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Autumnal Vibes

By Tom Dimond
Co-Founder of Salkan

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Autumn has definitely arrived here in the UK. Although it brings the wind and the rain, it’s probably one of my favourite times of the year. Autumnal colours are starting to emerge and it is time to don the beanie and head outdoors for one of nature’s great shows.

 

We have put together a list of all the great places you can visit here in the UK. It’s the perfect time to head into the forests where you can shelter from the weather and hug some trees – if that’s your thing.

UK Map of Autumn Walks

1. Epping Forest

A forest that you can catch the tube too. Perfect for a day out of the big smoke. It is also home to ten species of bat, if you fancy hanging around until dusk. Epping High Street also has an array of pubs that you can grab a Sunday Roast at and sit by a fire – sounds like the perfect Sunday.

2. The New Forest National Park

So much woodland to explore we couldn’t leave The New Forest National park off the list. It only became a National Park in the UK in 2005. Ponies roam free and will probably poke their heads into the tent come the morning. Plenty of good campsites that are close to the forest. It’s also worth heading to the coast if you have time.

 

Autumnal Vibes
Photo by Ben Cooper
New Forest Wind
Photo by Ben Cooper

3. Galloway Forest

The largest forest in the UK at 299 square miles and, if you are into your mountain biking, there are plenty of spots to fly through the woods. Check out the trail routes from the Glentrool Visitor Centre. You can find a great wild camping spot next to Black Loch – a small clearing next to a monument in front of the loch. Remember to leave no trace!

4. Ingleborough

Not many trees here unless you vist the Ingle Falls Trail. However at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales, you will find Ingleborough which is part of the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge and is an excellent climb on its own. It’s the second most prominent peak of the Peak District; you can start the walk at the Hill Inn and it should take around 3 hours.

Inglebrough
Photo by Chris Watson
Camping in Inglebrough
Photo by Chris Watson
Camping in Inglebrough
Photo by Chris Watson

5. Snake Woodlands

Located just off the famous Snake Pass that connects Manchester to Sheffield and goes through the heart of the Peak District. One of my favourite places just to go for a drive and you can tie in a stop at the beautiful Snake Woodlands bang in the middle.

Autumnal Vibes
Photo by Beth Squire
Autumnal Vibes
Photo by Beth Squire
Backpacks in the woods
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