10 of the Best Autumn Walking Routes in the UK

Autumn is possibly the best time of year to explore the glorious countryside locations the UK has to offer. Throughout the Autumnal season, the British countryside comes alive with a warm palette of colours just waiting to be discovered across the picturesque landscapes. Here is a collection of some of the best autumn walking routes to try out autumn…

#1 Killerton Garden Autumn Walk

Killerton, Devon


A beech avenue in autumn on the estate at Killerton | © National Trust Images/Clive Nichols

This is a fantastic walking trail if you really want to see all of the beautiful autumnal colours in the garden. This seasonal walking trail takes you on a short tour around the main paths of the garden, where you can admire deep orange berries of the Chinese Scarlet Rowan, red berries and furry leaves of the Cotoneaster lacteus and much more! This walking route lasts about an hour but it is in the ‘easy’ category – meaning that it is suitable for the whole family. It’s time to get your walking boots on and discover Killerton Garden this autumn!

#2 Autumn Colour Trail at Ashridge

Ashridge Estate Woodland, Hertfordshire


Golden Valley in autumn at Ashridge Estate | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

This walking route takes you to see some of the most breathtaking views of Ashridge in autumn. You are guaranteed to see some of the best autumnal colours through this walking trail. You will need to pack your most comfortable walking boots for this expedition as it takes approximately 3 hours to complete! This walking route is also dog-friendly, making it the perfect autumnal day out for you and your four-legged companion.

#3 Armstrong Trail at Cragside

Cragside, Northumberland


© National Trust Images / John Millar

Cragside is a place of beautiful scenery just waiting to be discovered! This walking trail takes you through the main features of Cragside, which includes the house and iron bridge. This is another dog-friendly walking route and with a timescale of approximately 1 hour 30 minutes it makes a perfect Sunday morning walk! We would highly recommend investing in a pair of waterproof walking boots for this trip just in case it decided to pour down!

#4 Blickling Estate Walk



The bridge over the River Bure at Blickling Estate, Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

This walking route in Norfolk takes you through the local historical points. Some of which includes Long Plantation, Great Wood, and the Tower. This walking route is suitable for families and is also dog-friendly, however, as it falls under the ‘moderate’ walking category it’s not ideal for pushchairs if you have

#5 Attingham Park Autumn Light Walk



Regency Mansion at Attingham Park | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Explore the changing, autumnal colours of the deer park walk taking in views over the open Shropshire landscape. The autumn light of the dimming sunlight creates rich colours in the park, making for the perfect evening walk. This walking route takes you through the river and if you’re lucky you may spot some fallow deer on your walk too!
Don’t forget to pack your best and most comfortable walking boots if you’re heading on one of these walking trails or a hike any time soon! Don’t forget that Grisport, offer some of the best quality walking boots for men, women, and children.

#6 Buttermere Lake, The Lake District

The Lake District


View from the shores of Buttermere on a crisp winter’s evening | © National Trust Images / James Dobson

The Lake District National Park is one of the most beautiful locations for dramatic Autumn scenes, with glowing Autumn colours reflecting off the many lakes, against the backdrop of huge mountains and hills.

The Buttermere Lake itself is easily walked around within a few hours, and is a circular low level walk that is easy, and ideal for families as well as dog walkers. You’ll experience a variety of terrains under foot including woodland, a small cave, wetter areas near the waterfalls, and gravel beaches.

#7 High Force Waterfall, Durham Dales

County Durham

high force waterfall

© Jake Cook, Flickr CC

Found at the Forest-in-Teesdale, in the heart of the Durham Dales, the River Tees plunges into the gorge 21 metres below. High Force Waterfall is quite literally a force to behold, and to get to it, enjoy just a relatively short woodland walk from the nearby High Force Hotel. Although the trail itself is short, it sits in a much wider area of natural countryside, woodland, and open moors that you can enjoy.

There is a small fee for the upkeep of the trail to the waterfall, and you can find full details here.

#8 Bibury Village & Country Walk, Cotswolds

Bibury, Gloucestershire



The quaint old English village of Bibury in the heart of the Cotswolds is a beautiful spot to enjoy the Autumn colours. Park in the centre of the village and spot the wildlife and trout swimming in the River Coln, walk along the river to Arlington Row, the Grade I listed row of old cottages, and if you choose to you can extend your walk further into the countryside. Return to Bibury after your walk for a well earned pint in the dog friendly pub.

#9 St James Park, London



© Dante Candal

It isn’t just the countryside that offers autumn walking opportunities, with many urban parks and city centre green spaces turning all shades of red and orange in the Autumn months. Walk around the lake along the waterside footpaths, spot the squirrels – they’re very tame so you won’t be looking for long, and you might even come across a pelican!

#10 Tarn Hows & Coniston

Coniston, Cumbria


Visitors exploring the circular walk at Tarn Hows | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Tarn Hows is an elevated walk in the Lake District that offers stunning views, however the walk itself is fairly flat around the water, and therefore a good one for all abilities. During Autumn the views are even more special, with the colours out in abundance. There are a number of additional walks that you can do in this area if you want to extend beyond the short Tarn Hows walk, including Tom Gill waterfall walk.

Don’t forget to pack your best and most comfortable walking boots if you’re heading on one of these walking trails or a hike any time soon! Grisport offers some of the best quality walking boots for men, women, and children, and here’s our top three picks for Autumn walking boots to keep your feet comfortable and dry:

Quatro Brown Hiking Boot

Quatro Brown Hiking Boot

A Grisport best seller, the Quatro boots are an ideal hiking boot for all weathers and eventualities. They’re waterproof but breathable, which is ideal for the Autumn weather conditions, and have additional features such as a padded toe joint for flexibility and additional comfort. 

Saracen Hiking Boot

Saracen Hiking Boot

The Saracen boots by Grisport are also known for their high comfort levels, as well as a range of features that mean you can pull them on straight from the box and head out on your Autumn walk with no breaking in required. The Vibram sole has additional durability which is ideal for all terrains in the Autumn months, especially if the ground is wet underfoot. Shock proof and breathable, the Saracen hiking boots are the epitome of Italian walking boots. 

Fuse Lowland Trekking Boot

Fuse Lowland Trekking Boot

The Fuse boots are lightweight, waterproof and have the benefit of the Vibram sole for support and comfort. A traditional look, these are one of Grisports best sellers, but have all the modern features you’d expect. A great choice for Autumn hiking, as they remain comfort all day and can withstand any conditions.

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