Rangers' favourite autumn walks in Yorkshire

Working in the outdoors every day, our rangers know the landscape like the back of their hand. Experts in their field, there's no one better to ask about where to go for a great autumn walk, so here are their top suggestions.

Couple watching the deer in Studley Royal deer park
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Follow Paul's deer park walk  

Our deer warden, Paul, has picked this walk as one of his favourites to spot some of the 500 wild deer that live here. Autumn is one of the best times to see, and hear, the annual deer rut. Follow this route and keep to the paths for an incredible wildlife experience.

Nostell mansion with autumn tree
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Obelisk Park walk at Nostell 

Head Gardener at Nostell, Paul Dibb, recommends the Obelisk Park walk at Nostell. He said "Nostell is a magical place in autumn. As you walk up the park towards the Pyramid Lodge, the autumnal sun catches the brickwork perfectly. Once you're at the top, look back where you've just walked, back towards the house and lake, to see the trees slowly turning to russet and their leaves drifting in the breeze as they fall."

Gibson Mill at the heart of Hardcastle Crags in Autumn
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Mill Walk at Hardcastle Crags 

Ranger Natalie Pownall feels that Hardcastle Crags is the best place to explore in autumn: "The Crags is an autumnal paradise. The valleys offer stunning riverside views of the oak and beech trees turning in colour. Follow the mill walk and keep your eyes peeled for a colourful array of fungi. From golden spindles to waxcaps and toadstools, you can spot thousands of different kinds of mushrooms at this time of year. If you're lucky, you might spot a roe deer along the way too."

Couple walking across a field with Beningbrough Hall in the background
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Circular walk from Beningbrough Hall and along the River Ouse 

There's plenty to discover on a walky through the parkland and along the river at Beningbrough Hall, as Head Gardener, Sam Shipman, explains: "It's a great route to follow as it leads you along the river Ouse as it bends through the end of the parkland. This dog-friendly route also takes in woodland glades and historic trees whilst the views back to the hall are the best on offer at this time of year."

The stony summit of Roseberry Topping rises above Newton Wood
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Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk 

Ranger Gareth Wilson recommends a walk up Roseberry Topping "A moderately challenging walk, the ascent of Cleveland's most famous hill rewards you with incredible views and the chance to spot wildlife along the way. The Newton Woods walk promises to challenge your senses - listen out for the call of a tawny owl or a woodpecker and then see if you can spot them in the receding canopy of the trees."