Autumn really does bring out the best in the Warwickshire countryside. From leisurely post-Sunday-lunch strolls to action-packed afternoons spent exploring country lanes, villages and woodland, nothing beats seeing the stunning shades of autumn and feeling the leaves crunch underfoot.
Here are some of the best places to enjoy an autumn walk in Warwickshire.
The historic Ryton Wood is just a short drive from Draycote and is the perfect place for a brisk autumn stroll. Part of this ancient woodland dates back to the 11th century, meaning you may walk past trees that have been around since the end of the last ice age! There are plenty of flat, well-marked trails to follow and you may even spot some of the local residents, including foxes, badgers and deer.
Upton House and Gardens
Upton House is a charming stately home surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland. The gardens have a collection of over 100 different varieties of Aster, also known as Michaelmas daisies, which look their best at the end of September. As well as enjoying a walk through the colourful gardens, you can stroll through the orchards and nearby woodland where you’ll see splashes of red, brown and gold.
Set in the heart of the forest of Arden, is a historic estate that is home to stunning landscaped gardens. There are also several countryside walks nearby, including the Baddesley Clinton to Packwood walk, which takes you past the Stratford-upon-Avon canal and two other stunning country houses, and the Baddlesley Clinton Heart of England Way walk, a scenic route that meanders through country lanes and field paths.
Oakley Wood is less than half an hour from Draycote and is a peaceful woodland with two lovely walks. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the colours of autumn and look out for local wildlife. The blue and red walking trails are clearly marked and at the start of each trail you’ll find a post with a QR code for you to scan before you head off.
Coombe Abbey is home to 500 acres of stunning gardens and woodland. The park features plenty of walking trails, a wildflower meadow, picturesque lakes and ponds, and a historic deer park that offers breathtaking views over the park and nearby Abbey. There’s even a café where you can warm up with a cup of tea and slice of cake after your autumn walk.
For more information on things to do during your stay at Draycote, please get in touch with our team who will be happy to help.