I truly love this time of the year. The sun shines through the trees, the air becomes a little cold and crisp, the evenings draw in and the walks become a lot more colourful. Dickies workwear recently asked us to share our top Autumn walks in Staffordshire and Cheshire. In all honesty, I didn’t need an excuse to wrap up and get outside and share our favourite Autumn walks.
There is no doubt in my mind that Autumn is my favourite season. There is something truly beautiful about those reds, golden-yellows and browns that Autumn brings. I love wrapping up, getting outside and watching the kids jump through the leaves, hunt for conkers, twigs and anything that they can find to stuff in their pockets to take home.
Summer is always so busy as most weekends see us off on an adventure in Otis the camper, so Autumn is a chance to slow down a little, and enjoy some slow-paced weekends at home with a Sunday walk or cycle…followed by Sunday lunch in a country pub.
So as the saying goes –
“there is no such thing as bad weather, just a bad choice of clothing”
Dickies have a great choice of outerwear for men and women that is suitable for the unpredictable UK climate.
For our Autumn walk this weekend I headed out in in the oversized Dickies Portland Shirt – a padded checked unisex shirt that is great for layering and works really well for Autumn…it will be great for camping too. The Dickies Womens Corbett Safety Boots are protective boots that are stylish, slip resistant, water-resistant and extremely comfortable.
Our top Autumn walks in Staffordshire and Cheshire
Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire
We love to visit Trentham Estate regularly and have a stroll around the lake. We have an annual pass that we purchased through the Tesco voucher scheme. We regularly meet friends here too as it is lovely to wander around the lake and grab a cuppa while the kids play in the adventure playground. The girls love to spot the fairies dotted around the estate and the barefoot trail always goes down a treat…as does the hot chocolate!
Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire
Rudyard Lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands covers some 168 acres and is over 2.5 miles long. You can choose from a stroll along the shore or a walk around the lake and there is an array of things to do including walks, a boat trip and experiencing the Rudyard Steam Railway.
Stepping stones, Dovedale, Peak District
Ilam Park to the Stepping Stones in Dovedale is a popular 1.5 mile walk that ends at the wonderful Dovedale stepping stones. We just love it here and in all honesty we don’t visit enough. The kids love to hop across the stones, and we love a Sunday stroll, absorbing the scenery, colours and smells, and enjoying that fresh air.
Delamere Forest, Cheshire
Delamere Forest is Cheshire’s largest area of woodland and a place we have visited for years. We lived in in Chester for quite some time and regularly used to visit Delamere. It is a wonderful area to visit, escape the crowds, explore and find some peace and tranquility. There are plenty of walking trails and cycling trails for all abilities.
Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire
The Wolseley Centre is Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ and is a hidden gem. It is completely free to visit and is a lovely place to take a stroll, enjoy the sensory garden, wildlife life garden and explore the 26 acres of beautiful grounds. It is a great place to head out for a family walk, although we didn’t get very far… our kids preferred the splash bridge – wellies or no wellies!
Last year we enjoyed a great family cycle along Churnet Valley, but you can also explore Churnet Valley on foot. With woodland paths, stiles, gates, and grazing livestock, there is a walk for everyone including even the littlest of legs. You can plan your route and download a walk beforehand if you pop over to Churnet Valley online.
Many Sundays we don’t venture far from our home and just head to the local park or woodland areas near to where we live. I love to have a little time away from screens and technology, and a family walk gives us the opportunity to chat free from distractions. The children love time outdoors. They often turn an Autumn walk into an assault course, and we encourage the children to collect pine cones, conkers, acorns and twigs and we try to spend time once we have got home making collages and pictures. Den building is another great way of getting the children outside to enjoy a family walk. Wherever you choose to go, there are some wonderful Autumn walks in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Heading out for an Autumn walk? Pop over to Dickies Blog to read their recent post on What to Wear Walking in the UK this Autumn
**This post has been written in collaboration with Dickies Workwear**