Autumn walks in Hampshire

A walk through towering beech and oak woodlands in autumn can be a wonderfully uplifting experience. Low sunlight filters through a myriad yellow, bronze and orange leaf colours at The Vyne. As autumn progresses, fallen leaves create a multi-coloured carpet to wade through in Hinton Ampner’s woods, releasing the wood’s cool earthy scents. There are conkers and chestnuts to hunt for at Mottisfont. You might spot deer, foxes and other wildlife too, which become more active as winter approaches.

Every walk you enjoy this autumn will help us continue caring for these woods and their wildlife, for years to come.

Path running through towering beech trees with yellow autumn foliage

Hinton Ampner 

There are lots of options for picturesque autumn walks, setting out from Hinton Ampner. The shortest takes you through ancient parkland, littered with beautiful veteran trees. A longer estate trail weaves through glorious beech woodland, whilst another wanders down country lanes past fields and hedgerows full of autumn fruits.

Great copse in autumn at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont 

Mottisfont’s six mile estate walk really comes into its own in autumn. Discover ancient oak woodland where you might spot late flittering butterflies like white admirals. We actively manage hazel and chestnut coppices, to create habitats for animals including dormice. The trail crosses historic farmland where hedges have been replanted for wildlife, and wetland meadows, where we’ve restored river banks for water voles.

Red and orange autumn foliage on show from trees around The Vyne's large lake
Walking trail

The Vyne 

If you fancy a gentle stroll through pretty autumn woodland, The Vyne’s 1.3 mile trail ticks the box. Beeches, oaks and sweet horse chestnut trees create a buttery-coloured canopy. As it gets colder, the yellow and strawberry-red leaves of native cherry and whitebeam produce a multi-coloured carpet, and nearby, the lake’s liquidamber and swamp cypress trees turn incredible shades of orange and crimson.

Chalky path through open heathland in the New Forest

New Forest 

Our New Forest commons are beautiful areas of wilderness and woodland to explore on a crisp autumn morning. Look out for incredible shapes and colours from the myriad of fungi, from ruby-red fly agaric, to honey-coloured bracket fungus. There are wild heaths and mires with far-reaching views, and our Rockford and Ibsley walk is full of wartime stories. This is just one of three beautiful downloadable walks you can enjoy this autumn. Discover them all here.

Stunning views from Stockbridge Down

Stockbridge Down 

Follow the old network of paths to the top of Stockbridge Down, for incredible views over an autumnal patchwork of fields. In September you may well spot late summer brimstone, red admiral and peacock butterflies. As autumn progresses, sloes are ready to be harvested from scrubby blackthorn, and flocks of migrant birds like field fares feed on hawthorn and buckthorn.