Places to visit
Find out about visiting our woodlands and National Nature Reserves
We’ve chosen five woodlands and nature reserves where you can enjoy a walk full of autumn colour.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish and there is an information panel at the start of the trail.
Every walking trail is graded to give an indication of its difficulty. Find out about walking trail grades.
Immerse yourself in the burnished hues of red oak and beech trees
Get ready to gasp at the burnished colours of the red oak and beech trees on this circular walk in an old woodland. Keep your eyes peeled for woodland birds like long-tailed tits, great spotted woodpeckers and treecreepers. Don’t miss the viewpoint over the Cleddau Estuary – look out for herons and other waterside birds here. Take a flask and relax at one of the picnic areas along the route.
Climb through heather and bilberry to a cairn with views of Pen y Fan
Autumn is a great time to visit the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park as there are fewer visitors and the weather is often ideal for walking. Set off on our short but steep waymarked trail to experience a craggy mountain landscape just a few hundred metres from the A470. This circular route follows a river and then climbs steeply through heather and bilberry to a cairn. There are great views of Pen y Fan from here and on the return route down a grassy slope.
Soak up the autumn colours from our viewpoints over the Wye Valley
Savour the views over the dramatic Wye gorge and river through the colourful trees from the three viewpoints along this trail. The Wye Valley has been attracting visitors for centuries and autumn is a lovely time to visit the woodlands here which are amongst the most beautiful in Britain. The mixture of trees, ranging from stately oak and beech trees to ash, cherry and small-leaved lime, display a rich palette of seasonal colours.
Enjoy autumn’s rich palette on our walk through Crychan Forest
Stretch your legs and immerse yourself in autumn colours on this short walk through Crychan Forest from our easy-to-find car park just off the A40. This circular trail follows alongside the river know as Nant y Dresglen before crossing a bridge over the water for the return leg. There is another waymarked trail here if you fancy a slightly longer walk – see our website or the information panel in the car park for details.
Savour views of the Conwy Valley clothed in seasonal colours
Enjoy views of the old market town of Llanrwst and Conwy Valley clothed in autumn colours from the viewpoints on this woodland walk. Look out for the sculptures with information panels set amongst the trees. Created by local artists, one of the sculptures is a striking memorial to the old town hall in Llanrwst. This walk is named after Lady Mary whose family developed the historic Gwydir Estate which is nearby.
Sometimes we need to close visitor facilities or trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or operations - please plan ahead and check the web page for the woodland or reserve before you set out.
For advice about preparing for your trip, keeping yourself and others safe and how you can help ensure that the countryside remains a beautiful place that everyone can enjoy see the Countryside Code.
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