Autumn walks on the Isle of Wight

Autumn is a magical season to go walking in. Changing colours, migrating wildlife, and atmospheric landscapes filled with mists, mean that there is always something to see. In the woods the leaves turn to red and gold, whilst the downs are covered in a carpet of purple heather. Across the countryside, bracken turns from the vivid green of summer to the russet of autumn, and wood smoke fills the air. If you come along to one of our walks, we'll help you discover many of these seasonal changes. And every transformation you spot helps support the return of new life in the spring.

Flowering heather against sky

I spy heather on Ventnor Downs

By late summer, the first signs of autumnal colour change start to appear on Ventnor Downs, and a carpet of purple covers the slopes as the heather begins to bloom. On Sun 3 Sep at 2pm, you can join our two and a half hour gentle guided walk around the downs to discover these colourful plants. We’ll also explain how our work here ensures that wildlife can thrive now and in the future.

Early morning light over Newtown creek

Looking after Newtown

Newtown is unique - the only National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight. Our work here ensures that the delicate habitats and wildlife that you’ll find in the woods, creeks and meadows are looked after now and in the future. This autumn we’re running guided, two-hour, gentle walks on 6 September and 18 October (2pm) to show you just what we do and why your help is so important.

Three barn swallows in a row on a barbed wire line.

Autumn bird migration walk

As the last of the summer migrant birds leave and the first winter visitors make an appearance, join our Ranger on Friday 22 September at 10.30 for a gentle two hour guided walk around the Needles Headland. Discover the autumn wildlife of the area and then warm up with soup and a roll at the Needles Battery (£5).

Bird watcher with binoculars

Birdwatching walks at Newtown

As autumn makes way for winter, so to do the last of the summer birds for winter migrants at Newtown. The skies above and creeks below fill with birds as the last autumn leaves fall in the woods. We’re running a series of easy guided walks throughout the season so that you can spot, month after month, the changing birdlife at Newtown (8 October, 25 November and 9 December, 10am). Each walk is expected to last around two and a half hours and is perfect for anyone new to birdwatching.

Early morning light over Newtown creek

Autumn walking

If you can’t make it to one of our events, or would like to explore further, there are plenty of other places to walk. Discover more of the Island this autumn with our walking trails to download and print.