Autumn is one of my favourite seasons to get out and about in nature as I love the way nature transforms the landscape. If like me you love spending time outdoors, why not head out to the countryside for a weekend of rambling this Autumn.
The New Forest National Park
The New Forest is one of my top walking spots, famous for its roaming horses and beautiful heathland. It boasts a stunning coastline with miles of forest trails and covers a vast 300 acres so there is so much choice.
Our favourite walking route is to start out in Lyndhurst and take the circular path to Brockenhurst which takes you through ancient woodland along quiet gravel tracks and back again.
Stop for a drink at The Fox & Hounds in Lyndhurst; a lovely family run gastro-pub perfect for a post-walk refreshment.
If you have time, take a ten mile de-tour to the award winning Beaulieu National Motor Museum which is home to a world famous collection of over 250 historic cars, motorcycles and F1 race cars.
The Peak District
Having spent many years travelling to equestrian shows across England, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside destinations. The Peak District is located in Derbyshire and is one of my favourite hidden gems with breathtaking scenery and plateaus as far as the eye can see.
If you’re the adventurous type looking for something quite challenging, head for the village of Edale where you can take a hike to the famous Kinder Scout. It’s about a 9 mile round trip which reaches 600m above sea level so set off early and check the weather!
When you reach the top, the views are utterly stunning; it’s the perfect place to refuel with a picnic. I always take my 100% merino wool Cambridge blanket from Englana which folds up nicely into my backpack.
On the way back, be sure to stop off at the The Old Nags Head, a charming 16th century pub for a well-deserved refreshment.
The Lake District
Located in the North-West of England, the town of Windermere is the perfect spot to base yourself for an wonderful autumn weekend, thanks to its cosmopolitan village full of beautiful cafes and pubs and its vast array of nearby hiking routes.
Lake Windermere itself is England's largest lake and boasts a variety of beautifully manicured, gentle paced walkways. You can easily spend a few days meandering through the streets and watching the world go by.
For a more challenging fell walk, head further out to Langdale and climb to the summit of Scafell Pike which is a 22km scramble and will take around 7 hours to complete. On completion, head back and pack up your walking boots in the luxury Englana Hamilton boot bag, before spending the night at the Gilpin Hotel for a truly indulgent treat!