WORCESTERSHIRE is lucky to have some wonderful woodland walks to make the most of in the autumn.
The county’s woods become a riot of colour as the seasons change and we are lucky to have some of the most beautiful walks in Worcestershire.
A weekend walk through the trees can be the perfect way to reset for the week ahead.
Here are some of the seven best woodland walks in Worcestershire.
1. Worcester Woods Country Park
Wildwood Drive, Worcester
A popular place for families and dog walkers to visit, Worcester Woods Country Park not only boasts an easy walk through the woodland but also a cafe and a park.
Close by are two nature reserves and a giant field for those who want a longer walk.
There is also car parking and toilets on site too.
Nr Monkwood Green, Worcester, WR2 6NX
Monkwood is a semi-natural ancient woodland that is renowned for its ground flora and butterfly species.
Maintained by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, there are trails and paths through the woods and a small car park.
The wood is well known for its butterflies and you might also spot dragonflies too.
3. Blackhouse Wood
Suckley, WR6 5HF
A rich ancient semi-natural woodland, Blackhouse Wood is in the Suckley Hills in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There is a small car park at Crews Hill and while part of the reserve has a surfaced track, most of the paths are muddy and slippery underfoot when wet.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has an eight mile circular Woods and Wildlife Walk.
4. Chaddesley Woods National Nature Reserve
Bromsgrove, DY10 4NX
There are extensive routes and trails throught the second largest woodland area in Worcestershire.
Dating back to at least the 13th century, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust maintains the site.
It is thought that parts of the site have been wooded since the Ice Age 6-10,000 years ago.
5. Wyre Forest
Callow Hill, Kidderminster
With a chance to spot the Gruffalo, it comes as no surprise that Wyre Forest is hit with families.
But it is not just for children, you can hire a bike, enjoy the Go Ape course or get your dog washed on-site.
There is also a chance to explore the arboretum to find the unusual Whitty Pear and an on-site cafe to refuel.
6. Pepper Wood
Dordale Road, Bromsgrove, B61 9JX
Walkers through Pepper Wood can enjoy an ancient woodland which Woodland Trust bought in the early 1980s.
It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and people can explore a good network of rides and waymarked trails.
7. Tiddesley Wood
Besford Bridge road, Pershore
Once upon a time this was an enclosed deer park and previously owned by the Abbots of Pershore Abbey
Families can now enjoy the 80 hectare semi-natural ancient woodland which has an orchard at the main entrance to the woodland by the car park.