Autumn walks with cosy cafés

Whether you’re looking for fuel to kick-start an autumn ramble or are returning from a gentle stroll through one of our beautiful gardens, you’ll find our cafés and tea-rooms are great places to warm up at and enjoy a treat or two. What's more, every visit you make and piece of cake you buy helps us carry on looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

Stourhead, Wiltshire
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Tea room, Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Famous for its spectacular autumn colours, Stourhead is home to Britain’s largest collection of Japanese Maples. This autumn, walkers can enjoy a pit-stop at the visitor cafe which serves fresh, home-cooked food and has been awarded a silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association. The autumn menu will feature seasonal dishes such as vegetable crumble and there will also be gluten-free options available.

Family visitors in the garden at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
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Park Café, Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

Lanhydrock reaches its best in the autumn, with scarlet acers and yellow tulip trees lighting up the estate. There are all sorts of trails through the 900 acres of woodland running down to the river Fowey and you’ll find the new Park Café conveniently located for a pre- or post-walk bite of homemade food made from ingredients sourced locally.

Dunwich scones
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Tea room, Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

During early autumn, the whole of Dunwich Heath is alive with the colours of gorse and heather. This walk takes you around the perimeter of the heath, with plenty of wildlife to spot and beautiful views out to sea. Afterwards you can visit the tea room in Coastguard Cottages for a warming drink or a bite to eat from the seasonal menu. Dunwich is also famous for its amazing range of scones, so don’t forget to pick up a ‘scone club’ card to collect points and earn your free scone.

Visitors enjoying a cup of tea in the riverside tea-room at a National Trust site
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Tea-room, Flatford, Suffolk 

Flatford lies in Constable country in the heart of the Dedham Vale in Suffolk. Right next door to the beautiful 16th-century thatched Bridge Cottage is the riverside tea-room, with views along the River Stour. The scones have a very loyal following - this autumn look out for sweet blackberry and apple scones and pumpkin pie savoury scones.

A frosty woodland path
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Tea room, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

Take a walk through the historic Hinton Ampner estate and enjoy the spectacular autumn colour. There’s also an abundance of wildlife from roe deer to rare Barbastelle bats, not to mention sweeping views over the South Downs. Afterwards you can cosy up in the Old Social Club tea-room and try freshly-cooked food, from hearty one-pot stews made with ingredients from the walled garden, to delicious sweet and savoury scones.

Visitors enjoying the autumn sunshine at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills, Shropshire.
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Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire 

There are over 2,000 hectares of heather-covered hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys to explore at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills. Get some energy for an autumn walk at the Chalet Pavilion tea-room where highlights include Dudmaston apple cake made from apples grown on the Dudmaston Estate.

Family eating their lunch outside Longshaw tea-room, with trees in the background.
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Tea room, Longshaw, Peak District 

Discover the diverse wildlife and red deer as you explore Eastern Edges on Big Moor, one of the most southern parts of the Peak District National Park. Then warm up with a nice cuppa and some homemade cake at the visitor centre tea-room.

A homemade scone with clotted cream and jam
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Tea room, Wordsworth House, Cumbria 

Take a scenic walk through the quiet countryside of the North Lakes, and discover the fells, hamlets and towns that William Wordsworth knew as a child. Afterwards you can head to the café for some warming soup or a delicious slice of apple pie, made with our own heritage apple varieties.

Visitors at the Victorian tea-room beside the lake at Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
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Abbey Tearoom, Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Fountains Abbey is one of the most atmospheric and romantic places in the Yorkshire Dales. There's a deer park, a lake, canals and acres of space to wander in and enjoy the autumn colour. For tasty homemade cakes, warming brews and hearty soups, stop off at the Abbey Tearoom on your travels around this special site.

Visitors in the garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool
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Home Farm Restaurant, Speke Hall, Liverpool 

You can stroll through vibrant autumn colour in the ancient woodlands around Speke Hall, or take a stroll along the new coastal walk with views across the Mersey. Home Farm Restaurant offers a delicious selection of homemade soups and hearty mains to help you refuel – look out for ‘Wet Nelly’, a Liverpool speciality akin to bread and butter pudding.

Visitors enjoying lunch at Cragside, Northumberland
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Tea-rooms, Cragside, Northumberland 

Built on a rocky crag high above the Debdon Burn, Cragside boasts vast grounds. It features possibly the largest rock garden in Europe which is ablaze with colour in autumn. No visit to Cragside would be complete without a visit to the tea-rooms. Enjoy comfort food at its best with a heart-warming one-pot dish or try a steaming bowl of homemade soup.

Spring sunlight streaming through trees at Bodnant Garden casting strong shadows on grass below

The Dell kiosk, Bodnant Garden, Conwy

On the River Conwy with views across to Snowdonia, the 80-acre Bodnant Garden lights up in autumn with red and gold tree foliage. Revive yourself after a day exploring at one of the two tea-rooms, or stop for a bite to eat and a moment by the toasty fire at the kiosk in the Dell.

The lake in autumn with Tir nan Og glimpsed amongst the trees at Mount Stewart House and Garden, County Down
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Team room, Mount Stewart, County Down 

There's a surprise around every corner at the newly restored Mount Stewart, which is home to plants from all corners of the world. Follow the lake walk to discover the ornamental trees and shrubs in their autumn coats of red and gold, reflected in the still water of the lake. The tea room on the shores of Strangford Lough offers award-winning food and drink, including home-made stews to reward you after an autumn walk.