Autumn is in full swing and the woods that were filled with lush green hues in summer are now ablaze with a rich palette of russet reds, bold yellows and dazzling oranges. It’s the ideal time to visit your local woodland and marvel at all this glorious season has to offer.

Head out on an early morning stroll in the autumn sunshine or go for an afternoon wander in the crisp autumn air. No matter what time of day you choose to stop by, we have you covered when it comes to the best woods to visit for autumn colour.

1. Langley Vale, Surrey

Located just south of the village of Langley Vale in Surrey, this wood is a great place to experience in the autumn. Made up of rare ancient woodland, grassland and areas of woodland creation, there’s a variety of habitats to experience. Keep an eye out for some of the many rare bird species that call this woodland their home.

2. Fingle Woods, Devon

While Fingle is a fantastic wood to visit all year round, there’s no denying it truly comes alive during the autumn. This untouched woodland is a wonderful place to experience the rainbow of colours that this season has to offer, with a wealth of trails to follow and a variety of wildlife to spot.

3. Coed y Gopa, Wales

Walk along Coed y Gopa’s waymarked trail and discover the site’s interesting past while enjoying the dappled autumn sunshine as it trickles through the trees. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Coed y Gopa is a must visit for wildlife lovers. Unusual species including lesser horseshoe bats call this wood home, roosting in the old mine workings across the site.

4. Credenhill Park Wood, Herefordshire

Just a few miles north-west of Hereford, Credenhill Park Wood is a Special Wildlife Site which is steeped in history. Take in the views of the Black Mountains and wander through the areas of ancient semi-natural woodland. It’s the perfect time of year to spot unique fungi peeking out of the ground too – scarlet elf cup is known to grow here.

5. Brede High Woods, East Sussex

A woodland renowned for its vast array of diverse wildlife, Brede High Woods is located north of Hastings in East Sussex. During the autumn months weird and wonderful fungi peep out from the ground here and Brede’s vivid autumnal leaves are a delight to behold.

6. Glen Finglas, Scotland

Our largest estate, Glen Finglas is situated in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The autumn colour here is truly breath-taking, and with nine waymarked routes and a wealth of wildlife to discover, it is the perfect place to visit at this time of year. You might be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel scurrying along the forest floor or a golden eagle soaring overhead.

7. Green Castle Woods, Wales 

Green Castle Woods is a few miles from Carmarthen in Wales and it makes a great place to enjoy a walk at this time of year, thanks to its extensive network of paths and rich autumn colour. Walk among the ancient woodland, stop by at the stream and see the waterfall in all its glory. Keep an eye out for interesting fungi and delicious blackberries during the autumn months.

8. Drumnaph Wood, Northern Ireland 

A truly timeless woodland located in County Londonderry, Drumnaph Wood has a mix of habitats and a wealth of wildlife to discover. Take a walk along one of the three waymarked footpaths through the reserve and see if you can spot its historical features, nature sculptures and rich wildlife. Irish hare have been seen along the wood edges and surrounding fields here.

10. Crinan Wood, Scotland

Head to Crinan Wood and experience Scotland’s very own rainforest, with endless ferns, mosses and fungi and trees dripping in lichens and bryophytes. Admire the breath-taking autumnal views across Loch Crinan to Duntrune Castle and keep an eye out for fascinating wildlife, including red squirrels and red deer.

Enjoy woods in autumn