Walks And Walking – Westonbirt Arboretum Walks
As soon as summer leaves and the autumn leaves start to arrive there is one place to visit that everyone starts to talk about; Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Nothing, it would seem, could be better than an autumn walk in Westonbirt, which houses some of the UK’s largest, tallest and oldest trees and shrubs and with over 16,000 to chose from there is quite literally something for everyone…. if you like trees of course!
Westonbirt Arboretum Walks include Westonbirt for families, Self-guide trails and activities, Natural play trail and Wildlife and birds. For autumn the walking routes include Activity walks, Woodland shapes, Leaf activity walk and the Seed explorer where you search for a rainbow of seeds, leave a trail of seeds for a vole to follow and discover which animals have been busy eating cones.
The gardens at Westonbirt have season long appeal with their intense colours and in the autumn it is particularly stunning with acer, beech and Japanese maple trees providing the most dramatic displays. For a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable walk then go to the Maple Glades and the Link and Maple Loop in Silk Wood to enjoy the colour or anywhere around the Old Arboretum is also to be recommended.
Regular visitors can see each species come into its own and as one fades another flourishes and none more so than the katsura tree that emits a delightful scent as its foliage turns a buttery yellow. You can download the Westonbirt Arboretum self-led activity sheets or visit the bird viewing shelter to see some of their wildlife in the arboretum from their website here.