This autumn, in partnership with PruHealth, the National Trust is launching the Great British Walk - a celebration of the beautiful British countryside in the autumn season.
There will be more than 3,000 walking events, activities and trails to discover at National Trust places through to the end of half term.
The Trust is also launching a nationwide search to find the country’s ten Greatest British Walks. Walkers from around the country are being encouraged to upload information about their favourite walk to the Great British Walk website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk. By submitting details of their favourite walk, they will get the chance to win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage and have their walk scrutinised by a panel of judges as they decide the ten best walks.
“Walking means different things to different people,” said Beccy Speight, National Trust, Director for the Midlands. “For me, walking is about experiencing great landscapes by becoming part of them, about finding the space to think; for others it’s about exploring our great outdoor spaces, getting fit, sharing precious time with family and friends or escaping the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.
“We have some spectacular outdoor spaces here in Nottinghamshire; what better time to enjoy them than the season of crunching leaves, magnificent colours and steaming bowls of hearty soup.”
Here in Nottinghamshire the Trust cares for over 20 miles of walkways. National Trust places across the county will be hosting a series of special walks to mark this year’s festival, from health walks to wildlife rambles and fungi forays to ladies evening walks and pushabouts for young families. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsautumn to find details of all events and to download free guides to some of the East Midlands most spectacular walks.
And, if the wet weather continues/returns, why not take a stroll around some of the county’s extraordinary indoor spaces: learn the stories of the 19th century paupers that lived in The Workhouse at Southwell, be amazed at some of the many things squirreled away by the Straw family at Mr Straw’s House, or for younger visitors, try The Burrow, Clumber Park’s new play and activity centre for 0 – 6 year olds.