Woodland walks

We care for a variety of woodland habitats including ancient and landscaped woodlands and tree-lined avenues. These tranquil spaces are the perfect place to get closer to nature, particularly in autumn when they burst with colour and wildlife, and we have lots of woodland trails you can follow.

Family walking with dogs in Borrowdale, Cumbria
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Borrowdale Borger Dalr geology walk, Cumbria 

Head into Grange Wood, a craggy wooded knoll above the village of Grange in the Borrowdale valley, and discover a landscape which made a lasting impression on fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright. This circular walk will see you emerge from the trees to climb the summit of Castle Crag.

Family walking at Clumber
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A glimpse of southern Clumber, Nottinghamshire 

Discover the habitats of Clumber Park from majestic broadleaved woods with leaves which turn red, orange and brown in autumn to regimented pine woodlands with evergreen foliage. Under the tree canopy the bracken turns from green to golden brown and then to brown as autumn progresses, and look out for fly agaric fungi with its red and white dotted cap. On this circular walk you can also see autumnal reflections in the lake.

Beech avenues at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
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Dutton Estate walk at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

Explore the ancient woodland of the historic Dutton Estate at Hinton Amper. A mixture of conifer and native broad leaf trees, the woodland is home to badgers, roe deer, foxes and rare barbastelle bats. This circular walk will also take you along avenues lined with towering beech trees, which shed their distinctive beechnuts in autumn.

Autumn at Minnowburn bridge, County Down
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Sculpture trail at Minnowburn, County Down 

A tranquil retreat outside Belfast, the Minnowburn Beeches were saved from development in 1952. This circular walk includes views of the beeches and passes through Minnowburn Woods, planted with the involvement of environmentalist Richard St Barbe Baker to provide additional tree cover in the area and continue the character of the original beeches.

The Lime Avenue woodland at Nymans, West Sussex
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A woodland walk at Nymans, West Sussex 

Passing through the pinetum and arboretum at Nymans, this circular walk takes you into the heart of woodland on the wider estate. In autumn the tree canopy is a mosaic of coppers and yellows punctuated by evergreens. Look out for the giant redwood tree, which stands at over 55yd (50m) tall, and fungi of all shapes and sizes.

A tawny owl dozes on a branch in dappled sunlight
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Roseberry Topping woodland wildlife walk, North Yorkshire 

Beneath Roseberry Topping, a distinctive Matterhorn-shaped hill, lie tranquil woods where oak and ash trees several hundred years old tower over the network of paths. Take the circular route through Newton Wood and Cliff Ridge Wood, home to birds such as the green woodpecker as well as woodland flora and fungi.

 St Mary's Vale, Monmouthshire
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Sugar Loaf circuit, Monmouthshire 

On the slopes of Sugar Loaf, the southernmost peak of the Black Mountains, a semi-ancient oak woodland can be found. Known as St Mary’s Vale, the wildlife-rich woodland is also home to beech trees. The Sugar Loaf circuit walk includes a climb to the summit of the mountain where you can admire the woodland from above.

View looking up the trunk of a tree
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River walk at Wallington, Northumberland 

Wander among the trees of the West Wood at Wallington, planted in the 18th century and now home to red squirrels. This circular walk also passes along the tree-lined River Wansbeck, with glimpses of the house along the way, before returning via the stepping stones or Palladian bridge if the river is too high.

Wimpole Hall with Autumn colours on the trees
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Wimpole folly and woodland belt walk, Cambridgeshire 

The woodland belts on the Wimpole Estate were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as a frame for the gardens and are home to an array of wildlife including eight species of woodland bat. Meander beneath the branches on a circular walk of the estate taking in the lakes, Chinese bridge and 18th-century folly.

Woodchester Park boathouse, Gloucestershire
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Woodchester Park boathouse walk, Gloucestershire 

Experience the peace and tranquillity of Woodchester Park, a secluded wooded valley nestled in the Cotswolds, on a walk to the restored boathouse on Middle Pond. Old alder trees fringe the banks of Middle Pond, one of a chain of lakes created in the 18th century. The route also passes Woochester Mansion (not National Trust), an unfinished Victorian Gothic building.