When the landscapes of Britain are starting to change colour, golden leaves spatter the ground and there’s an official whiff of autumn in the air, there’s nothing quite like heading outdoors to experience this magical time of year.

We’ve put together a guide to some of the best places for an autumnal walk in and around Bristol…

Autumn at Westonbirt

Image - autumn colour at Westonbirt The National Arboretum

Blaise Castle House Museum & Estate 

Set in 650 acres of parkland, with a ginormous children’s play area, museum and 19th century manor house, the Blaise Castle Estate is perfect for families. Stroll up to the folly castle before sauntering back down to a babbling stream and leaf-strewn woodland floor, past tree-heavy views of Bristol. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for signs of the Bristol Giants

Blaise castle

Image - Blaise Castle Estate

The Downs

A vast green area of Bristol, whose edges are tinged with magnificent houses, Avon Gorge views and trees. From the ‘Sea Walls’ end, gaze left over the autumnal hues of forested cliffsides towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge or right towards the Severn Estuary. Go bonkers for conkers on Saville Road or kick leaves to your heart’s content on Clifton Down’s beech tree-lined avenue.

Clifton Paul Box

Image - Clifton, Bristol credit Paul Box

Leigh Woods

Hop over Clifton Suspension Bridge and go adventuring in Leigh Woods. There’s a new woodland play trail for kiddos as well as exciting events that take place amongst the trees – be amazed by aerial acrobatics, storytelling and live music with Whispering Woods’, ‘The Boy Who Grew Wings’ (8 Sept), or don your brightest attire for the Neon Night trail (30 Sept). The views over the Avon Gorge from this side ain’t half bad either.

Ashton Court Estate

Walk, run, cycle or ride, however you chose to get around Ashton Court Estate, there’s picture-perfect autumnal scenes a-plenty to bowl you over. Red deer wander the grounds, wide open spaces gaze back over the city’s pretty rows of houses and famous Cabot Tower, while woodland paths duck into gleaming orange and russet-coloured foliage criss-crossed by mountain bike trails. A real draw is the large number of unusual tree species on the estate, including a 700-year-old Domesday Oak and Ginkgo, which changes to a vibrant yellow in autumn.

Paul Box Ashton Court Estate

Image - Ashton Court Estate, credit Paul Box

Bristol's parks and gardens

Bristol is home to over 400 parks and gardens, so there’s plenty of places to go for a satisfying leaf-crunching stroll. Amble along the Harbourside on a magical misty morning to the conker-laden trees of Queen Square or rustle up Brandon Hill’s pathways to the top of Cabot Tower to witness the city’s autumnal makeover all the way out to the Mendip Hills. Catch falling leaves in Clifton’s pretty Victoria Square or scuff up the auburn undergrowth in Snuff Mills and Oldbury Court Estate. St George’s Park with a lake at its heart, is particularly lovely come autumn when the park’s hundreds of trees are ablaze with the season’s shades - another good one for eager conker hunters.

St Georges Park

Image - St George's Park Bristol, credit Paul Box

Arnos Vale Cemetery

A hefty 45 acres of Bristol’s landscape, full of fascinating nature trails, this Victorian garden cemetery has been described as ‘one of Bristol’s best kept secrets’. In autumn, historic monuments and memorials are backlit by trees of luminous yellows and oranges and seasonal events such as the Wild Owl Prowl and Bat Walks treat visitors to thrilling 'after hours' experiences of this ethereal place.

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery, credit Paul Box

Trooper’s Hill

Years of quarrying have shaped Trooper’s Hill, now a local nature reserve thriving with heather and broom, wild plants and animals. Climb up to the listed chimney for panoramic views across Bristol and the River Avon as autumn creeps into the city.

Troopers Hill

Image - Trooper's Hill, credit Paul Box

Westonbirt The National Arboretum

A frequent star on ‘Best autumn walks in the UK’ shortlists, Westonbirt conjures breath-takingly photogenic autumnal scenes at every twist and turn. From the glowing red Japanese Maples, to the blazing yellows of the Black Walnuts, it’s a stunning autumnal spectacle, especially on a blue sky day.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Image - Westonbirt The National Arboretum

Tyntesfield

Explore autumn’s colourful glory at Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Mansion surrounded by 540 acres of woodland, gardens, meadows and parkland. Discover ancient Champion trees on a guided walk, and marvel at the ready-to-harvest kitchen garden. Come half term, there’s heaps of spooky entertainment – kids will love the Halloween trail, lantern making workshops, pumpkin carving (21-29 October) and Spooky Woods Adventure (24 & 26 Oct).

Tyntesfield chris watts

Image - Tyntesfield, credit Chris Watts

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Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate

Unique mansion that houses some stunning period costumes and everyday Victorian objects, including model trains, dolls and toys

The Downs
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The Downs

Consisting of Clifton Down and Durdham Down, this is a huge area of protected parkland on the edge of the city

Ashton Court Estate
Garden
Ashton Court Estate

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Queen Square
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Queen Square - Copyright Destination Bristol

A magnificent Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Garden
Cabot Tower Bristol

A century-old 105ft tower, set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End.

Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills
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Walking along the river Frome

Enjoy a great family day out with woodland and riverside walks, an arboretum and large children's playground.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Cemetery/Mausoleum
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Step into a secret world and discover 45 green acres where the history of Bristol is told in a leafy and tranquil setting.

Wild Owl Prowl Saturday at Arnos Vale Cemetery
Participatory Event
Wellness Weekend Fair at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Take a night time walk in the Cemetery learn fascinating facts about native owls with Wild Owl expert Ian McGuire, while you scour the skyline, listen for owl calls and practice your own “Twit-twooo’s.

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Troopers Hill Nature Reserve Bristol

An award-winning local nature reserve and former mine in east Bristol that overlooks the River Avon

Westonbirt The National Arboretum
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum

Arboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll Cotswold acres

Champion Tree Walk @ Tyntesfield
Participatory Event
Champion Tree Walk @ Tyntesfield