Home to some incredible views, Bedfordshire is full of fantastic nature reserves and woodlands to explore, and Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy it. Enjoy the changing of the seasons with a leisurely stroll or group hike through some of these locations and take in the golden colours of the trees while enjoying the outdoors this month.

Flitwick Moor

Flitwick Moor Nature Reserve is the largest wetland in Bedfordshire. With woodlands, wetlands and grassland and an array of wildlife to spot, this is highly recommended if you and your family want to get muddy!

Putnoe Woods

This ancient woodland was first mentioned in the Domesday Book and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1994. This deceptively large woodland is attached to the rear of Mowsbury Park and is ideal for walkers and for a game of hide and seek with the children.

Mowsbury Hillfort

This iron age hillfort and wildflower meadow overlooks the northern suburbs of Bedford with views over Putnoe Woods. This nature reserve is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Bedford and is perfect for a day out with the family.

Sharpenhoe Clappers

Sharpenhoe Clappers is part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is managed by the National Trust. With so many routes and paths to explore, it is a great option for a long walk with the dog. Whether you’re out with your furry friends or just taking in the sights, have a camera at the ready as the views here are incredible.

King’s Woods

This beautiful natural woodland was once part of Henry VIII’s hunting forest and can be dated back to the 15th century. A great spot for dog walking and nature watching, the woods can get quite muddy and boggy during the autumn, so wellies are a must!

Whether you are coming from a neighbouring county, the capital or you’re local and looking for a new trail to discover, the open spaces and stunning views across the county are hard to leave. Want more inspiration for walks around Bedfordshire? Click here.