5 Forest Visits to Make This Season
Autumn is one of the best times of year to enjoy outdoor activities. Amongst the beautiful array of red and burnt orange Autumn leaves, now is the time for spending crisp afternoons making the most of the fresh air and autumnal colours. What better way to see the best of nature this time of year than among the changing leaves?
So it’s time to don your outdoor clothing, lace up your outdoor footwear and pack up your best outdoor accessories, because we’ve made a list of the five most beautiful forest visits across England to give you inspiration for you next outdoor adventure! Whether you’re a keen walker, cyclist or want an outdoor day for the whole family, our suggestions are filled with mountains, forests and more stunning scenery to help you make the most of the golden season.
Cardinham Woods – Cornwall
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Whichever outdoor activities you’ve got planned this season, there’s lots for everyone at the Cardinham Woods in Cornwall. Discover beautiful forest scenery and stunning viewpoints on four waymarked walking trails, including short, gentle strolls or more strenuous valley hikes. There’s also three cycling and mountain biking trails with bike hire available, for those of you who prefer wheels to walking boots. It’s an ideal day out for the whole family, with a BBQ and picnic area, play area and award-winning cafe to relax in after a long day on the trails!
Grizedale Forest – Lake District
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With the stunning scenery of the Lake District, beautiful forestry and even art sculptures to view on your way round, discover Grizedale Forest this season. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, Grizedale Forest offers woodland scenery, mountain views and a whole host of outdoor activities to enjoy. Remember to pack sturdy outdoor footwear, because there’s ten walking trails to explore as well as nine cycling tails with bike hire available. With fun for all the family, there’s also a picnic and BBQ area, children’s play area and a Go Ape! alongside a cafe to sit back and take in the seasonal views.
New Forest – Hampshire
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With beautiful ancient woodland, heathland and pretty scenery to explore, the New Forest has much to offer as a backdrop to your outdoor activities. With over 140 miles of footpaths and tracks to trek, there’s a mix of short walks or long-distance trails for everyone to enjoy, as well as miles of car-free cycle trails with bike hire available. Pack plenty of outdoor accessories because you can even venture out into the water for a variety of watersports or enjoy the scenery on horseback. There’s something for all nature lovers across its vast expanse, and with camping sites dotted around the New Forest, you can extend your stay in the great outdoors. Just don’t forget your camping hydration equipment to keep you going after a long day out in the elements.
Dalby Forest – North Yorkshire
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Situated in the southern area of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest offers 8,000 acres of woodland to explore on bike or foot. With 55 miles of cycle trails and 13 waymarked trails throughout the forest to enjoy on foot, there’s a range of trek and trail options for all abilities. For those looking for a family day out, Dalby Forest also offers a children’s play area, a zip-wire and Go Ape! in the trees, plus multiple picnic sites to spend the whole day soaking up nature.
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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This award-winning forest destination has something for all nature lovers. With a world-leading collection of conifers, The National Pinetum is a stunning setting for taking in the changing Autumn colours on a long walk or from the viewpoint of the café. Discover three walking and cycling trails to explore for all different abilities, with bike hire also available if it takes your fancy. There’s fun for all the family with an adventure play trail and a Go Ape! too. Whichever outdoor activities you’ve got planned, there’s a whole range of options to explore amongst the trees.
Catering for a huge range of fun outdoor activities, visit one of England’s forests this season to soak up nature and all its changing colours. Whether you’re peddling the miles, trekking the trails or enjoying a range of fun outdoor activities with the whole family, discover stunning seasonal views to take in on your way.
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