Walks at Osterley Park and House

The autumn garden with colours of red and yellow on display in the garden at Osterley Park and House

Follow the Autumn Colour Walk at Osterley across the garden and park. Crisp autumn days are the perfect time to view the beauty of these historic landscapes featuring the bright, buttery leaves of the prehistoric Maidenhair Fern in the garden.

Gardens

Our gardens are open every day from 10am-4pm. All our pathways are open, including the play trail. Picnics are welcome. Bikes, scooters and ball games are not allowed in the gardens, but can be used in the Parkland. Dogs are not allowed into the garden but are permitted throughout the park.

Autumn Colour Walk

One of the best things about autumn is the changing colours of the leaves. It’s hard to predict when it will happen, but that’s all part of the fun. On this map we’ve highlighted locations where splashes of colour will appear as the season changes. Why not take in some of these spots on your regular walk or run and see how they change as the weeks pass? 

 

Use the map below to find the Autumn colour spots around the property. We’ve put some trees below for you to look out for as you explore.

Osterley Autumn Colour Walk Map 2021 (PDF / 0.6826171875MB) download

Copper beech (purplish leaves)

Copper beech, also known as purple beech, is a cultivated form of common beech (although copper-coloured beech trees are also sometimes found in nature). It has been widely planted in parks and gardens because of its unusual colour and tends to be a marmite tree-some people love it for its unusual coloured leaves whilst others think it looks odd and unnatural.

Liquid Amber (red-very red leaves)

Liquid amber is not native to the UK. It’s native to the USA and is largely a tree of the Southeastern states, although its range stretches northward along the Atlantic coast into Connecticut. It is however often found in parks and gardens in the UK and is a popular tree because of the deep red its leaves turn in the autumn.

The name, Liquidambar, means, literally, "liquid amber" and refers to the pleasant-tasting resin that the tree exudes when you peel away the deeply furrowed bark. It was once used commercially for making soaps, adhesives and drugs. And the sweetgum's dark, reddish-brown wood is valued as a veneer for fine furniture. In some areas, sweetgum is second only to oak in hardwood production.

Field Maple

Britain’s only native maple species. In parts of Europe, it was thought that maple branches hung around a doorway stopped bats entering. The herbalist Culpepper recommended maple leaves and bark to strengthen the liver.

Silver leaved maple

The silver leaved maple is not native to Britain but has been extensively planted in parks and gardens. It is found naturally in large parts of the eastern half of the United States. The wood can be used to make cabinets, flooring, musical instruments, crates, and tool handles, because it is light and easily worked.

Black Hawthorn- Red leaves

Black Hawthorn is a plant native to the western half of the USA. Where it is a useful and important species. It produces flowers which attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds and fruits which are eaten by a wide range of birds and small mammal species. It turns an impressive red colour in the autumn.

 

 

Dog Walking

Dogs are welcome in the parkland, with plenty of space for them to run around in our designated off-lead area.

Mrs Child's Flower Garden at Osterley Park and House, London
Mrs Child's Flower Garden at Osterley Park and House, Middlesex, in September, with the Stables seen in the background. Mrs Child's Flower Garden at Osterley Park and House, Middlesex, in September, with the Stables seen in the background.
Mrs Child's Flower Garden at Osterley Park and House, London

Long walks

Enjoy Robert Adam’s vistas as they were intended to be seen by taking one of our pathways around the estate. With spectacular views across Middle Lake looking toward the house there’s no better way to get away from the busy London streets. Walk through woodland and past waterways, before dropping into our café for a warming drink and seasonal food.