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 there are lots of woodland walks to enjoy as autumn colour starts to emerge.

Find a sense of calm among the trees as you explore a wooded path. We’ve pulled together some woodland walks for you to stroll solo or with friends. You can also learn more about how you can help woodlands and discover the history of trees.

Woodland walks near you
Old Copse on the Ashridge Estate Herts
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Ashridge Estate's Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk 

This gentle woodland walk on the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, takes you through areas of wildlife-rich woodlands. Find your inner peace on this woodland walk and take in the colourful views.

Daffodils line the pathways at Blickling Estate
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Blickling Estate walk, Norfolk 

Stroll beneath the autumn leaves at Blickling Estate on this woodland walk. You'll visit points of historical interest along the way, such as Long Plantation, Great Wood, the Tower, Brickyard and Mausoleum. This walk is ideal for adventurers.

 Visitors walking their dogs at Arnside and Silverdale, 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.

Visitors walking among the trees in Clumber park
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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 their autumn colours 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.

 St Mary's Vale, Monmouthshire
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Clytha short circular walk, Sugar Loaf, Monmouthshire 

On the slopes of Sugar Loaf, the southernmost peak of the Black Mountains, a semi-ancient oak woodland can be found. Try out this short circular walk for peaceful views and paths that wind between the trees. This trail takes you through Castle Woods – head out and get your daily dose of nature.

An ancient oak tree in the grounds of Dunham Massey
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Dunham Massey ancient trees walk 

Explore ancient woodland near you at Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester. On this walk, you can spot some autumn wildlife – including fallow deer – and see lots of different types of ancient trees, such as gnarled oaks that have been growing here for hundreds of years.

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 Amnper. 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.

Danes Wood, Killerton
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Danes Wood walk, Killerton, Devon 

Have an enchanting walk through Danes Wood, Killerton, which is a haven for wildlife including insects, small mammals and birds. See what you can spot in the parkland and stretch your legs in this historic woodland, which is named after a band of Viking raiders who once camped here.

Fungi growing under the Holm Oak at Kingston Lacy
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The Woodland Trail, Kingston Lacy 

Explore old carriage drives through beautiful woodland on this trail at Kingston Lacy. It's perfect for walks with your loved ones and four-legged friends as you explore the great outdoors 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.

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.

View from the top of the gazebo viewing tower
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Sheringham woodland and coastal walk, Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Taking in the woods and parkland of Sheringham Park to the cliff tops of the Norfolk coastal path. You'll want to give yourself plenty of time to explore this wonderfully varied walk as you absorb the history and rich variety of trees, bird and animal life on this circular walk.

Visitors enjoying an autumnal walk by the river at Wallington, Northumberland
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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.

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.

How you can help woodlands

We're planting 20 million new trees on land we care for in the next 10 years. Woodlands will be grown in urban areas such as towns and cities, which will achieve our aim of creating green spaces that are accessible for everyone. The trees we plant create new habitats for wildlife to thrive in, such as red squirrels, bugs and birds.

Crickley Hill ancient woodland

Plant a tree 

Plant a tree today and you'll be helping to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030. You can plant a tree from just £5 and you'll get a certificate to commemorate your gift too. Together we can tackle climate change, make homes for wildlife and ensure future generations enjoy more green spaces.

Discover historical trees
Woman and dog walking through a tree avenue at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Learn about the history of trees 

For centuries, avenues have gone in and out of fashion depending on the artistic influences of the time. 17th- and early 18th-century ideas of formal order over nature gave way to more naturalistic gardens. Different landscape styles often become overlaid on top of each other, as seen in the various phases of tree-planting at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire: informality in the pleasure grounds contrasting with formal avenues elsewhere.

You can read more about avenues and the trees we care for in the new book, 50 Great Trees of the National Trust.