Britain’s 12 best autumn walks for 2023

The crisp, chilly autumnal air, the crunch of orange leaves under your shoes, and the stunning nature and scenery are all perfect for getting you in the autumn spirit. If you’re looking to get out into nature and admire the UK’s natural beauty, you’ve come to the right place! 

We’ve lined up 12 exquisite autumnal walks for everyone to enjoy this fall season. From mindful nature walks to secluded hikes, discover hidden natural spectacles of Britain’s countryside and coast this autumn.

Brockenhurst – Hampshire

New Forest in HampshireEmbrace the colours of fall this autumn season as you explore Brockenhurst. Part of the enchanting New Forest National Park, enjoy a sensory stroll through nature in this woodland walk.

Looking to keep the kids entertained throughout your woodland walk this autumn? Add a fun autumn scavenger hunt to your day of walking. Your little ones will love collecting and spotting each classic natural autumn feature. But don’t forget to add first to spot a pony to the list. The New Forest National Park is home to five thousand native ponies!

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Wendover Woods – Buckinghamshire

Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire in autumn With five varying trails to choose from, Wendover Woods is the perfect day out for the whole family. This autumnal woodland walk spans across the magnificent Chiltern Hills and offers all the essentials for visitors to spend a whole day here.

With picturesque views looking down onto the Buckinghamshire countryside, mindful walking trails, a friendly cafe and picnic area and an exhilarating tree-top adventure at the Go-Ape activity course, discover heaps of vivid autumn colour as you swing through the trees or stick to the trails this autumn.

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Hadrian’s Wall – Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall, NorthumberlandNorthumberland is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors! The coastal path runs for 64 miles, while inland you can follow the Pennine Way from Hadrian’s Wall through the tranquil and unspoilt Northumberland National Park.

As a walker’s paradise, Hadrian’s Wall is a well-respected World Heritage Site, making it the perfect spot to start your walk down to the imposing Cheviot Hills in the North. The peacefulness of this countryside location truly makes for a relaxing and mindful day of exploring.

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St. Michael’s Mount – Cornwall

St. Michael's Mount in CornwallCornwall is perfect for you if you’re looking for more of a seaside coastal stroll. If you are a keen walker, Cornwall has some of the best coastal paths to explore. Including the famous St. Michael’s Mount causeway walk.

With stunning views of the sea leading up to the island, combined with fresh coastal air, this autumnal walk makes for a truly mindful experience.

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Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls – Brecon Beacons

Ystradfellte Four Waterfalls in Brecon BeaconsYou’ve probably heard of the famous Brecon Beacons in Wales, but have you discovered the hidden natural beauties that exist around this already stunning national park?

Just shy of the town of Ystradfellte lies a beautiful walk consisting of 4 stunning waterfalls. Walk along this tranquil woodland trail and make your way down the valley. Admire each tumbling Welsh waterfall in all its glory and end your walk at the magnificent Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall. This trail is guaranteed to make you one with the stunning nature of Wales.

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Holyrood Park – Edinburgh

Holyrood Park in EdinburghAs one of many magnificent nature spots in Edinburgh, Holyrood Park and Palace is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the fresh autumn air. With an impressive set of grounds and woodland area spanning over 640 acres to explore, this Scottish beauty is worth visiting during the autumnal season.

Climb the famous Arthur’s Seat and admire the 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians. Or check out the site’s free park exhibition. Discover the ancient grounds’ history and learn about endless walking trails that can be enjoyed.

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Ayrshire Coastal Path – Ayr

Ayrshire Coastal PathIt’s no secret Scotland’s wildlife comes into its own in the autumn. The nation’s stunning National Parks are populated with red deer, while grey seals can be spotted around the islands off the western coast. Why not give the Ayrshire Coastal path a go?

Spanning over 100 miles along the coastline from Hunterston to the quaint town of Ayr, explore the gorgeous Scottish coast at your own speed this autumn. With thriving wildlife all along the path, keep an eye out for otters, foxes, weasels, deer, goats and seals during your walk!

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The Hermitage – Perthshire

The Hermitage in Perthshire, Scotland in autumnThis magical woodland walk buried deep in the Scottish countryside is a charming spot to reconnect with nature this autumn. Part of the National Trust for Scotland, The Hermitage is home to humongous Douglas firs pine trees and scenic waterfalls that can be overlooked from Ossian’s Hall, just a short walk from the car park.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for a spot of wildlife watching during your visit! Red Squirrels and Beavers are regularly spotted throughout the forest.

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Catbells – Cumbria

Catbells in the Lake DistrictPrepare to be confronted by glorious natural beauty all around as you discover the picturesque autumnal Lake District walking spot of Catbells.

Catbells is a grand fell made for more experienced wanderers, offering rewarding views of the surrounding lakes. Don’t forget your camera for this autumnal walk! The vivid orange hues of the mountainous landscape flourish throughout the autumn period – perfect for nature photographers.

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Flamborough – Yorkshire

Flamborough in YorkshireYorkshire’s dramatic coastline is home to some of the best autumn walks in the UK, and short breaks in this stunning landscape guarantee a mindful experience. Walk the towering coastal path of Flamborough Head, with promises of stunning coastal views and a refreshing ocean breeze.

Flamborough Head is a packed destination during summertime, making autumn the optimal time to walk this peaceful trail. The path leads up the cliffside through a hiking area known as the Drinking Dinosaur, an epic natural land formation, and ends at Flamborough Lighthouse, a stunning local landmark built in 1669 but never used.

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Lacock – Chippenham

Lacock, Wiltshire in autumn The quaint village of Lacock, Wiltshire, may not be the first place you think about when planning your next autumnal walk, but it is a stunning place to visit and explore. Boasting gorgeous views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside, you’ll find yourself admiring each unique cottage and its charming architecture throughout the town centre.

Famously known for being home to the beautiful National Trust site of Lacock Abbey, Lacock can also be spotted throughout the Harry Potter franchise, with various filming locations throughout the village and National Trust site. Take a wander around this stunning English village and visit the magical sights nearby for a relaxing autumnal day out with the family.

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Regents Canal Walk – London

Little Venice, London in autumnYou may not think it, but there are many London trails to enjoy the UK’s natural beauty around the city. Why not try Regents Canal Walk, a 9-mile walking route starting in the exquisite Little Venice neighbourhood and finishing at the River Thames?

During this autumnal walk, you will encounter some of London’s famous landmarks, including the Camden Locks, Regents Park, Kings Cross and plenty of central London. This trail is particularly popular during the autumn months due to the colourful trees along the trail coming to life with orange and bronze tones!

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