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Get out in the fresh air and embrace all autumn has to offer.

Woodland Walks

Now is the time for dusting off your wellies, pulling on an overcoat and heading off into the countryside to experience the sights, sounds and smells of autumn.  We’ve selected seven of our favourite woodland walks to get you started.

autpage.pngAshridge Park - Berkhamsted, Bucks
The parkland has over 2,000 acres of commons and woodland and is part of the Ashridge Estate.  Steeped in history and dating back to the iron-age, there are guided walks and self-led walks from gentle ambles to the challenging 16 mile Boundary Trail.  For more information visit the National Trust.

High Weald - South East England
Nestled between the North and South Downs High Weald spans Kent, Sussex and Surrey.  High Weald incorporates a multitude of strolls, walks and rambles throughout the three counties from coastal to woodland and nature trails. Take a look at the self-guided walks on the High website, there are walks for all ages and abilities from easy to strenuous, select the distance and that’s ideal for you! 

Wayford Woods - Somerset
Visitors are no longer able to see the 200 fairy doors that once adorned the trees in these woods, but can still enjoy the magic of this small (29 acre) beauty spot.  Managed by a Charitable Trust and lovingly maintained, this woodland is the ideal place for a picturesque amble, walk or run!  For directions visit their Facebook page. Wayford Woods Charitable Trust, White Cottage, Dunsham Lane, Wayford TA18 8QN  

The Hermitage - Rumbling Bridge, Scotland
You’ll be following in the footsteps of royals, poets and artists when you visit The Hermitage.  Breath-taking scenery, the river Braan, a folly, a waterfall and wildlife a plenty awaits visitors.   You might spot salmon or even a beaver or two, also don’t forget to look up - The Hermitage is home to some of the tallest firs in Britain!  See here to plan your visit.

Gamlingay and Sugley Wood - Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire
First recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086, Gamlingay Wood is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  Sugley Wood was established 400 years ago and was mainly used for arable farming; planting began in 2002 to create a wood. A blaze of colour in the spring, but look out for deer, fungi and other wildlife in the autumn. Download an information booklet for more information.

Kiveton Community Woodland - Harthill, Sheffield 
Located on the site of the old Kiveton Park Colliery, and now managed by The Conservation Volunteers.  The woodland has well-maintained tracks for walking or cycling, grass and woodland for strolling and ponds to spot a variety of wildlife too!  Walk to the pit top for stunning views; also look out for the nod to the woodland’s heritage - its life-size sculpture of a pit pony and cart!  For more information see here.

Moore Abbey Woods - Monasterevin, Co. Kildare
The original building that sits in the woods dates back to 5th century when St. Evin founded a monastery, hence Monasterevin.  There are three circular walks, two easy and one moderate all of which are waymarked.  Choose from The Bluebell Way, (2.5kms easy), The Count John McCormack Way (3.5kms, easy) or the Gerard Manly Hopkins Walk (2kms, moderate).  For further information see here.

For twitchers who like to twin birdwatching with a walk, visit the RSPB Events page for a list of their forthcoming guided walks

Please look after the countryside by preventing the spread of diseases that affect our trees and shrubs - see how to protect our forests and woodlands, see here for biosecurity advice. 

7 Autumnal Tips


Jack o' Lantern at Halloween

Pumpkin Seeds
Don’t discard the seeds from your Halloween pumpkin; these little seeds are not only packed with magnesium and zinc, but many beneficial vitamins too. Simply rinse, season and roast for 20 minutes in your oven and enjoy a simple nutritious and delicious snack.

H2O – The Way To Go!
Don’t forget to drink lots of H2O - water isn’t just for summer, remember to keep hydrated. Not only does water detoxify, it helps us digest the food we eat more easily.

Smell The Season
Get out in the fresh air and embrace all that autumn has to offer. Indulge your senses in the sounds, smells and unique colours that this season has in abundance.

So Soft Skin
The wind and colder weather can play havoc with the condition of our skin. Take extra time to pamper yourself especially your face, remembering to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and finally moisturise with at least a SPF15 face cream, not forgetting a good lip balm!

Tick Tock
Our internal body clock senses the change in temperature and loss of daylight. Help reduce the impact this may have on your mood by maintaining a consistent sleeping pattern and therefore keeping your biological clock properly regulated.

Walking along a path in Autumn

Keeping Active
It can be easier to exercise when the temperature is cooler, so dust off your walking boots, bicycle or roller skates - and if you live near a beach, take a brisk walk along the coast. If you feel it’s too cold to exercise outside, why not try badminton, squash, dancing or table tennis?

Freshen Up Your Wardrobe
Pull out your winter wardrobe favourites and make sure they are ready to wear. Are they on-trend and do they still fit? Pack away your summer clothes ready for the warmer summer months.

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