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 Obelisk 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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Beningbrough River Walk 

There's plenty to discover on a walk 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."

Fields and Fell Beck Walk from Brimham Rocks
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Follow the fields and Fell Beck route at Brimham Rocks 

Being a ranger at Brimham Rocks, Cath is naturally fond of the outdoors. On the rare occasions she gets to enjoy a walkabout she prefers a trek through the trees in the autumn as the changing of the seasons is so evident. Plus she really enjoys kicking the leaves around. But hey, who doesn’t? Follow this walk to really take in the sights and sounds of Brimham in all its autumn glory.

Visitors explore the Rotunda at Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire
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Parkland walk at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Gardens and Outdoor Manager, Abi, recommends a walk in the parkland to see autumn overtaking summer. "The gardens have been in focus over summer since we reopened, but in autumn, the parkland will really come into its own. As the colours change on the trees, the historic monuments, including the rotunda, will look really striking with the low sun bringing them to life. There's also a herd of deer to spot in Stainborough park too."