. 

3. The Temple of Flora, Stourhead, Wiltshire - various length walks

The Temple of Flora sits within the garden in Stourhead. There are various walks within the estate (dog friendly too!) and they can take 1-2 hours. All in all though, if you’re after a leisurely day with fantastic scenery of the autumn leaves reflected in the lake, this is the place for you. 

 

The Temple of Flora in Stourhead

4.Thetford Forest, Norfolk

The Temple of Flora sits within the garden in Stourhead. There are various walks within the estate (dog friendly too!) and they can take 1-2 hours. All in all though, if you’re after a leisurely day with fantastic scenery of the autumn leaves reflected in the lake, this is the place for you. 

5. Carron Crag and Grizedale Forest Walk - 9 miles

This is the longest and hardest hike from our top picks and includes the summit of Carron Crag at 314m high where you will take in the panoramic views. If this one sounds too much, there are many more walks that also begin at Grizedale Visitor Centre. 

 

Carron Crag


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