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Stunning autumn walks near you in the Midlands

If you're looking for colourful autumn walks to enjoy near you in the Midlands, look no further! We've summarised the top autumn spots in the Midlands, so you can find your nearest vibrant colours, breathtaking views, and mindful moments of forest tranquillity. 

Sence valley path at sunset

Discover Sence Valley's interesting history

Sence Valley, Leicestershire

Treat your senses with a walk at Sence Valley this autumn. Located between Birmingham, Leicester and Derby, this newer forest park has remarkably transformed the site of an old open cast mine to a woodland idyll in the heart of the National Forest. Recent expansions involved planting 100,000 trees including a cherry tree avenue to celebrate Forestry England’s centenary year. 

Footpaths wind through this unique area, so you can walk through and take in the crisp autumn air.

Whitwell Wood, Nottinghamshire

Find true peace and quiet in this secluded woodland near Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. There’s three walking trails to choose from and the woodland boasts it’s own SSI (site of special scientific interest) at Ginny Spring –  home to 20 types of flora.

While you're crunching through leaves, keep an eye out for some of the features of archaeological interest. There are prehistoric mounds, banks, ditches, as well as ancient and medieval field-systems, trackways and boundaries.

Couple walking in autumn forest

Kick through leaves in an ancient woodland

Lake in autumnal forest

Feast your eyes in North Staffordshire

Dimmingsdale, North Staffordshire

Stroll down magnificent drives built by the Earl of Shrewsbury, where fine carriages once rode. Once an aristocrat's dream, Dimmingsdale is now an autumn delight for everyone.

The rolling countryside provides an abundance of woodland, streams, ponds and lakes.

Take a moment to rest and take in the beautiful views over a spectacular autumnal landscape, before re-fuelling yourself at The Ramblers Retreat. 

Pleasley Park, Mansfield

Just north of Mansfield, you'll find a delightfully picturesque wood. Pleasley Park is a very well kept secret, so you may end up having the woodland to yourself on your visit. What a treat!

As you enjoy your walk through some of the 74 hectares on offer, your senses will have a feast - take in the colours, smells, and sounds of this lovely 'mixed' forest, with both broadleaf and coniferous trees.

Keep exploring and you'll even find that there is a pond to discover too, a perfect place to pause and try some forest bathing.

Autumn Leaves

Escape the hustle and bustle at Pleasley Park

Autumn in the forest

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10 September 2019
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17 August 2020
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 have pulled together a list of the top 7 things you can to do on your autumn walk.
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08 August 2019
Feel good in the forest this season with an autumn colour forest walk. The sights, smells and sounds of autumn flood our forests, providing the best places to see autumn colour near you. Find an autumnal walk near you, whizz through the leaves on your bike, or take time to focus on your wellbeing with your canine companion. 97% of you think that the beautiful autumn colours boost your mood, so plan a visit to help yourself feel good this autumn. 
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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.