September has arrived which means that cold weather, brown leaves and warm jacket season is just around the corner. While the colder weather can make it tempting to cosy up inside with a coffee, the end of summer doesn’t mean that you should stop spending time outdoors. Autumn brings with it a fantastic array of wildlife for you to explore and the best way to do so is by embarking on an autumn hike.

Autumn hikes are the perfect activity for anyone who wants to enjoy nature this season. All you need is a thick winter coat, some sturdy hiking shoes and some good company! If you are in need of a little autumn hike inspiration, this article will guide you through the very best autumn hike spots in the UK.

Brownsea Island, Dorset

Brownsea Island is located just a short distance from the Dorset coast and is a fantastic location to see UK wildlife this autumn. This hiking route will take you through wondrous woodlands filled with squirrels, robins and many other fantastic creatures. If you go during Autumn, the whole forest floor will be covered in beautiful red leaves- a great backdrop for any hiking pic!

The hike will also take you to various coastal viewpoints which show off the most stunning parts of the island and make great pit stops for snacks and drinks as you go. If you do find yourself hiking on Brownsea Island, make sure to visit the Lilly pond, where the resident squirrels are their most active.

Tintagel

Another coastal location that makes for the perfect autumn hike is Cornwall’s Tintagel route. The hike will take you through a number of Cornwalls areas of outstanding beauty. You will start in the small town of Tintagel and you will make your way through the supposed birthplace of King Arthur. You will follow coastal paths through Merlin’s Cove and Barras Nose.

You will be delighted by the sights of turquoise waters and rugged rock formations that look like something out of a movie. When you have finished your hike, you could take the opportunity to explore more of Cornwall. The area is highly popular with holidaymakers who flock to this part of the UK during Autumn to experience all the turkey and tinsel that England has to offer.

Isle of Skye

If there is one place that all hikers have to experience at least once in their lifetime, it is the Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye is located off the coast of Scotland and features a variety of fantastic hiking routes for every hiker to enjoy. Experienced hikers may enjoy the challenge of the Quiraing route- a hike that will take you through rugged terrain and unpredictable conditions.

If you’re just starting out, the Isle of Skye has plenty of easier route options that will provide you with exquisite views and an experience that you will never forget! The Ile of Skye is beautiful in the autumn as the rock formations are coated in layers of mist, which makes the whole place feel mystical. You will find yourself feeling like the main character in an adventure story here at the Isle of Skye.

Brecon

Also known as the Brecon Beacons, this is a magical hiking location that is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. It's located in Wales and tourists can set up camp across the region at various campsites or in a local BnB. The village of Libanus is located right near many of the best hiking routes and is an excellent place to stay, park the car or grab some refreshments prior to your hike.

The Brecon Beacon hike will have you conquering two of the highest peaks in North Wales and offers stunning scenery throughout the entire journey. If you luck out and hike on a clear day, you will be able to see for miles as you ascend the peaks and walk through the beautiful terrain. Autumn is a great time to hike through Brecon as the temperature will be warm enough to stop you from freezing but won't be so hot that you are defeated by the climb. Just make sure to take a few extra layers in your hiking bag as the weather can get cold at the summit of the peaks.

If you’re up for a challenge this autumn, the UK has a number of fantastic hiking routes to explore. While it is certainly possible to find the odd sunny day during autumn, it is important to be prepared and bring cold weather gear to your hike. Hiking in the UK is a great way to explore the outdoors and find hidden beauty spots. Find our other informative guides on hiking here.