Incredible autumn walks in the South East

Autumn leaves along path

Top spots to experience autumn in the South East

With the highest percentage of woodland cover in the country, the South East puts on an incredible display of autumn colour for senses-awakening walks during autumn with family or friends. 

From stunning open skies in Norfolk to wooded and ancient landscapes of the home counties, grab your drinking flask, wrap up warm, and discover a perfect autumn walk near you. 

Atmospheric misty forest at Wendover Woods

Seasonal views from the Chilterns

Wendover Wood, Buckinghamshire 

Follow the short and sweet Hill Fort trail on woodland paths around the Iron Age Boddington Hillfort. Stop to enjoy the beautiful sights of beech woodland on this easy walking trail, which is relatively level and takes in views over the Vale of Aylesbury and the Chiltern Hills.

Top tip: Time your walk in the morning or evening to catch the long shadows off the Chilterns escarpment. 

Alice Holt, Surrey

Weave through native trees including oak, beech and rowan, as well as mature pine, and explore the forest at your own pace. Alice Holt’s Lodge Pond trail is a scenic route which takes you into the heart of the forest and autumn's magic.

Top tip: Take a slight detour off the path to Glenbervie Meadow and stand at its edge which stretches out in front of you framed by beautiful autumnal trees.

Forest floor with autumn leaves

Breathe in the fragrance of autumn

Bright green grass field in front of dusty orange tree tops

Fiery orange glow in the South Downs

Friston Forest, Sussex

As the largest area of recently established forest in South East England, Friston blends the beauty of South Downs with the peace and tranquility of the season under the forest canopy.

White Horse View trail is a picturesque walk along the forest edge overlooking the view of the white horse carved in the hillside across the downland.

Top tip: Look out for the grazing cattle on the northern side of woods who are there to encourage chalk downland plants. 

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Bolderwood, New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest’s ancient and ornamental woodlands are some of the best places in the country to see autumn, with beech, sweet chestnut and oak often showing truly magical displays. Take a stroll along the meandering Jubilee route which leads you past some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to 1860.

Top tip: Pack a thermos and spend some time at the deer viewing platform where fallow deer can be spotted visiting the overlooked meadow. 

Walking path in autumnal forest

Autumn wonder reaching into the sky

Bedgebury National Pinetum - Marshal's lake autumn colour
Photo credit: David Jenner

A lakeside view and spots to reflect

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

Bedgebury is a stunning place to visit during autumn. The great diversity of tree species creates a kaleidoscope of colour including fiery leaves and brilliant berries. Particularly striking are the golden larch which turn a deep golden colour, the dawn redwood and swamp cypress with shades of red, chestnut, ochre and copper.

Top tip: Turn left after crossing the bridge at Marshall's Lake and hidden away on the left you’ll find a bench. Take a moment to sit and enjoy the stunning views across the lake.

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