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Top 10 Autumn Walks Near our Hotels & Resorts

4 October 2023

Discover Picturesque Autumnal Walking Routes

With autumn representing the season of the senses, our hotel and self-catering resort destinations set in renowned national parks and breathtaking countryside stretches offer the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and take in the distinctive sights, sounds and smells of nature at this time of year. 

Our seasonal breaks packages are especially appealing to the seasoned walkers, hikers and photographers willing to go the extra mile (literally!) to witness the finest scenic panoramas to be found across the UK. 

We've handpicked 10 accessible walks suiting all ages and abilities for you to enjoy during a memorable seasonal escape this year.

Minster Lovell Circular Walk - when staying at The Bear Hotel

A scenic 25-minute drive out from The Bear exists the charming English town of Minster Lovell.

The area's circular walk is simply stunning during the autumn months, with orange and red coloured leaves on the trees creating a vibrant backdrop to dramatic ruins and tranquil woodland walkways. 

Begin your 3.6 mile journey from the village with its smattering of traditional cottages and pubs, before winding past River Windrush and back round.

Minster Lovell Circular walk, Oxfordshire

Glentress Forest Walk - when staying at Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

When visiting our golf and spa hotel in Peebles, you'll be staying in Tweed Valley and the Scottish Borders, with nearby Glentress Forest representing one of the top natural visitor attractions in the country. 

Just an hour's walk or a 10-minute drive away from your accommodation, the forest is a veritable treasure trove for keen walkers looking to get off the beaten track and into the untouched wilderness of Scotland.

Our favourite of the numerous walking routes you can take includes Ponds Trail, with its wildlife spotting opportunities and enchanting Glentress ponds not to be missed.

Glentress Forest, Scottish Borders

Strathaven Waterfall Loop - when staying at Crutherland House Hotel & Spa

Drive out some 15-minutes from our hotel south of Glasgow, with Crutherland House perfectly positioned for combining the cultural delights of the city with walks showcasing natural spectacles. 

The aptly named Spectacle E'e Falls can be witnessed on the Strathaven Waterfall Loop, with the 3.5 mile walk starting in Strathaven itself before winding out to the waterfall - guaranteed to provide plenty of picture-perfect moments before you return back.

Strathaven Waterfall

Loch Ard & Lochan Spling Path - when staying at Forest Hills Hotel & Resort

You won't have to travel far to take part in our recommended walk in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with the glistening waters of Loch Ard reachable just a short walk from hotel reception. 

The pleasant path down to the smaller Lochan Spling is well sign posted with regular green posts along the stretch, while you'll also encouter several intriguing sculptures along the tree-lined route which expertly captures the essence of autumn.

Loch Ard in autumn

Alderford Lake Walk - when staying at Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

Walkable in just under an hour from our scenic Shropshire location near Whitchurch or reachable in around five minutes' drive by car, Alderford Lake is a must do on your itinerary list - whether you're looking for a local romantic stroll or a top spot for a family day out.

Today, dog walkers, runners and open water swimmers frequent the lake and grounds free of charge, with the lakeside walk also taking in a play area to keep the kids entertained.

Alderford Lake, Whitchurch

The Ullswater Way - when staying at Leeming House Hotel

Get away from it all when embarking on a nature-inspired getaway in the elegance of our Georgian mansion overlooking Ullswater. 

Alongside 22 acres of landscaped gardens and fields leading down to the water from your accommodation, this peaceful, dog-friendly setting is also home to numerous popular walking routes in the surrounding area.

Our pick is the varied Ullswater Circular, which is fairly low-level throughout. Take in plenty of quaint villages en-route and even the option to catch the famous Ullswater Steamer boat between sections.

Ullswater Way

Wansfell Pike - when staying at Old England Hotel & Spa

Drive approximately 15-20 minutes from our enviable location on Lake Windermere and you'll reach the foot of Wansfell Pike which can be accessed from Ambleside shoreline.

Especially appealing if you want to make a full day of it, this five mile hike is a great workout that's rewarded with sublime views of the countless fells in the area. You may also get the chance to meet one of the plentiful ponies that roam along the route.    

Wansfell Pike view, Windermere

Morpeth Countryside - when staying at Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

With our inviting hotel in Northumberland set within 450 acres of private grounds, there's plenty of room to get lost in the best way possible when visiting this autumn.

Close proximity to the town of Morpeth means there's lots of choice for invigorating walks this season. 

We'd recommend the circular five-mile saunter along the dreamy banks of River Wansbeck, which can be accessed either by car or from the train station, as you explore the surrounding fields of the town before strolling along the water's edge.

Morpeth Countryside and River Wansbeck

Machynlleth via Gelli-gau Circular - when staying at Plas Talgarth Resort

A mid-Wales situation between the rugged mountains of Snowdonia and the coastal bliss of Aberdyfi means you'll never tire of walking during a visit to our self-catering Plas Talgarth Resort. 

The Machynlleth via Gelli-gau Circular is a fantastic choice of walk should you not wish to venture too far afield in the region, especially during an extended stay when you have a few hours to spare.

The route navigates through a trail open year-round - with the beauty of the Powys county on display - offering a mix of hill climbs, descending slopes and unrivalled views.

Machynlleth countryside

Little Budworth Circular - when staying at Portal Golf & Spa Resort

The leafy Cheshire landscape on view around our hotel near the village of Tarporley is ready to explore during a trip together this autumn. 

Little Budworth Circular is an especially captivating ramble through forests and farmland around the quintessential English village. Stop off at the church or historic pub before heading out on a stroll that includes a sneak peek at the Oulton Park motor circuit.

Budworth Pool and The Mill Pond are distinct highlights along the journey that can be completed in around 2 1/2 hours.

Tarporley countryside, Cheshire