Get outdoors this autumn and visit our top locations to take in spectacular autumn colour. The Trust owns over 1,000 woods across the UK and all are free to visit. They are great places for a day out with the children, to watch nature up close or get fit and healthy.
We’ve picked out a few of the best woods across the country for an autumn adventure, but there’s so many more to explore.
Blackbush & Twenty Acre Shaw: Cudham, Greater London
Blackbush Shaw has a mixture of ancient woodland, old coppiced trees, younger trees and grassland while Twenty Acre Shaw is mainly ancient woodland with notable old pollarded trees on the boundary.
These woods are close to Downe House, home to Charlies Darwin. Many of the plant and animal species found in the woods were studied by Darwin as he explored his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Brede High Woods: Cripps Corner, East Sussex
At 648 acres Brede High Woods is one the biggest Woodland Trust sites in England and lies within the High Weald AONB in East Sussex, approximately six miles north of Hastings.
Varied colour and the chance to see some of the country’s most important species including great crested newt, brook lamprey, dormouse, badgers and fallow deer, make Brede High a wonderful place to enjoy autumn.
Beacon Hill Wood: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Visitors to Beacon Hill can expect steep climbs and stunning autumn scenery, a very popular place to visit for both locals and tourists. A copse of large old beech trees, visible for miles, form a distinctive crown on its ridge. The wood includes features dating back to Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman periods.
Credenhill Park Wood: Credenhill, Herefordshire
As you walk along the tranquil paths amongst the trees of Credenhill Park Wood, you can glimpse rare small leaved limes and early purple orchids. The Iron Age hill fort that is an integral part of the site is one of the largest hill forts in England and is thought to have been an Iron Age tribal capital.
The walk to the top is well worth it, discovering nature within the woods along the way. At the top you will see views across to Wales. Soak up the autumnal landscape and let your imagination take you back to a time gone by.
Tyrrels Wood: Pulham Market, Norfolk
Quiet and off the beaten track, Tyrrels Wood is a welcome spot for visitors and wildlife alike. Paths wind through dense undergrowth, emerging in open areas that boast big veteran oak trees. A circular route around the site can be enjoyed and is relatively easy to follow to allow you to enjoy the diverse autumnal colours created by native trees such as oak, hazel, ash, field maple birch and rowan.
Hackfall: Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire
Set in a 350ft gorge on the edge of the village of Grewelthorpe. For half a century the site had fallen into decline but since the 1980s, when the Woodland Trust took over, much has been done to restore Hackfall to its glory days. We have restored footpaths and woodland walks, conserving follies, managing the fragile habitats, all giving Hackfall a future.
Lumb Brook Valley: Warrington, Cheshire
You get four woods for the price of one at Lumb Brook Valley as it is in reality a collection of interconnected but distinctive woodland sites. The Fords Rough contains an area of ancient woodland while, in the valley, you will discover a diverse range of shrubs and flowers.
The Dingle is a large wooded valley offering a variety of broadleaves and conifers, with a well used footpath meandering through sparse ground vegetation. By contrast, Long Wood has many maturing oaks with dense layers of rhododendron beneath.
Crinan Wood: Crinan, Argyll and Bute
Crinan Wood rises 100 metres above the picturesque village of the same name. The Crinan Canal borders the site and the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool is a few miles out to sea (if it's really wild you can hear it from the wood). Crinan Wood is an exceptional place; with its moist, warm climate it is often described as a remnant of Scotland’s own rainforest and it is home to a vast variety of ferns and lichens.
Wentwood: Llanfair Discoed, Newport
Wentwood forms part of the largest block of ancient woodland within Wales and is found within an area that has a concentration of ancient woodlands that runs between the rivers Usk and Wye. The recorded history of Wentwood extends back more than 1000 years, once a hunting preserve of Chepstow Castle.
The site is a haven for wildlife. Dormice can be found, together with adders, lizards, deer and many woodland birds including nightjar.
Drumnaph Wood: Marghera, Londonderry
Take time out and discover the beauty of Drumnaph Wood, one of the few remaining ancient woods in Northern Ireland. Just outside Maghera, the wood lies adjacent to the Sperrin Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is, unquestionably, a beauty in its own right. Drumnaph Wood has been traced back as far as 1599 and was once part of the extensive oak forest of Killetra in south-east County Londonderry.