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7 autumn walks in the UK you have to try this season

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather staff writer

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As the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, it's no surprise that hordes of people head outdoors to discover the United Kingdom's diverse landscape.

From woodlands and moorlands to winding coastal trails, the U.K. has walks to suit all ages and experience levels.

With recommendations from the National Trust, here are our top picks for the best autumn walks:

1. Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire (Photo/James Rintamaki)


The Fountains Abbey estate was founded in North Yorkshire in 1132. Now, it's one of the best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England.

A World Heritage Site owned by the National Trust, the grounds are well maintained and stunningly beautiful in the autumn.

While the walks are on the easier side, there's significant ground to cover; the ruins sit on over 600 acres of land.

2. Kingston Lacy, Dorset

The Kingston Lacy estate has a phenomenal 8,500 acres of countryside.

You won't want to miss the historic tree canopy along Beech Avenue, which forms a tunnel of colour between September and November.

The National Trust is working to conserve the landmark by replacing diseased beech trees with hornbeam trees, which are equally as colourful, but better suited to the British climate.

3. Longshaw, Derbyshire

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Longshaw Estate in Sheffield (Photo/Mole Volio)


Situated in the beautiful Peak District, the Longshaw estate boasts some of the best walking trails in the country.

The diverse landscape features ancient woods, streams and old holloways.

For those looking for an adventure, as well as some leaf-peeping, the National Trust recommends wandering across the high heather moors and heading down toward Padley Gorge, where the trees turn spectacular colours during the autumn season.

4. Minnowburn, County Down

The Minnowburn estate in Northern Ireland boasts a vast woodland located just outside of Belfast.

An easy walk through the grounds reveals beech, ash, oak and hazel trees, which are known for their impressive colors during the autumn months.

The National Trust recommends a relaxing walk from the river, rising through woodland, farmland and garden to reach the ancient earth henge of the Giant's Ring.

5. Petworth, West Sussex

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Petworth in West Sussex (Photo/Jon Ashe)


Petworth in West Sussex contains some the U.K.’s oldest and largest trees across 700 acres.

Scattered throughout the park, their leaves put on a fantastic autumn display. There’s even one oak which has survived since the 12th century.

Follow the Ancient Tree Walks trail to see some of the most impressive ones in the bunch.

6. Rhaeadr Ddu, Gwynedd

This popular Wales walk follows the River Gamlan and passes by the Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls.

The waterside walk leads you beneath massive oak trees that promise the sound of leaves crunching under your feet.

According to the National Trust, rainfall, weather and light makes the waterfall look different on every visit.

7. Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park in Norfolk (Photo/Esther Westerveld)


Miles of woodlands, fields and seaside cliffs make up this walk through Sheringham Park in Norfolk.

Golden Larch and Japanese maple trees dot the trail, which is frequented by wildlife.

Some trails through the park can stretch for over 7 miles, so be sure to pack your walking shoes.

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