7 stunning places to explore this autumn

7 stunning places to explore this autumn

Enjoy an autumnal walk at some of the most scenic locations in the south west.

Spending time outdoors and staying active are important for both your mental and physical wellbeing, so don’t let the cold breeze that autumn brings put you off getting out and about in your area. 

The south west is a place of beauty, boasting an amazing mix of popular beaches, remote nature reserves and more. Here are some places you could visit for a refreshing walk.

1. Clatworthy Reservoir

Located in the Brendon Hills on the edge of Exmoor, Clatworthy Reservoir isn’t short of things to do, whether you’re a keen angler or looking for somewhere to stretch your legs.

With the array of wildlife the scenic reservoir has to offer, walking around it can see you come across a range of rare wildflowers, birds and butterflies. 

The reservoir is also home to some of the best fly-fishing in the west country. You can even fish from a boat while you relax and enjoy the view!



2. Weston-super Mare Beach

A trip to North Somerset isn’t complete without visiting Weston-super-Mare Beach. Take in the sea breeze by walking or cycling along its two-mile-long seafront. 

Appreciate the amazing view of the beach from The Grand Pier, which also hosts a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Information about the safety measures in place on the pier to protect visitors from coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found here.  

3. Widbrook Wood

Owned and managed by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Widbrook Wood is situated on the edge of Trowbridge between the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal

It forms part of a large woodland with more than 40,000 trees, including a mix of ash, cherry, poplar, willow, and oak.  

This makes it a perfect haven for wildlife and a variety of bird species – keep an eye out for the kingfishers and grebes near the water. 

4. Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach stretches 18 miles from West Bay to Portland, making it one of three major shingle beaches in the UK. 

While the beach attracts many visitors during the summer, you can also enjoy the brisk sea air by strolling along its shoreline during autumn. 

You can also learn about the wildlife and history of the beach through interactive displays at the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre.

5. Brandon Hill Nature Reserve

Set in the heart of Bristol, Brandon Hill Nature Reserve is one of Avon Wildlife Trust’s many nature reserves in the area.  

It is home to a rich variety of wildlife and boasts a vibrant mix of animals, including foxes, bats and birds. 

It’s also worth walking up Brandon Hill itself so that you can enjoy the amazing view of the city from the top! 

6. Royal Victoria Park

Less than a mile from Bath city centre, Royal Victoria Park is great fun for both adults and children alike. 

A walk along the park’s tree-lined footpaths during October or November makes for a refreshing autumnal walk. 

You can also make your way through the Botanical Gardens – a nine-acre space filled with fascinating limestone structures and stunning flower beds.

7. Gold Hill

Famous for featuring in a Hovis advert in the 70s, Gold Hill is a cobbled street located in Shaftesbury, Dorset. 

The top of the hill provides an amazing view of the countryside and has even been described as ‘one of the most romantic sights in England’.

It’s a very steep hill, so walking up it is great exercise if you’re trying to get active. Take in the picturesque scenery as you make your way up and down the hill! 

If there is a hidden gem in your area that you think people should know about, share it with us by sending in a photo to community@wessexwater.co.uk and we may feature it in a future blog post.

Written by

Tom Thomson

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