Top 10 Places To Scamper Through Autumn Colours With Your Dog

There’s no better way to make the most of autumn’s colourful playground than scampering through the golden leaves with your four-legged friend. From wild woodlands drenched in russet hues, to rugged peaks carpeted in purple heather, here are ten of the UK’s top spots to experience the autumn colours with your dog.

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1. The Lake District, Cumbria

From wooded valleys to rugged peaks, Cumbria’s Lake District is ablaze with colour in autumn. Take an easy stroll with your hound around Grasmere or Buttermere, where you’ll be dazzled by the profusion of russet treetops reflected in the glassy surface of the lakes. Or wend through Borrowdale’s valley tapestry of greens, yellows and golds, scampering through the fallen leaves under foot and paw. if you want a bird’s eye view of the season’s hues, climb Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, or hike up some of the famous Langdale Pikes.

2. The Cotswolds

Blanketed in countryside, The Cotswolds make an idyllic destination to curl up in a honey-hued cottage with your dog in autumn. You won’t have to walk far to be scuffling through the leaves and watching the sunlight dance through golden canopies, but make a beeline for the dog-friendly Westonbirt Arboretum to witness the richest scarlet, orange and gold leaves bursting from its diverse native and exotic tree tops.

3. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Covering no less than 823 square miles, WalesSnowdonia National Park is swathed in a bold autumn palette from its towering peaks to its breathtaking valleys. There’s no doubt you’ll wear out even the most energetic dogs on the four-hour walk around Lake Llyn Padarn, where you can soak up the heady hues of the season alongside the rich heritage of the Welsh slate industry. Strolling around the shores of these large glacial waters there are plenty of opportunities for your four-legged friend to drink and swim, although on some sections they will need to be on a lead.

4. Cardinham Woods, Cornwall

Beyond its beaches and coastline, Cornwall boasts some stunning woodland for an autumn adventure with your pooch. From its secret glades and burbling stream, to tree-lined trails winding to eye-popping viewpoints, Cardinham Woods has miles of dog-friendly trails – whether you want a challenging hike with the hound or a simple stroll through the fallen leaves. Whatever the level of your adventure, paws for delicious homemade food in the dog-friendly Woods Café.

5. The New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest trees in the autumn

Wander magical glades and ancient woodland, to open moors and rugged cliff tops, in this enchanting forest on England’s south coast. Lace up your walking boots and let your four-legged friend enjoy the crisp autumn air of the New Forest, as you hike beneath the fiery foliage in one of the UK’s most dog-friendly forest parks. From a vast web of walking routes and trails to choose from, we love to experience the sizzling seasonal colours of the woods and streams of Rockford Common, the leafy Denny Woods, and on the circular walk around Wilverley Plain.

6. Hastings Country Park, East Sussex

An 850-acre blanket spreading from wooded glens to clifftops and coastline, Hastings Country Park is home to extensive trails where you and your dog can explore all day long. Rustle through the leaves and snuffle through the valleys, play fetch on wide-open pastures, or climb to the clifftops and gaze across the channel to the shores of France. Whichever way you look, from the coast to the East Sussex countryside, the area is tucked under a patchwork of vibrant autumn colours.

7. Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

Time for an autumn walkies in Wiltshire? Just south of Marlborough, Savernake Forest is an ancient woodland bursting with beech and oak trees, including the iconic – and one of the oldest – Big Belly Oak. With thousands of veteran oaks lining the trails, there is no shortage of leaves to scamper through as you follow the relatively flat 9.5km Forest Walk from Bumble Oak, along the Grand Avenue and past Big Belly Oak.

8. Aberystwyth, Wales

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A picturesque town in West Wales that flaunts thousands of years of history, Aberystwyth is a cracking location for a dog-friendly staycation once the trees turn golden brown. Tackle the steep climbs of the Ridgetop Trail at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, to be rewarded with incredible views from heather-clad hills sloping to gold and orange woodland. The cooler days of autumn are the ideal time to take this 5km loop with your hound at your heels, and you can also enjoy panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.

9. Glen Affric, Scotland

The Highland‘s Glen Affric comes alive with the vibrant colours of autumn from its sparkling lochs and ancient pinewoods to vast moorland. Don walking boots and take your four-legged friend on an adventure to Dog Falls, a National Nature Reserve brimming with wildlife amongst its wonderful mix of pine, birch and oak trees. Explore the forest of gnarled old Scots pine, shining silver birch and lichen-covered oaks, and follow the Dog Falls Trail through the golden colours to the spectacular waterfall, with its whisky-coloured water rushing through the canyon.

10. Windsor Great Park, Berkshire

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An enchanting place to walk your dog at any time of year, Windsor Great Park is particularly famous for its displays of autumn colour. And what better time to take a staycation to this stunning Berkshire park surrounding Windsor Castle, the home of the late Queen Elizabeth II? Out of over 4,800 acres of lakeside walks, wild forests and open fields, we love an autumn dog walk around Virginia Water, where you’ll be mesmerised by the rich reds and golds of autumn.

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