Written by: Elmtree Press

With October looming and the leaves on the trees turning gold there is an autumnal feel in the air.  What better way than to enjoy a walk through some of our stunning scenery giving a sense of well-being and satisfaction of a day spent outdoors. 

The Annual Richmond Walking & Book Festival, now in its 15th year, starts tomorrow which is a week later than usual because of the World Cycling Championships taking place.  The festival is centred around the picturesque and lively town of Richmond and makes a great break with plenty of good restaurants (see below) a theatre and two cinemas offering the latest films.  You can combine day time walks led by knowledgeable guides ranging from short walks to longer ones taking in the breath taking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.  In the evening there are different talks by popular and emerging authors about their writing.   For more information see

Ilkley Literature Festival- The North's liveliest and most prestigious literature Festival runs from October 4th until 20th October.   With over 180 events over seventeen days / Authors' events, Discussions, Readings, Performances, Workshops, Reader's Events, Literary Walks, Poetry, Festival Fringe, Children's and Young People's Weekend. Headline names include David Suchet, Prue Leith, Alastair Campbell, and Gyles Brandreth. 

Fountains Abbey is always a firm favourite for an autumn walk.  If the ground is wet you can keep to the paths and if dry you can walk down the valley of the seven bridges or wander amongst the abbey ruins.  Topped off with a hot chocolate at one of their cafes, what could be better and was a firm favourite when my sons were growing up.  

You can also join a guided walk to see and hear the sights and sounds of the 'rut' as the stags and bucks compete for the does and hinds.  In September you can spot Red stags festooning their antlers with greenery and listen as they begin to roar.  At the beginning of October, see and hear more of the sights and sounds of the 'rut'. Some may already be starting to lock antlers.  At the end of October and beginning of November, all of the species of deer will be 'rutting.'

Autumn is the time when the Yorkshire Arboretum is at its best and bursting with fiery reds and oranges and a superb array of berries providing additional interest.  A stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds is the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows, let the children go wild in the woodland playground and enjoy the very best in seasonal, home-cooked food in the café Now is the time to visit, especially if you have not discovered this spectacular.

 The North York Moors National Park is home to the nation's favourite national trail, the Cleveland Way. The 109 mile long route is 50 years old this year and meanders through dramatic coastline and heather moorland, whilst offering stunning views of castles, ancient stone crosses and fishing villages tucked into tiny coves, it really does have it all!  Why not leave the car at home or park the car and enjoy a linear walk using public transport at the start of finish of your journey.  Alternatively enjoy a long weekend completing a section of the path.  

Arriva's regular X93 service runs from Middlesbrough to Scarborough via Guisborough, Whitby and many villages including Robin Hood's Bay. The X4 serves villages along the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way north of Whitby including Sandsend, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Saltburn by the Sea through to Middlesbrough.

Coastliner and Transdev York - Including the 840 Coastliner service, voted Britain's most scenic bus route in 2018! Pick up their various daily services from Leeds, Tadcaster, York, Easingwold and Malton, serving Helmsley and Whitby along the National Trail. 

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, covering 100 acres is ablaze with colour at this time of the year and boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, including 5 National Collections. Enjoy an autumn walk with Faith, their curator on October 9th at 2 pm to learn more about this stunning collection.  For those who have ever wondered if wild mushrooms are safe to eat enjoy a Fungus Foray on – 29th September, 13th October, 27th October and 10th November – 1 pm Join expert Dr Keith Thomas for an interesting look at the world of fungi in the Arboretum. Bring a bag or a basket to collect fungus in and discover what is edible and what is NOT! Free of Charge (standard entry charges apply).