Category: Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time to get out on a walk and explore all the beautiful colours that autumn brings with it.

We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite autumn walks in and around Plymouth, where you’re bound to see an array of reds, oranges and browns.

Wrap up warm and head out to enjoy those fresh autumn days!

Saltram House

National Trust – Saltram

If you’re looking for a crisp walk through crunchy leaves, the National Trust owned Saltram House sits in 500 acres, with an incredible range of habitats to see including saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary.

This popular spot is a haven for soaking up the season with family walks, gentle cycling and a café where you can stop off for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake after you’ve finished exploring.

There are lots of dog-friendly walking routes around the park, including a circular route which starts and finishes in the car park and takes you to the banks of the River Plym.

     

Dartmoor

Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, Dartmoor is a unique sight to behold in the autumn, with trees on the surrounding hills tinted red and orange.

From granite tors to ancient woodland and picturesque villages, Dartmoor offers spectacular walking routes for all and provide an awash of photo opportunities of autumn foliage and sweeping views.

      

Person kayaking at Plymbridge woods

Plymbridge Wood

The Plym Valley Trail cuts through the National Trust-owned Plymbridge Woods.

Several old quarries with interesting industrial archaeological remains now support an abundance of ferns, mosses and lichens. The site is home to many animals, including a herd of fallow deer, and a wide range of birds.

This gentle trail is perfect for exploring by foot or by bike and is ideal for capturing spectacular autumnal views.

    

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.

A delight for foliage fans and families alike, the autumnal garden and country park feature a fiery show colours and incredible views

Enthused by the magnificent Grade I Cornish gardens and famous historic house, explore, enjoy, learn its history or even dream awhile.

     

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey

When you visit National trust owned Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.

A must-see for autumn, you’ll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands soaked in a sea of colour of bright reds and oranges and  where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley.

Finish off with a seasonal bowl of warming soup in the Ox Yard Restaurant.

       

Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir

Set within Dartmoor National Park, Burrator Reservoir is a nature lover’s paradise surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors.

The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips and beautiful scenic viewpoints to enjoy the autumn colours.

The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It takes between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles.

     

The Waterfront

For a peaceful autumn stroll, Plymouth’s stunning waterfront is a great place to visit on a cold autumn day. It is also a section of the South West Coast Path.

Marvel at the views across The Sound from Plymouth Hoe and head to a great range of pubs, restaurants and cafes overlooking the water making for a lovely place to stop after a brisk walk.

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