You know it’s Autumn when you can feel the crisp golden leaves crunching beneath you, the chill in the air and the warming rays from the last of the summer sun beat down on you as you take a walk through the park.
And what better way to go out and explore the beautiful nature and warm colours of Autumn than with your four-legged pal Fido?
At Time for Paws we have found some of the most beautiful dog walking spots in the UK for you and your pooch to make the most of this Autumn.
Brownsea Island, Dorset
The scenic landscape of Dorset’s Rich Reds of Brownsea walk creates a wonderful trail for you and your energetic pup. If you’re seeking a touch of Autumnal colour, the rich reds of Scarlet Oaks and the smell of sweet chestnuts make this the most inviting walk for you and your dog.
From the varied wildlife to the vividness of such an Autumnal environment. You’ll want to keep coming back again and again. Witness panoramic viewpoints that stretch out for miles into the distance, as you make your way across the vibrant yellow daffodil field, soaking in the coastal atmosphere.
Emmetts Garden, Kent
Sitting on the steep slopes of the rural ramblings in the beautiful Kent countryside is Emmett’s ethereal Garden. Embark on the Weardale walk, where you’ll stumble upon crisp autumn leaves and vibrant red toadstools and not to mention the sticky scent of the burnt toffee tree. Get there in early autumn for such a tempting woodland treat.
Your dog will love the peaceful terrain of Toys Hill and Hosey Common. But be wary of the red and white spotted fly agaric as not only is this poisonous to both you and Fido, it’s infamous for its hallucinogenic properties. Not the kind of nature you what you want to discover on your woodland walkies. For a thirst-quenching pitstop, water bowls are dotted around outside of the Discovery Cabin and Old Stables Café. And if you happen to find yourself out of doggy bags? Head over to the visitor centre, where they will be more than happy to accommodate your pooch’s needs.
Gunners’ Park to East Beach, Shoebury
Gunners’ Park is a beautiful nature reserve and has a stunning patch of lush green land, which joins up with the East Beach promenade. The delights of the coastal path can be easily reached but it’s important to note that your dog’s four paws are only able to frolic on the beach between the 1st October to the 30th of April. Which is the perfect time to uncover some autumn leaves.
There is a shimmering lake sitting pretty in the middle of this rural reserve and plenty of benches for you to perch upon as your pal runs rings around you. They may even make some furry friends as they dip their paws into the refreshing waters. The path to Shoeburyness is concrete, which means your dog will need to be kept on a lead, but as you reach the greenery of the playing fields along the way, it’s time to release the leash, for some barking mad fun!
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Take the trail that runs alongside Beech Avenue to discover rich reds and perfect patches of golden leaves. This walk will take roughly an hour and a half, and is a great jaunt for your doggy pal. Watch as they delight themselves on this woodland walk, heading towards the beauty of the Japanese Garden.
Astonishingly, there are 12 National Trust marked paths here, and dogs are allowed to explore every one of them except for the formal gardens and the Kingston Lacy house itself.
Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
There are 5,000 acres of unspoilt land for you and your furry friend to amble aimlessly through, as you uncover the Autumnal trails of Ashridge Estate. As a very popular dog walking spot, you’ll discover a whole host of exciting wildlife. From butterflies and birds to the enchantment of woodland bats, Fido will undoubtedly be entertained as he seeks out autumn areas of joy.
Once the leaves begin to turn into rich reds and burnt oranges, these peaceful paths transform from just another dog walk into paths of wistful wonder. It’s important to remember to keep your pup under control and within your eyesight, however, as the graceful leap of the woodland deer may catch them off guard at any given time.