Autumn walks at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

In its blazing autumn finery, Winkworth Arboretum is a landscape like no other. Take an autumn walk through 121 acres of wild woodland, accented with the fiery colours of over 1,000 species of trees and shrubs.

With a mixture of level walkways and challenging hills, there's a route for everyone to explore. Pick up a map at the kiosk and follow the blue Access for All walk, the yellow Taste of Winkworth walk, or the red Challenge walk, depending on your preferences. Or take a leap of faith and wander wherever your fancy takes you - there's enough to see for hours of escape.

To delve deeper into the world of Winkworth's woods, pick up a Tree Guide from the kiosk and discover the locations of the season's best specimens.

Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum

During the autumn season, the best sights can be found in the Bowl, where the vision of the arboretum's founder most visibly comes to life. Native oaks and beeches rub shoulders with Japanese acers and American liquidambars, creating a riotous and  ever-changing showcase of colour that lasts for weeks.

Robin (Erithacus robecula)
Robin in autumn trees

Don't miss the Azalea Steps leading towards the boathouse, where the candyfloss-scented katsura trees and blazing red maples create a truly magical atmosphere.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

When you've finished your walk, pop into the tea-room near the kiosk for a refreshing drink and a slice of cake, baked fresh daily. Indulge guilt-free, knowing every bite helps us preserve and protect Winkworth's historic landscape for years to come.