Family on walk through autumn woods
Paul Box

Autumn in the forest

Enjoy autumn colour in your local forest

Feel good in the forest this season with a visit to one of our forests. The sights, smells and sounds of autumn flood our forests, providing the best places to see autumn colour near you. Find an autumn colour walk near you, whizz through the leaves on your bike, or take time to focus on your wellbeing with your canine companion.

When we last asked, a whopping 97% of you said that the beautiful autumn colours boost your mood, so plan a visit to help yourself feel good this autumn. 

Couple walking in autumn
Paul Groom

Find a nearby autumn walk with our ultimate guide

Experience a jaw-dropping palette of autumn colour in our forests. Discover woodlands packed with golds, reds, and orange, as you collect fallen conkers, jump in leaf-piles and get the perfect photo.

Whether you want a gentle stroll or an autumn adventure, discover your nearest autumn woodland with our ultimate guide.

How does autumn make you feel?

Are you drawn to the fresh autumnal smells? Do you feel calm surrounded by the changing reds, oranges and yellows? 

Focussing on being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way. Evidence suggests that exposure to forests has a positive effect on physical health, mental wellbeing and life satisfaction. 

We've put together a handy guide to forest bathing to help you relax and be mindful this autumn.

Women in pink coat walking through spring woodland
Autumn Westonbirt

8 things to do with the family this autumn

With our forests displaying a breath-taking array of colours, autumn is a beautiful season to visit the forest with your family.

Hoping for some autumnal activities to do when you get here? Look no further, we've pulled together a list of the top 8 things you can to do with the kids on your autumn walk.


Share your autumn photos with #AutumnLeafWatch for a chance to win an annual Membership and £200 to spend on new photography kit!

Learn about autumn

Autumn Maple Leaves
Discover how and why leaves change colour during autumn, and what science is taking place during the changing season. Learn about chlorophyll, anthocyanins, carotenes and xanthophylls!
foxgloves in the sunshine, in mixed forest
06 November 2020
During this uncertain time Forestry England is bringing you our virtual gallery of calming forest photos to escape, relax and unwind and perhaps try some Forest Bathing. 
Young girl playing with a bucket of autumn leaves
Family activity
29 October 2020
Download the autumn activity pack for a wonderfully colourful day out with the kids. Sign up to bring forest learning to life with our free downloadable activities! Full of seasonal things to engage your senses, you'll have hours of forest fun.
Woman walking through the forest towards sunbeams
23 April 2021
If we don’t yet have a forest for wellbeing trail at your local forest fear not, we’ve still got some simple ways to help you tune into nature wherever you are.