Walks to discover this autumn

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As part of the Great British Walk festival we wanted to share some of our favourite walks for you to enjoy this autumn. Whether you fancy a stroll across sand dunes in Dorset or an amble through one of Europe's wetlands in Cambridgeshire, we have a fantastic selection of walks for you to get out and about on.

Purbeck Estate, Dorset
From dinosaur-era Purbeck limestone’s to recent sand dunes of Studland, nowhere else packs such a variety of habitats into such a small area. Purbeck and its surrounding countryside is the richest place for plant life in Britain. With more than 54 miles of paths and bridleways on which to explore these landscapes, there is always somewhere special to go on a fantastic walk.

Corfe Castle, Wareham
Visit Corfe Castle during the Great British Walk festival and discover the little known second castle, built during a siege in the 12th century. Only accessible by foot, the self led walk is a mile long from the Castle View visitor centre and offers unusual views of Corfe Castle.

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
As Britain’s oldest nature reserve and one of Europe’s most important wetlands, Wicken Fen supports some amazing wildlife, including more than 8,500 species of plants, birds and dragonflies. The raised boardwalk and lush grass droves allow easy access for walking within a landscape of flowering meadows and reedbeds.

Wicken Fen, East of England
Take a walk to Verrall’s Fen from the Visitor Centre, an area of Wicken Fen not usually accessible to the public. This area contains one of the wildest, remote and unmanaged areas of the Fen: Compartment One. Known amongst the ranger team as the place never to go in case you don’t come out, the guided walk will take you around the sedge fen and on through Verrall, to learn about the history and to see the Konik Ponies now used to manage the area.

Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wealth of local history and legend. The basalt stone columns were left 60 million years ago after volcanic eruptions. With the development of a new world-class visitor centre and upgraded walking trails, this site offers an innovative and enhanced visitor experience.

Follow a walk to the visitor centre from the car park at Giant’s Causeway, and discover the legends and history surrounding it’s creation. At just over 3 kilometres long, meet the giant’s Finn (disguised as a baby), Benandonner and Oonagh, who legend has it helped in creating Giant’s Causeway, and also see the Giant’s Boot twice.

Peak District, Derbyshire
All of these estates offer wonderful views across the beautiful Peak District from the heather-clad moors of Kinder to the rich daleside grasslands and ash woodlands in Dovedale. Sites of specific interest include Mam Tor, with spectacular views, and Ilam Park with its beautiful location beside the River Manifold.

Join three wonderful walks across the Peak District.

  • Get a glimpse of what’s to come on the 7.5 mile Kinder Moorland Walk at Dark Peak, from the Edale train station, and discover 50 years into the future and find out what’s in store for this landscape with the High Peak Moors Vision and Plan.
     
  • Discover hidden gems scattered across the iconic landscape on an 8 mile walk from Hayfield, finding out about the secrets of Kinder.
     
  • See Dovedale from high up views, on this secret 7 mile walk, and discover what most people miss at White Peak when they are visiting.

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