Autumn colour walks in the South East

Every season heralds change in the natural world – with autumn, it casts new light on familiar landscapes across London and the South East, showcasing some of the finest places to see the golden glow of autumn unfold in all its glory. Hues of red, gold and bronze blanket woodlands, fields and forests across the region from mid-October. From the radiant reds and breath-taking bronzes of Scotney Castle and Sissinghurst in Kent to the wilderness of the New Forest commons turning into fields of gold. We are open to all, whether you love walking in the outdoors or simply want to spend time in a beautiful place with family and friends

Japanese maple in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Kent

Now is a great time to get out and about into the fresh autumn air in Kent.The bright red of the Winged Spindle and golden leaves on the Japanese maple are a wonder to see at Emmetts Garden. Nearby Sissinghurst embraces autumn hues across the gardens and wider estate.

Scotney Old Castle amongst the autumn colour in the garden

In and around East Sussex

Don’t miss the chance to walk amongst radiant reds and breath-taking bronzes in glowing autumn gardens near you. From the beech avenue at Kilndown near Scotney Castle to the azaleas at Bateman's, there is something truly special in store.

Path running through towering beech trees with yellow autumn foliage

Autumn colour walks in Hampshire

In Hampshire, there are many places where you can experience the soft beauty of the autumn landscape. We look after acres of ancient woodland at The Vyne, Mottisfont and Hinton Ampner. Follow one of our downloadable trails through these natural ‘cathedrals’, under rich gold and russet canopies.

Autumn colours at Bradenham

In and around Buckinghamshire

Trees blazing with orange, red and gold, dappled golden paths, fluttering with falling leaves. It’s nature’s last hurrah before the long sleep of winter. Why not go out and enjoy the show in the Chilterns Countryside, Hughenden, Cliveden and Stowe.

An early morning autumn view from Chillerton Down looking to Whitecroft

Isle of Wight 

From purple heather clad downland to golden leafed woods, a walk is the perfect way to discover the changing landscape this autumn. So, why not put on your hiking boots and come along to one of our organised events, or try one of our downloadable walks and explore our places even further?

Playing with leaves in the autumn at Morden Hall Park, London.

London

Find your favourite shade of autumn colour at our spaces and places in London. From burnished browns and glistening golds at Osterley Park and House, to fiery reds and oranges at Morden Hall Park.

Autumn colours in the sunshine at Sheffield Park, Sussex

In and around West Sussex

Discover the very best of West Sussex's seasonal colour with our easy-to-follow downloadable walks. See ancient trees in the mist at Petworth Park. Watch autumn trees reflected in the lake a Sheffield Park and Garden. Or wander through golden woodlands at Nymans, the South Downs and Standen.

People enjoying the autumn colours along the Long Walk at Polesden Lacey

Surrey

See Surrey in a new light and make the most of the autumn colour. Our downloadable walks are easy to follow with step-by-step directions starting from Polesden Lacey, Hindhead Commons and Winkworth Arboretum. Every step you take helps us care for these special places for years to come.

A couple enjoying the autumn colour as they walk through the grounds of Basildon Park

In and around Berkshire 

Berkshire's autumn colours develop from September through to November; making it worth several visits to appreciate how the dramatic landscape scenery transforms over the season at places like Cliveden.

People walking through the Pheasant Park at Basildon Park with the trees showing autumn colour

In and around Oxfordshire  

When autumn arrives at places like Greys Court hues of reds, oranges and yellows can be seen throughout the gardens and the estate, creating a wonderful display of colour for your autumn walk.

Beautiful, natural and historic places matter for our sprit, our wellbeing and our relationships and visiting a woodland is great for both body and soul. An autumn woodland glowing with colour and rich with the smell of damp earth is a wonderful, uplifting place to be and we can all play our part in ensuring they continue to thrive.

" A woodland may be ancient, but it never stands still – it is teeming with life at all times of year, not just above ground, but beneath our feet. The falling leaves nourish the soil and produce a habitat all of their own, supporting billions of microscopic organisms that provide the building blocks for all life in the forest. It’s also a special time of year to appreciate the amazing natural architecture of our trees as their branches are revealed for the first time in months and we are reminded of how every single tree is unique, shaped by the elements over its lifetime."
- Tom Hill, London and South East Trees and Woodlands Advisor