23 Aug National Trust reveals top autumn walks in London
Nature comes into its own at this time of year, presenting a dazzling array of autumn colours for you to revel in. Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll or an energetic stomp, there are plenty of walking and running trails to choose from in London. Experience the joy of being outdoors as the season changes and soak in the smells, sounds, tastes, and sights of autumn.
1. Morden Hall Park trail
Distance: 1.9 miles (3 km)
Download the walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park/trails/an-oasis-in-suburbia—morden-hall-park-walk
Embrace the suburban splendour of Morden Hall Park while passing through lime trees lined avenues, sizzling in fiery shades of red and orange. Then wander down towards the river and cross the park’s iconic white bridge, stopping in the dappled golden light for a quick game of pooh sticks before finishing off with something delicious from the Potting Shed Café.
2. Ham House from Richmond
Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
Download the walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden/trails/ham-house-from-richmond-walk
Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some autumn air on this riverside ramble around Richmond. Encounter views protected by an act of parliament and enhanced by seasonal colours.
Head to the Kitchen Garden at Ham House to see a dazzlingly display of ‘Ham-grown’ produce, which can be tasted close-by in the Orangery Café and bought from a produce stall on site. Stop by the new orchard which the gardens team have been busy planting with a selection of 30 London and Surrey apples.
3. Osterley Park perimeter trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (2.4 m)
Download the walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house/trails/cycle-the-estate-at-osterley-park-and-house
Walk, run or cycle along this trail around the perimeter of Osterley Park, taking in the golden glow of autumn as you go. It’s got an all-weather level surface, making it accessible for all ages.
4. Egham to Runnymede circular walk
Distance: 3.7 miles (5.9 km)
Download the walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede/trails/egham-to-runnymede-countryside-circular-walk
A ramble through meadows and ancient woodlands towards Runnymede, the site of the sealing of Magna Carta. Spot some fantastic fungi along the way and crunch through freshly fallen autumn leaves.
5. Rainham Hall Community Garden
For a shorter walk, stop by this tucked away treasure and explore the community gardens. This nearly three-acre community garden is free to enter and is open from 11-4.00pm, Thursday to Saturdays. Just the place to escape outdoors for some fresh air during autumn. The gardens are accessible with sloping gravel paths, lawns and a small orchard with apples, plums, mulberry and pear trees.
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