As today's autumn equinox signals the return of autumn we shall soon be seeing changes to the nature around us as summer departs. As the temperature drops and the nights get shorter, soon too we will be seeing the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees.

While hot summer walks are great, nothing truly does compare to a woodland walk surrounded by golden brown colours and crispy leaves (until it rains at least). We’ve put together some of the best woodland walks you can do in Cumbria to get your first glimpse of Autumn.

Fellside wood

Fellside wood is situated near the village of Old Hutton and is owned and maintained by the woodland trust.

It covers 5.46 hectares and is spectacular views of the Lake District fells.

Dodd wood

Dodd wood in Keswick is a great place for a long woodland walk. It has 4 walking trails, a café and toilets.

In the north of the Lake District, viewpoints will allow you to see the Bassenthwaite ospreys between April and September.

It is also possible to see red squirrels throughout the year.

Miltonrigg wood

Miltonrigg woods in Brampton is surrounded by oak and birch trees and over 200 types of woodland plants.

There are over 4km of footpaths, so you won’t be short of walks and adventures in these woods. There is also a car park available if you don’t live nearby.

And be sure to keep your eyes out for birds such as the wood warbler and willow tit, as well as toads, newts and dragonflies that all habitat these woods.

Kingmoor nature reserve

Kingmoor nature reserve in Carlisle is on the site of a former racing ground. It is now a tranquil woodland area with two car parks, making it easily accessible for those coming from afar.

With many popular trails to follow, you won’t be short of an autumnal woodland walk!