With almost every activity off limits, it seems the only thing we’re actually allowed to do in Lockdown 2.0, is go for a walk! Thankfully though, there’s no better time to take a woodland stroll than in the months of Autumn.
Here’s 5 local woodlands to explore this month that won’t be filled to the brim with crowds…
Great Hayes Woods, Putteridge
Highlights: Best for kids, perfect for spotting fairy doors and an overall easy and flat walk. See my latest visit here.
How to find: Pedestrian entrance opposite Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Hitchin Road, LU2 8DL.
Kidney Woods, South Luton
Highlights: Easy to follow circular route so you’ll have no chance of getting lost! I recommend extending this walk by parking in Stockwood Park and having a wander around there too.
How to find: Pedestrian entrance at the top of London Road, opposite Stockwood Park.
Moleskin & Markham Hill Woods
Highlights: Best for older children/adults, who enjoy a longer walk and don’t mind a few small hills.
How to find: From Sundon Hills Country Park, follow the John Bunyan way markers (directions here)
Half Moon Lane Woods, Pepperstock
Highlights: One of the simplest trails to follow leading all the way to Markyate if you’re up for a longer walk. Worth popping into Harpers Food nearby, if you fancy a hot drink.
How to find: Pedestrian access at the bottom of Half-Moon Lane, next to Fireworks Shop, LU1 4LL.
Highlights: Easiest to get to by public transport and named as a woodlands of Autumn colour, by The Woodlands Trust.
How to find: Pedestrian entrance in Lygetun Drive, Bramingham, LU3 3QD (several others available, click here for more).
I hope this has given you a few ideas of where to take a walk locally this lockdown, without the worry of overcrowding. All of these woodlands I have visited this year and are always pretty quiet compared to some of the more well-known sites around Bedfordshire and beyond.
It’s also worth mentioning, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my walking abilities this season. I mean besides the fact that I’ve definitely been eating far too much this month, the longer walks are definitely becoming more difficult in the colder weather. Please bare this in mind before your walk and don’t forget some good walking shoes as it’s so, so muddy out there.
If you have any recommended places for walking this month, please leave me a comment below and I’ll definitely check them out. In the meantime, you can keep up with my outings over on my Instagram.