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Autumn leaves

The leafs have gone from green to yellow to red and we're all excited to put on our coziest autumn clothes and take our boots on an outdoor adventure. Here are some of the best places to explore with your Scout Group this season. 

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England

Once a royal hunting forest, Sherwood Forest is also the legendary home of outlaw Robin Hood. If you’re a fan of oak trees, this is the place to be. It’s the home to 800-year-old Major oak, the star of 900 ancient oak trees. There are plenty of walking trails and cycle paths. Find out more

Scout Adventures Hawkhirst, Northumberland, England 

Hailed as the best dark sky in the UK, brace yourself for some serious stargazing at Hawkhirst. Hardly a more remote spot than this one in England, this Scout Adventures Centre is truly the best place to go get lost this season and do some canoe and sailing while you're at it! Find out more. 

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, England

Now is the time to enjoy the Lake District at its brilliant best. In between lakes Windemere and Coniston, Grizedale Forest is home to a herd of red deer and there are over 60 outdoor sculptures connected by walking and cycling trails. Find out more

Grizedale Forest

National Forest, central England

Expect some amazing colours from the National Forest’s eight million trees. The National Forest Way extends 75 miles with walking routes through young and ancient woodland. It links the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire with Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. Find out more

The Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire, Scotland

The River Garry flows through this impressive wooden gorge. Views from the bridge across the river are stunning and if you’re lucky you’ll see salmon leaping below at this time of year. There’s no shortage of magnificent autumn colours with oak, beech and birch trees. Find out more

Pass of Killiecrankie

Drumlamph Wood, County Derry, Northern Ireland

This is one of the few remaining ancient woods in Northern Ireland and the fiery autumn colours are beautiful. With hazel, ash and oak, the ancient woodland here covers 42 acres and is surrounded by wetland and rush meadow. Find out more

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire, England

There are streams, ravines and waterfalls in this wooden valley in the southern Pennines. Circular walks through the unspoilt woodland range from three to seven miles. There’s also a 200-year-old former mill to explore. Find out more

Hardcastle Crags

Castell Coch, Glamorgan, Wales

This 19th century Gothic castle is surrounded by beech trees which turn dramatic copper shades in autumn. October is the best time to explore the area and see the vibrant displays of colour. You can also check out the castle which was built on medieval ruins. Find out more

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire, England


In this estate set in the Chiltern Hills, you’ll find beech and oak woodlands showing off their amazing autumn colours. Keep an eye out for fallow deer. Find out more

Is your Group going hiking this autumn? Tell us about your favourite walks and share your photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Read our blog about 12 really useful trees.

Please note that activities in Scouting must follow the rules and guidance as set out at scouts.org.uk/a-z.  

Images above from Creative Commons: autumn leaves, Grizedale Forest, Pass of Killiecrankie and Hardcastle Crags.

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