As the leaves are turning brown and the weather’s getting a bit nippy, there’s nothing like an autumnal walk to blow the cobwebs away. Here are some of the favourites from our teams:
Bath Skyline – Mel, BTP HQ
My favourite walk that I do most weeks is the Bath Skyline. It is essentially a proper country walk which happens to skirt the edge of Bath and taps into various bits of Georgian gloriousness along the way.
Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park – Rob, BTP Plymouth
As part of the renowned South West Coast Path, Mount Edgcumbe is the perfect destination. A stunning walk around the waterside of the Mount Edgcumbe Estate and gardens with so much to explore. Well catered to tourists with local events, fairs and so on. With views across Plymouth sound and paths littered with 16th-century buildings and monuments, it’s a walker’s wonderland. For the budding hikers, you can continue the path around the peninsula to the idyllic twinned villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, and out to Rames Head. The estate is also dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible.
A 5-minute ferry hop on the Cremyll Ferry (£1.50 adults single, 75p children 5-15, under 4s free) across to Plymouth, you can continue the South West Path across Plymouth Hoe and waterfront into the historic Barbican quarter. Obviously finishing with a warming coffee or meal here at Boston Tea Party!
Westonbirt Arboretum – Ben, Marketing
One of my favourite places to visit, particularly at this time of year – I proposed to my wife in the autumn leaves at Westonbirt. The colours of the changing trees are beautiful, and their recently added treetop walkway means you get an even better view.
Stourhead Garden – Katy, Marketing:
I make time for an Autumn visit to Stourhead every year. Not just so that I can imagine I’m Keira Knightly being wooed by a hunky Mr Darcy (it was used as the set for the 2005 remake of Pride & Prejudice), but because the colours of the trees are truly break-taking at this time of year. Try to go on a still day, and you’ll be treated to seeing the colours reflected in the lake.
Lickey Hills – Shaney, BTP Edgbaston:
Although it’s 10 miles south of Birmingham, The Lickeys are a great place for a day out, to spot wildlife or just to admire the views.
Pittville Park, Cheltenham – Franky, BTP Cheltenham
Cheltenham has countless parks, you can walk through two across town to reach Montpellier. Pittville Park is the biggest, with a lake you can row boats on, and massive trees that leave the grass orange and yellow from all the leaves that fall! In addition to this, there is the university park campus has a lake shaped like Africa or if you fancy a view, it’s worth a walk up Cleeve Hill or Leckhampton Hill for the views.
Leigh Woods, Bristol – Shelley, Finance
It’s super handy from the city, with great views over Bristol. You can get there by going over the Suspension Bridge, so even getting there has loads to see. It’s suitable for all – whether walking, taking the kids or a bike. We love to use the many cycle routes that are well signposted and easy to get round. It’s also worth heading down to Paradise Bottom – if biking you can go down to the towpath and there is an offshoot to get there – a beautiful lake with a wonderful name!