Autumn in the UK and Ireland is idyllic, with its cool, crisp weather and colourful landscapes. The best way to enjoy the scenery is to take it slow with an autumnal walk. Here are 7 of the best in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland…
Buttermere, the Lake District
The unspoiled natural beauty of the Lake District glows with brilliant colour in the autumn. Buttermere is a stunning lake with an accessible 4.5-mile walking path around its edges, and if you want to go further, it links to fell walks such as Haystacks, High Stile, and Red Pike.
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Derwent Valley Heritage Way, Derbyshire and the Peak District
Follow the River Derwent through beautiful Derbyshire countryside and the Peak District National Park. The route includes the Chatsworth estate and its stunning gardens. Starting in Heatherdene and ending near Shardlow, the route stretches 51 miles.
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
This National Trust site is especially striking in the autumn. There are easy, accessible walks around the estate that take you around the abbey ruins and water gardens, with their follies and statues.
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Dartmoor, South Devon
Walkers are spoilt for choice at Dartmoor, as there are routes for all levels and interests. For the best in autumnal colour, don’t miss Stone Lane Gardens on the edge of the park.
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Lady Mary’s Walk, Perthshire
This leafy, varied 5.5-mile route takes you along the River Earn and gently up Laggan Hill. It starts and ends at Glenturret Distillery, home of the Famous Grouse.
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Wye Valley Walk, Monmouthshire
Made famous by Wordsworth and Turner, Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to Tintern Abbey. It’s particularly stunning in the autumn when its leafy hills explode into a range of colours. The full walk extends 136 miles.
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Dingle Way, County Kerry, Ireland
This breathtaking loop around the Dingle Peninsula is filled with gorgeous coastal cliff views and cultural gems. Don’t miss the ancient Fahan Beehive huts and the Celtic writing of Ogham Stones in Dunloe. The full loop, starting and ending in Tralee, covers 101 miles.