New Season To-Do: A Woodland Walk
It feels as though just a moment ago it was summer… Now, leaves are beginning to fall and it’s just that bit cooler. That’s great news if you love walking as now is the perfect time to take in the changing scenery and beautiful, autumnal colours of local forests. Here are a few places that make great day trips or overnight stops alike…
Glen Finglas, Stirling, Scotland
This Woodland Trust estate is home to some of the oldest trees in Scotland. Take a ramble over the open heathlands, see the lochs, berries, breath-taking views and lots of wildlife. You can also plant a free tree!
New Forest, Hampshire
This National Park is best known for its wild, roaming horses; though there are lots of other things to see and do, too. You can take a self-guided woodland walk, see the landscapes and wildlife on an open-top ‘safari’, or hire bikes for the whole family. I’m planning a weekend stay in the New Forest this autumn – if you like the idea of doing so too, here are a few ideas of where to stay (or you can always take a look on Airbnb).
Foxley Wood, Norfolk
Like Scotland’s Glen Finglas, Foxley Wood is home to ancient woodland (the last in Norfolk). While you wander through forest’s narrow paths, you should also look out for Tawny Owls, woodpeckers and butterflies.
Kingley Vale, Sussex
Red kites and Buzzards are just some of the birds you’ll be able to spot amongst the Yew trees – some of which are over 500 years old and more than 5 metres wide. Follow the signposted nature trail at Kingley Vale for the spectacular views of the birds soaring up above.
Hackfall Woods, Yorkshire
If ancient architecture is more your thing, Yorkshire’s Hackfall Woods makes a great choice. There are four listed buildings – some of which you can rent for a short break, and the strikingly restored Banqueting House is surrounded with stunning hilltop views.