Wildlife walks in the Midlands

With its ancient woodland, sweeping parkland and dramatic moorland, together with some fascinating birds, deer and many other creatures, we've picked out some of our favourite walks to take in some spectacular autumn wildlife.

    Brockhampton Estate wildlife walk (Herefordshire)

    The gatehouse and Lower Brockhampton, a medieval manor house seen across the moat on the Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire.

    Brockhampton is a special place to visit throughout the year with its orchards, meadows and woods that change with the seasons and attract lots of different wildlife.

    1.5 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Canons Ashby: 1,000 years of history and wildlife walk (Northamptonshire)

    Green woodpecker on a tree.

    Most people come to the Elizabethan Manor house at Canons Ashby and overlook the parkland right on its doorstep, so why not explore a little further when you visit and find out more about the estate's wildlife and archaeology? 

    0.6 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Calke Park ancient trees walk (Derbyshire)

    Old oak trees in Calke Park

    Discover some of the oldest trees in Europe as these ancient inhabitants of Calke Abbey's parkland unfold to tell their stories.

    On this walk, you'll learn about the trees' place within the park and the creatures that live alongside them.

    1 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Calke Park wildlife walk (Derbyshire)

    Red deer, pictured on the Calke Estate

    As well as a grand Baroque mansion with a large natural history collection, Calke Abbey has secret walled gardens and a parkland, much of which is a National Nature Reserve.

    The park is a rich and varied landscape of grassland, ponds and wood pasture - one of the rarest habitats in Europe. You'll also find majestic veteran trees and some great bug-watching sites.

    1.5 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Clent Hills nature's harvest walk (Worcestershire)

    A view through the trees of the surrounding landscape at Clent Hills

    Join the many day trippers who have travelled to the Clent Hills from nearby towns and cities for over 200 years.

    Sitting only 8 miles (12.8km) outside Birmingham, the hills offer a haven of peace and tranquillity, with beautiful woodland and plenty of wildlife, perfect to blow away the cobwebs with an autumn ramble.

    2 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Croft Castle ancient trees walk (Herefordshire)

    The sweet chestnut avenue at Croft Castle, Hereforshire

    Explore the ancient parkland of Croft Castle - a place of history, tranquillity, sweeping views and veteran trees.

    3.5 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Dudmaston Hall and Dingle walk (Shropshire)

    The west front of Dudmaston in Shropshire from across the Big Pool at sunset. The 8-acre garden is sloping to the lake from the red brick houses including the main block, domestic range and Brew House.

    Surrounded by traditional woodland and a lakeside garden, Dudmaston Hall has been a family home since the 17th century and offers lovely walks teeming with history and wildlife. 

    0.75 mile walk over easy terrain.

    Eastern Moors Red Deer and Edges Walk (Derbyshire)

    Red deer stag

    The Eastern Edges on Big Moor are the southern part of the Peak District National Park's iconic dark peak landscape.

    Jointly managed by the National Trust and RSPB as the Eastern Moors Partnership, this landscape is special for the diverse wildlife. 

    6 mile walk over moderate terrain.

    Longshaw Estate Burbage Brook walk (Derbyshire)

    Burbage Brook running through the ancient Padley Woods

    Hidden history and wildlife are waiting to be discovered on this gentle walk alongside a tumbling stream and through wildlife-rich meadows and ancient woodland. 

    2.25 mile walk over easy terrain.