British Tree Week

From 3 to 9 October it’s British Tree Week, a celebration of the country’s native trees. Woodlands are great places in which to walk and unwind, offering peace and quiet, the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife and, at this time of year, a wonderful display of Autumn colour

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To celebrate British Tree Week, the Ramblers have organised A Walk in the Woods Week. They’ll be sharing with you some of their favourite woodland walks, led by experienced Ramblers walk leaders who know the terrain. It’s your chance to discover some of the UK’s best forests and woodlands including a few hidden gems. There will be walks every day this week and below is a small selection to whet your appetite.

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Before you go, to make sure you know your oaks from your ashes, have a look at this handy guide to British trees.

If you feel inspired to visit a woodland check out The Woodland Trust’s favourite walks. If walking’s not your thing, the Trust also has suggestions on other ways to enjoy woodland, including kids activities and even a den-building guide.

Woodland is a brilliant place for spotting birds, and the RSPB website has many woodland reserves to explore from Wolves Wood, one of the few remnants of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia, to Highnam Woods in the Severn Vale with a mile-long nature trail passing a variety of trees. The RSPB also has a handy bird identifier.

A WEEK OF WALKS

Here’s our roundup of walks taking place this week as part of A Walk in the Woods Week

MONDAY 3 October
A Walk in Hagg Wood, York
5 miles

TUESDAY 4 October
A walk in the woods from Great Bedwyn, Berkshire
6 miles

WEDNESDAY 5 October
Trees ancient & modern, East Staffordshire

5 miles

THURSDAY 6 October
Llanfyllin, Oswestry
5 miles

FRIDAY 7 October
Friday Five – Hockley Woods, Essex
5 miles

SATURDAY 8 October
Saturday Long Walk, Isle of Wight
15 miles

SUNDAY 9 October
Ardgowan Woods autumn special, Inverclyde
5 miles

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Many more woodland walks with the Ramblers will be taking place around the country this week and they’re free to anyone. There will be a variety of different walks throughout the country, and all are graded, from gentle 1.5 mile strolls suitable for pushchairs to 25-mile strenuous walks, with plenty in between. (There are even some for experienced and very fit walkers with technical skills such as use of ropes). You’ll be able to search out those that are suitable for young children, for example, or where dogs are allowed.