Autumnal Walks and Afternoon Teas
Autumnal Walks and Afternoon Teas
Britain is famous for its beautiful countryside and walking is a popular activity for tourists and locals alike. A trek can range from a one mile stroll to a 500 mile adventure and whilst every journey is different, it’s always nice to fuel up before hand or return from a ramble and enjoy afternoon tea to warm up. That’s why we have compiled eight of our favourite National Trust walk and tea combinations:
1.) Lanhydrock Great Wood and the Avenue Walk, Cornwall
This gentle walk is a great introduction to the magical, mature and pretty parkland of the Lanhydrock estate. A fabulous estate with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths, which are at their best in autumn. Explore 900 acres of land surrounding Lanhydrock House and discover organic parkland full of traditional grassland flowers, bluebell woods, ancient trees, amazing fungi, wildlife and a magnificent beech-lined avenue. The Park Café is perfect for a pre or post-walk bite of homemade food made with local ingredients.
Take a stroll through vibrant autumn shades in the ancient woodlands surrounding Speke Hall, or take a coastal walk for beautiful views across the Mersey. Then, Home Farm Restaurant offers a delicious selection of homemade soups and hearty mains to help you refuel – keep an eye out for the famous ‘Wet Nelly’, a Liverpool speciality that’s a lot like bread and butter pudding.
Surrounded by traditional woodland and a lakeside garden, Dudmaston Hall has been a family home since the 17th century and offers lovely walks teeming with history and wildlife. Just be sure to stop off at the cosy National Trust tea room for a warming pot of tea after your walk.
Famous for its autumn colours, Stourhead is home to Britain’s largest collection of Japanese Maples. As the leaves fall from the trees, the views in this picturesque garden are spectacular. Walkers can enjoy a break at the visitor café which serves fresh, home-cooked food and has been awarded a silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association.
Dunwich Heath is alive with colour in the autumn months. This walk will take you around the edge of Dunwich Heath. This National Trust walk offers you peace and quiet and a true sense of being at one with nature. It’s a rare home to special species such as Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark and ant-lion. After why not visit the tea-room in Coastguard Cottages for a warming drink or a bite to eat from the seasonal menu. Dunwich is also famous for its amazing range of scones, so make sure you give one a try!
This is a great walk for anyone who likes history. On this downland walk you can enjoy a splendid view of the iconic Needles. You’ll also see a 19th-century fort, Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate. Re-charge your batteries half way round with a stopover at the Old Battery’s quirky tea-room – once a WWII signal station. You can even use our binoculars to watch shipping movements out at sea.
Fountains Abbey is one of the most atmospheric places in Yorkshire. There’s a deer park, a lake, canals and acres of space to wander in and enjoy the autumn colour. For tasty homemade cakes, warming brews and hearty soups, stop off at the Abbey Tea-room on your travels around this special site. If you follow the circular route, look out for some of the 300 wild deer that live here. Please take extra care during the months of October and November when the annual mating season – deer rut – takes place. Ensure you keep your distance and have dogs on a short lead at all times.
Trek in the newly restored Mount Stewart and enjoy a surprise at every turn with plants from all corners of the world. Follow the lake to discover the ornamental trees and shrubs in their autumn coats of red and gold, reflected in the still water of the lake. Treat yourself to a gentle autumn or winter stroll around this beautiful lake and World Heritage Site-nominated gardens, which reflect the seasonal changes brilliantly with their large variety of flora and fauna. The tea-room on the shores of Strangford Lough offers award-winning bites, including home-made stews to warm you up after an autumn walk.