Experience autumn in the Surrey Hills - a season for all the senses
Engage all your senses this autumn to enjoy its full glory. The glorious ambers, reds and golds of trees present a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour. Sniff the air and savour the aroma of wood smoke, damp pasture and the earthy mouldiness of leaf litter.
The season's bounty produces wonderful tangy foods from fruits, nuts and berries. Think apples, hazelnuts and blackberries. Experience the textures of woolly scarves, prickly conker cases and crinkly leaves. Listen to the unique peacefulness of autumn - a quiet tranquillity as nature relaxes after the efforts of summer. An evening sunset, owls calling, the cry of migrating geese.
It's time to get out and drink in the fullness of autumn across the Surrey Hills.
We've highlighted some of our favourite autumnal delights. Many of the them can be found across all of our special places in the Surrey Hills. Wherever you go for a walk, keep your eyes peeled and see what you can find.
Foraging fruits of the forest
The ultimate multi-purpose autumn fruit - crumbles of course, but also pies, cakes, pastries and drinks. The best fruits are in the sunshine, if the birds haven't got there first!
Found in hedgerows and woodland edges, blackthorn berries can be cooked. That autumnal sharp sweetness is perfect for jellies, jam or, most especially, sloe gin.
Sweet Chestnuts are traditionally roasted at Christmas. They have prickly shells containing 3-4 smallish nuts and the trees can be found in woodland.
This fungus appears by paths or on recently disturbed ground. It oozes a sinister black liquid and when it matures, turns black and then dissolves. Fungal magic!
A very hard fungus and historically was used by barbers to sharpen their razors. Found on birch trees it's a bracket fungus and can grow up to a size of 25 cms across. Monster!
Look around in deciduous woodlands and especially under beech trees and you may see these rather gruesome dead man's fingers.
So named due to its resemblance to burnt cakes, this hard, black and lumpy fungus can often found on ash trees. Also called coal fungus.
Experience the magic of walking through a beech wood. The leaf cover creates a rich warm glow of yellow and orange, while the large and smooth trunks are majestic.
The buttery yellow leaves flutter elegantly in the breeze. Woodpeckers, siskins, greenfinches and redpolls visit while many types of fungi grow underneath.
Spot the yellow and red leaves of these hedgerow trees. The bright red berries (haws) offer a feast for autumn migrants such as fieldfare and redwing.
Rowans leaves are slender and elegant turning yellow, red and orange in autumn. The bright red berries are very popular with birds especially thrushes and waxwings.