There are lots of things you might dread about the arrival of autumn. Shorter days, longer nights, colder weather, and the inevitable arrival of the sniffles at some point. But the winter months also bring with them many small pleasures – delicious roast dinners, cosy nights in watching TV, snuggly socks, wood burning fires, fireworks, festive celebrations…the list goes on and on!

One of our favourite things about autumn is watching the leaves change colour and seeing the trees glow in glorious hues of red, orange, and yellow. Here we round up some of the best places, all around the UK, to take leisurely autumnal walks and enjoy the beautiful surroundings…


Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Located just outside of Wakefield, and about a 25 minute drive from Leeds, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a free international centre for modern and contemporary art, where amazing and imposing sculptures are set against the rolling countryside. Unique in the UK, amble through fields, woodland, and along lakeside parks enjoying the changing colours of the leaves whilst discovering art works by amazing artists such as Henry Moore, Tracey Emin, and William Turnbull. There’s plenty to see for both first time visitors and returning guests – who are guaranteed to have a slightly different experience each time they visit.

For more information, visit their website here


Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

© Phil Bray

© Phil Bray

Huge Beech trees shed inviting piles of crisp autumn leaves, that line the trails and even the biggest of kids won’t be able to resist, as you walk around this sprawling country estate in the Chiltern Hills. Wander through the magnificent woods and explore the many well marked trails, whilst spotting the odd deer or stag grazing through the trees.

For more information, visit the National Trust website


Holyrood Park Edinburgh


A peaceful escape situated right in the heart of a bustling, vibrant city, Holyrood Park provides not only a wonderful place to appreciate the beautiful colours that autumn brings, but also one of the best views Edinburgh has to offer. Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat to breathlessly take in the stunning vista, enjoy getting lost amongst the wild grass covered hills and crags, or explore the impressive medieval ruin of St.Anthony’s chapel.

For more information, click here.


Richmond Park, London


The largest, and arguably most splendid park in London, you can walk, cycle or ride your way around the sprawling National Nature Reserve. Spot the park’s iconic deer grazing peacefully in their herds with the magnificent stag standing guard, spy St.Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound, or reward yourself after a long walk with refreshments at the pretty listed Georgian Mansion – Pembroke Lodge.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website


Sheringham Park, Norfolk


Amazing autumnal colours combine with awesome coastal views to make Sheringham Park in Norfolk an ideal destination for wonderful winter walks. An area famous in the spring for the many vibrant collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, the deciduous shrubs also have a good autumn colour that compliments the golden trees as they shed their crisp leaves to create an autumnal carpet for visitors to walk through.

For more information, visit the National Trust website


Speke Hall, Liverpool

© National Trust/Alex Muir

© National Trust/Alex Muir

Seeped in history and surrounded by gorgeous ruby red trees in the autumn, Speke Hall is a picturesque choice for any winter walk. The striking black and white manor sits in the centre of well designed and loving restored gardens on the banks of the River Mersey, and any afternoon would be well spent strolling around exploring the grounds and taking in the view.

For more information, visit the National Trust website


The Hermitage, Perthshire


There’s no better way to enjoy the crisp fresh air of this part of Scotland than a stroll through the wild landscape of the Hermitage in Perthshire. Towering fir trees line the paths that wind and weave their way down to Ossian’s Hall, which looks out over the dramatic Black Linn waterfall. Red squirrels will join you on your journey as you discover the spectacular landscape of this Scottish escape.

For more information, visit the National Trust for Scotland website


RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon


Enjoy the jewel coloured leaves of autumn during a day out to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in North Devon. A fun family excursion, or the perfect peaceful escape for just the two of you, the gardens at Rosemoor have got something for everyone amongst the stunning landscape. There are also a variety of events happening throughout the winter months that make multiple visits and must-do.

For more information, visit the RHS website