Get outdoors for nature’s autumn treat 

Who doesn't love seeing the leaves change colour?

Getting outdoors as the days turn a bit colder is a fabulous free way to get some fresh air and enjoy this colourful time of year. Young children love collecting fallen leaves, the brighter the better, and getting outside as a family is a great way to bond.

Spend family time spent crunching through woodland and discovering colourful fungi (no picking please!) poking through the leaf cover. Here are some ideas for walks with colour:

Surrey has many high spots to enjoy, where you'll find some great colourful views across open countryside. Crooksbury Hill, just outside Farnham, has a signed Spider trail from the car park. It's definitely a climb up but you're rewarded with peace, tranquillity and a sense of achievement at the summit. Take a picnic and get the kids working out on the climb up!

Or pay a visit to Chinthurst Hill, outside Wonersh, that has a large car park with a natural play area and picnic benches at the base of the hill. Another climb up the signed Bluebell or Tower trails will take you up through woodland to the open space at the top with lovely views all around.

In east Surrey, you'll find Staffhurst Wood, near Oxted, with no climbs and the newly-signed and surfaced one mile accessible Newt trail. Staffhurst is a little bit off the beaten track but a great place to discover in peaceful woodland. As you wander along, be sure to look upwards at colourful leaves still left on the branches.

There are plenty of choices for an autumn walk in peaceful woodland dotted around Surrey. Pack a picnic, get your walking shoes or boots on and enjoy some quality family time together. Please always follow the Countryside Code.

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