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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. 

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The top 10 best walks to spot autumn colour

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 our top 10 walks to see autumn colour in England.

How does autumn make you feel?

Are you drawn to the fresh autumnal smells? Do you feel cost in the autumnal reds, oranges and yellows? Does gathering blackberries and conkers make you feel nostalgic? 

Evidence suggests that exposure to forests has a positive effect on physical health, mental wellbeing and life satisfaction. 

Couple walking in autumn
Paul Groom


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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!
Women in pink coat walking through spring woodland
15 April 2019
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Young girl playing with a bucket of autumn leaves
29 January 2019
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.
Women with blue backpack walking through spring woodland
06 September 2018
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