25 of Britain's best autumn walks

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The Palladian bridge surrounded by trees in autumn colour at Stourhead Gardens Wiltshire England UK
The Palladian bridge surrounded by trees in autumn colour at Stourhead Gardens Wiltshire England UK

It's official: recent research undertaken National Trust confirms that the natural colours we see on an autumnwalk make us feel happier, healthier and calmer. And there's no doubt that getting out and about is just the tonic at a time when more than 40 per cent of the population admits to feeling down as the nights draw in.

And who doesn't love an autumn walk? Shades of green pine, flashes of jewel-red berries, the burnt orange foliage of oaks and sycamores, vibrant purple wildflowers and russet toned rushes: strolling through the British countryside is the best way to take in the beautiful colours of the changing seasons.

To help encourage more people to make the most of the autumn palette, the National Trust has unveiled a list of top walks inspired by the colours of autumn. Chosen by Trust rangers, they showcase the rainbow of colours and scenery that can be enjoyed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this September and October.

And to do our bit to make you happy, we've scoured the country to find the best places to stroll, amble or hike, with the help of the National Trust, Visit England and the Forestry Commission. So wrap up warm, grab a brolly (just in case) and make the most of Britain's glorious autumn.

And don't forget this year's Great British Walk, which takes place at National Trust properties all over the country from 8 September to 24 October. Discover orange clad hills, woodlands of golden leaves, blue evening skies and if you're lucky some red squirrels along the way.

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