The 10 Best autumn walks

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

The air is crisp and the colours are sharp, making this the perfect time of year to explore the UK’s most spectacular vistas

1. Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

Starting at Shepreth train station, this is a lovely circular walk that takes you via Barrington and Harlton as you wander through the Upper Cam Valley. The footpath is mostly flat, but there are a couple of fairly steep hills in the mix.

8.2 miles, ramblers.org.uk/shepreth

2. The Craigievar Castle Trail, Aberdeenshire

Set in rolling hills and lush countryside, Craigievar Castle cuts an almost surreal presence. The Disney-style pink-hued fortified house is surrounded by unusual trees that look fantastic in autumn. There are two trails.

nts.org.uk/Property/Craigievar-Castle/

3. To the top of Ben Lomond, Stirlingshire

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as ticking off one of Scotland’s many, spectacular munros. Ben Lomond is the country’s most southerly munro. The trek to the top is fairly challenging, but it is worth it for the stunning views.

nts.org.uk/BenLomondApp

4. Formby Red Squirrel Walk, Liverpool

Perfect for a family amble, this gentle walk through the woodland home of the red squirrel is the perfect way to spot one of Britain’s much-loved critters. Even if no squirrels are found, expect to see plenty of wildlife.

1.8 miles, nationaltrust.org.uk

5. Hinton Ampner Autumn Colour Walk, Hampshire

Taking in views of the South Downs countryside and the woodlands around Hinton Ampner, this two-hour walk should appeal to anyone hoping to enjoy the full spectrum of autumn colour. 

5 and 16 October, 10.30am-12.30pm, nationaltrust.org

6. Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate Family Fungi Walk, Stockport

In a setting steeped with the history of the industrial revolution, go on a hunt for mushrooms in the forest as the leaves start to fall. The walk goes round Styal woods and finishes, appropriately, with mushroom soup and a traybake.

21, 23 and 25 October, 10am, nationaltrust.org.uk. Adults £10, Children £5

7. Ashridge Autumn Colours Walk, Hertfordshire

A bright and fantastic walk for the season that takes you through woodland alleys, meadows and the historic Ashridge Estate. Starting at the visitor centre near Berkhamsted, it is ideal for Londoners who want a break from the city.

5.9 miles, nationaltrust.org.uk

8. Newgale to St David’s, Pembrokeshire

A bracing and breathtaking walk along the Welsh coast, which is long in distance but leisurely in terms of terrain. The route goes via the picturesque Solva village and includes wonderful views over the Solva Harbour.

9.6 miles, ramblers.org.uk/newgalestdavids

9. Little Salkeld, Lacy’s Caves and Long Meg, Cumbria

A 2.5-hour hike set in the unique surroundings of the Eden Valley. The comfortable walk passes by a river, the fascinating Lacy’s Caves cut into sandstone rock and the Long Meg stone circle.

5.6 miles, walkingworld.com

10. Scone, Perth and Kinross, Perthshire – The Royal Connection

Starting at the Old Church in Scone, this easy-going walk passes through lovely crimson woodland with pleasant views of nearby hills, as you stroll along footpaths of historic interest.

3.8 miles, ramblers.org.uk/sconeperthkinross

Sport
footballMatch report: Real fight back to ruin Argentinian's debut
News
Candidates with surnames that start with an A have an electoral advantage
newsVoters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Arts and Entertainment
Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jay James
TVReview: Performances were stale and cheesier than a chunk of Blue Stilton left out for a month
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
peopleReports that Brand could stand for Mayor on an 'anti-politics' ticket
News
The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 30 March
news
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning? Apparently not.
News
Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria
newsThe silk underwear is part of a growing trade in celebrity smalls
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Junior Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    IT Systems Analyst / Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    SCRUM Master

    £30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...

    Franchise Support Assistant

    £13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...

    Day In a Page

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

    Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

    The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
    Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

    Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

    The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
    DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

    Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

    Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
    The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

    Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

    The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

    The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
    Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

    Paul Scholes column

    I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
    Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

    A crime that reveals London's dark heart

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
    Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

    Lost in translation: Western monikers

    Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
    Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

    Handy hacks that make life easier

    New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
    KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

    KidZania: It's a small world

    The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker