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With crisp air and golden hues, autumn is one of the best seasons to enjoy a woodland walk solo, with family, or even your trusty dog and of course – Northern Trains can take you there! From Manchester to Leeds, York to Chester, here are some of the best autumn walks to enjoy as the seasons change. Fancy a last-minute trip? Save on the day with cheaper tickets up to 5 minutes before departure!

Autumn Woodland Walks in Leeds

North Dean WoodsOtley Chevin Park Nature Reserve

Starting Point: Chevin Country Park Hotel Reception

A great walking route for those looking for something shorter this autumn is Otley Chevin Park in Leeds. Just 2.7 miles long, the peak of this peaceful walking path named Surprise View provides amazing sights where you can see as far as Simon’s Seat!

Otley Chevin Forest

North Dean Woods Norland Circular Walk

Starting Point: West Vale

A bit of a longer and moderate autumn walk with a steady incline, the North Dean Woods and Norland Circular is 9.3 miles in total and will take you along the River Calder. During the walk, you’ll be treated to views of the Norland Moors and beautiful oak trees as they show off their autumn shades. 

North Dean Woods Circular Walk

Autumn Woodland Walks in Manchester

Chorlton Ees woodland walkChorlton Ees Woodland Walk

Starting Point: Chorlton Nature Reserve

As a small patch of woodland, Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve is a great location for a short leisurely stroll. Consisting of 58 hectares, it mixes woodland with meadows and will take you along the River of Mersey. Plus, there’s lots of great pubs and a cafe nearby if you get peckish after this autumn walk!

Chorlton Ees Walk

Philips Park Walk, Manchester

Starting Point: Philips Park Play Area

Philips Park is one of the largest parks in Greater Manchester and has existed since the 1800s! Covering 31 acres and located just next to Manchester Stadium, it’s perfect for a longer woodland walk this autumn. With its reputation for being rich in wildlife, you may even spot an adorable robin or fuzzy squirrel.

Philips Park Walk

Autumn Woodland Walks in Sheffield

Rivelin ValleyRivelin Valley Park Trail

Starting Point: Rivelin Valley Road Car Park

Great for a healthy family walk or a stroll with your four-legged friend, Rivelin Valley Park is a 2.5-mile trail that will take you along River Rivelin and features stunning mini-waterfalls. The Rivelin Park Café is the perfect place to stop for lunch and kids can burn energy at the park's playground too.

Rivelin Valley Trail

Ecclesall Woods

Starting Point: Woodland Discovery Centre, Abbey Lane

As the largest ancient woodland in West Yorkshire, Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield is perfect for taking a long woodland walk this autumn. Totalling 350 acres, the area is made up of three smaller areas of woodland and has a variety of routes you can enjoy on foot or bike.

Ecclesall Woods

Autumn Woodland Walks in Chester

Quarry BankNational Trust Quarry Bank Giant Castle Walk

Starting Point: Quarry Bank Mill Yard

Discover the autumn colours of the Western Woods on this beautiful 3.4-mile National Trust walking trail that follows the River Bollin. On this route you’ll also see some of Styal’s interesting medieval buildings, which tie in perfectly with the autumnal tones.

Quarry Bank Giant's Castle Walk

The Wizard’s Wander At Alderley Edge

Starting Point: National Trust Car Park

Are you a wizard? If your name isn’t Harry, you’re probably not. Luckily, that’s not necessary to enjoy the National Trust’s Wizard’s Wander walking trail at Alderley Edge. Aptly named for an autumn walk, this is an easy woodland walking route of only 1 mile, where you can take in the nearby nature and enjoy the fresh air.

The Wizard's Wander at Alderley Edge

Autumn Woodland Walks in York

Acomb Wood DriveAcomb Wood Walk

Starting Point: Acomb Wood Drive

This small and peaceful stretch of National Trust woodland is located just a stone’s throw away from nearby urban areas. You can follow a circular route around the woods in just 20-30 minutes depending on your pace. If you’re lucky you may even spot an owl nestled in a tree!

Acomb Wood Walk

Askham Bog Walk & Nature Reserve

Starting Point: Askham Bar Park & Ride

The term bog may not conjure scenic imagery of a beautiful woodland, but that’s exactly what you’ll find on this Woodland Trust route. Once a lake, the area is now home to an array of trees and plant species and has benches where you can stop to take a break, enjoy the birdsong, and take in the autumn views.

Askham Bog

Now that you’ve chosen your ideal autumn walk, why not start planning your journey there? You can get up to 65% off your Northern train tickets when you book in advance and remember, dogs are welcome on all of our trains!

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