The best Autumn walks near London
Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate just yet! Autumn is arguably the best season to get out for a walk, as the trees put on a fabulous display of colour and the temperature drops enough to cosy up in a pub afterwards. Hop in a Zipcar from London and head to these parks and gardens for the best Autumn walks near London.
Richmond Park is special at any time of year, but Autumn takes the crown. Whether you visit to witness the magical misty mornings, the drama of the deer rut, or the cacophony of colour as the leaves change, nature is all around you at Richmond Park.
Distance from London by car: 8.9 miles
Boasting around 14,000 trees spread throughout the stunning gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew puts on a spectacular autumn display. It’s the perfect place for a walk on crisp autumn days, as you can warm chilly fingers and toes as you explore the enormous glass houses – home to tropical and desert plants in abundance. Make sure to pre-book your timeslot online!
Distance from London by car: 8.1 miles
This oasis of green (well, orange at this time of year!) is well worth a visit in Autumn due to its incredible Japanese garden. The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park has certainly earned its name, featuring a tranquil pond and cascading waterfall and a vibrant array of Japanese maple trees, which look especially stunning as their leaves turn a fiery red at this time of year.
Distance from London by car: 3.4 miles
Often overlooked in favour of the more famous parks in London, Battersea Park is just as varied and interesting. Ornamental lakes, tree lined avenues, over 4,000 trees, formal gardens, sweeping lawns and the promenade flanking the south bank of the Thames give visitors plenty to explore. Don’t miss the Maple Leaf Walk if you’re looking to bring some autumn colours to your Insta feed!
Distance from London by car: 2.9 miles
Morden Hall Park
Make the most of the autumn sunshine as you wander through the avenues, crunchy leaves underfoot in Morden Hall Park. The River Wandle winds through the grounds, where the mists sometimes hang early in the morning, creating a mystical atmosphere for visitors.
Distance from London by car: 9.5 miles
Boasting four walking trails, three running routes, a cycle trail, horse riding and even Nordic Walking, Wendover Woods is the perfect place for those looking for a more extreme Autumn walk! Admire the trees changing colour on foot or in the saddle, and treat yourself in the café afterwards.
Distance from London by car: 41 miles
Tree huggers will be in paradise as Winkworth Arboretum, which dazzles with vibrant hues of orange, red, yellow and green throughout Autumn. Keep a keen eye out for brightly coloured berries and rare and unusual fungi amongst the fallen leaves.
Distance from London by car: 40 miles
Wherever you’re going, get there with Zipcar
For spontaneous trips, choose Zipcar Flex, which lets you pick up and drop off anywhere in the Zipzone. If you’re planning ahead, Zipcar Roundtrip lets you pick up from a designated bay and return it again once you’re done.