ARE THESE THE BEST FIVE AUTUMN WALKS?
We have picked five favourite walks to enjoy this Autumn. Each one gives a different reason to get out and see something special, from the colour of the leaves to the wildlife, scenery and even a bit of culture.
The walks are available to download to your smartphone and tablet, and have been published by The AA, Cicerone Publishing, and by ViewRanger users David Knockton, Nigel Holliday, and Steve Green.
Lyme Park, Stockport - Following in the Steps of Mr Darcy
For those who enjoy period drama, a good Autumn walk is the Following in the Steps of Mr Darcy route located at Lyme Park, Stockport, the set location for the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
The walk is 5.5 miles, walking around the perimeter of the Lyme Park estate and has been published on ViewRanger by the AA.
Lyme Park itself is a 1,300-acre estate offering fantastic walks and stunning views. Of particular note are the red and fallow deer herds found in the grounds of the estate. At this time of the year the deer are rutting – often likened to something between a lion’s roar and a belch, and is a must see (or hear) if you are nearby!
The New Forest, Hampshire - Bolderwood Circular
If trees are your thing, then where better than the New Forest to see the beautiful yellows, oranges and reds we associate with autumn. The forest is famed for its wildlife including wild deer and horses. The New Forest - Bolderwood Circular route is of particular merit, with free parking and an opportunity to stop halfway for food and drink at the New Forest Inn. It is a 12 mile circular route, of medium difficulty and is free to download.
For a quick London escape another good forest walk is the Epping Forest walking route to Ambresbury Banks and Queen Boudicca Obelisk that offers plenty of sightings of fallow deer.
The route features some beautiful open countryside as well as enclosed woodland. This route is 11.4 miles and has been given a difficulty rating of very easy by David Knockton the author, who has uploaded a number of free walks in the forest for others to enjoy.
Lake District, Cumbria - Catbells
For those of us that are based further north, or perhaps considering a short break here are two recommended routes. Firstly Catbells loop, situated in the heart of the Lake District. Catbells is a modest sized fell, just south of Keswick. Once at the summit, there are spectacular views over Derwent Water and the surrounding countryside. The Catbells loop walk is 3.5 miles, with a difficulty rating of medium by author Nigel Holliday.
The recent addition of Late Rooms.com to the route means there are some tempting offers of accommodation nearby such as the Lynton Lodge Studio which has beautiful views and sleeps four for £100.
Yorkshire Dales - Burnsall and Trollers Gill
Our final recommendation is a spooky autumn walk at Burnsall and Trollers Gill located in the Yorkshire Dales. This walk goes through Trollers Gill a limestone gorge, carved out by the river over time. Legend has it the gorge is home to trolls, making it the perfect creepy autumn walk!
The Burnsall and Trollers Gill walk is 7.7 miles long and also passes through the village of Burnsall which has the Good Guide approved Red Lion by the River Wharfe and the Parcevall Hall Gardens. The village church has Viking tombstones and inside is a memorial to Sir William Craven, a local benefactor who rose to become Lord Mayor of London - the personification of Dick Whittington. The route is provided by Cicerone Publishing.
Hopefully these routes have inspired you to get outdoors this autumn.
Cold weather is too often used as an excuse to stay indoors. Grab a pair of boots, a jumper and a coat, switch on ViewRanger and enjoy the beautiful countryside around you.
Let us know where you get to by geotagging some good pictures to your route.