A little round up of places to wander and things to do this autumn.
WHERE TO GO
1. There are woods closer to you than you think. Use The Forestry Commission or the Woodland Trust to find out where: they both have handy maps and postcode finders. Wildlife Trust nature reserves are teeming over with animals and are incredibly peaceful.
2. Walking Britain is the ultimate go-to guide, focusing on areas of natural beauty and with detailed guides to each walk, usually including photos.
3. Visit a National Trust property that includes walks. Each walk is a free download including route directions, a map and points of interest, and you can also browse by theme, such as coastal walks, wildlife walks or car free walks. My favourite is their guide to star Gazing spots featuring areas free of light pollution.
4. Area focus: Wales. Try Visit Wales for four of the most beautiful rambles in the country.
WHAT TO DO
1. Check out the BBC’s fantastic list, 20 Autumn activities.
2. Children will love the ideas on Breathing Spaces, such as planting for butterflies or creating a bug house.
3. Discover history. The Times lists classics like Hadrian’s Wall and Offa’s Dyke – read up on their past before you go, and savour retracing ancient steps. Go romantic and visit the grave of your favourite classic poet on your walk – most are buried in beautiful, tranquil country churchyards.