4 October 2016

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

Autumn is definitely a time of colour. Head out of the city, into the north east’s natural beauty and discover the colourful countryside that is all around. Simply stop and take in the glorious views. 

On a sunny autumn day, it’s a sight to see and a sight that's hard to beat. 

Hamsterley Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, is a delightful 2,000-hectare oasis, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley in County Durham. It’s a lovely place to visit in autumn, as we found when we were met with beautiful colour from the moment we arrived.

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

"All the leaves are brown, but the sky wasn't grey...
We went for a walk ... in Durham one autumn day"







One of my favourite places in the northeast to witness a wonderful autumn is Hamsterley Forest in County Durham, which takes on a rich russet glow during autumn.




All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest


All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

Autumn, normally associated with dropping temperatures and the nights drawing in as winter approaches, is most easily noticed by the colour change in leaves. And that is why for me it is one of the best times of the year. My favourite season. With golden tree-lined trails creating a carpet of crispy leaves - perfect for little (and big) feet to rustle in. Not to mention cosy warm layers to wear, even though there is still a bit of warmth in the sun; and the perfect excuse to fill a flask with hot chocolate or coffee to keep you warm.

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

 On the way into the forest, we even chanced upon a deer crossing the road - beautiful. (But sadly not quick enough to get the camera out).

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest is one of Durham's most popular visitor destinations. There are 33 miles of way marked walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in striking surroundings in this beautiful location in the Durham Dales. We explored on foot and enjoyed the four-mile amazing forest drive*.

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

Every year more than 200,000 people visit Hamsterley Forest. Last autumn we visited twice. It was that good. Once with, and once without the boys. Once we'd been, we knew the boys would love it and on the next sunny day, we made sure we took them and their cameras with us too.

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest
Hamsterley Forest through the eyes of an eight-year-old...
All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest
Hamsterley Forest through the eyes of a six-year-old ...
All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

Although there are amazing views throughout the best bit for me is around Blackling Hole. The surrounding woodland, stream and waterfall are great for a bit of family friendly exploring. 

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest

As well as taking their own photographs they especially enjoyed the Gruffalo trail in the deep. dark wood, playing football on the grassy area near the visitor centre and the adventure playground.

All the Leaves are Brown in Hamsterley Forest


According to the Met. office, the most vibrant displays of autumn leaves are evident when a dry summer is followed by an autumn with dry, sunny days and cold, but not freezing, nights. Fingers crossed then!


Where is your favourite autumnal family walk?


Deb x

1 comment:

  1. WOW! That gorgeous photos - defintely looks like the perfect place to enjoy the autumnal colours of October. Have you been back since? You must go again this year if you haven't already! Love the shots with long exposure too - the water looks so beautiful. #OurYesterYear

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