Fall – or autumn, it doesn’t really matter, call it what you want – is the best season of the year to go out walking. It’s not just the vivid colours from the different leaves on the ground or the amazing opportunity to pick up conkers that make it number one, but also the opportunity to end a fun day’s walking and immediately enter the pub and with a refreshing drink in your hand, go through all the wonderful pictures you took that day. Autumn creates the most striking landscapes thanks to the swelled rivers and falling leaves, but it’s the memories which come from the season which count the most – chiefly, because no season has a distinctive smell quite like autumn, with damp puddles, muddy leaves underfoot but also a little sun poking through when it gets the chance.
Obviously, autumn gives the opportunity to make many a corny joke but even leafing those alone, there’s plenty to celebrate about autumn. The days are neither too long nor too short, so while you can enjoy your walk you don’t end up walking miles and miles and miles! Better than that though, the British weather is bracing enough to keep you walking while warm enough to ensure you don’t freeze, especially if you’re kitted out sensibly.
For the more serious hikers, it’s still possible to have a lot of fun hiking in the autumn – whereas in the winter, many routes become uncrossable or seriously dangerous. And the best thing about going hiking or walking in the UK is that even if you get cold and wet in the morning, you can dry off and warm up in the pub before going out for an afternoon of fun.
Go to the right place and you can have an amazing day out, and what can be better value for money than walking? For all people talk about the difficulty of getting out of big cities, take a train for 45 minutes or an hour from London and you can be in rolling countryside in any of the Home Counties; drive outside Manchester for half an hour and you can be in rural Lancashire or right in the midst of the Pennines. If you live rurally, even better, there’s quite possibly a walking route within reach of your front door.
Depending on your interests, you might want to walk somewhere where you can visit a historical place of interest or somewhere with abundant bird life, or you might even want to follow the path Keats took before writing his famous poem about autumn. Just get out and walk before it gets too cold!