6 October 2021 in tips & suggestions
Its that crisp autumnal time of the year again. Leaves are starting to fall and that red. orange and yellow blaze of autumn colour is upon us again. And whilst Kenilworth is very definitely “Green at Heart” it does put on a fiery spectacle at this time of the year. So here’s some top tips for the best spots for an autumnal walk or the perfect pic for your #autumncolours Instagram post!
The star of Kenilworth’s autumn colour show is undoubtedly Abbey Fields. Just a few steps from the heart of town, the rolling fields shelter some 60+ species of trees making for a vast variety of colour in the autumn months. You’ll spot the spectacular brick reds of Red Oaks, bright yellows of the Norway Maple at the top of Abbey Hill, oranges of the various Cherries and even the Purples of the Claret Ash. Its a veritable painters palette and catching the morning or evening light right really sets the colours ablaze! For a lowdown of the trees in Abbey Fields, check out the Tree Guide produced by the Friends of Abbey Fields. The leaflet features a complete map so you can plan the best spots for your leafy selfies!
It might not get as much love as Abbey Fields, but autumn really brings out the magic in Kenilworth Common. We’d particularly suggest following the waymarked blue trail (uphill from the Ford) which takes you through a sunken lane ablaze with autumn colour and some incredibly vibrant leaf fall. The whole place has almost a fiery glow and its unbelievable photogenic! Its also a great time of year to look out for fungi , so keep your eyes pealed (but perhaps don’t pick any!).
Crackley Wood is a lovely walk no matter the season (and spring is especially lovely with the bluebells), but the autumn colours here are fantastic too. Its an easy and level stroll so suitable for all. In autumn you are also likely to spot specific species, keep an eye out for Stinkhorn Fungus and Fly Agaric Mushrooms as well as bird and animal life in the leaf litter and amongst the branches.
Kenilworth Castle is another place that looks great all year round (and the autumn colours really set off the walls at sunset) but for a less well known autumn adventure explore the woodland behind the Brays. Follow the public footpath west along the lane from the Brays carpark bearing left to enter the wooded copse (the path continues to Borrowell Lane). This area was once part of the Castles Earthwork defences and you’ll spot the dramatic ditch amongst the vibrant autumn colours. Top tip – The Castle & Abbey Trail takes you through this wood, so grab a copy if you are worried about getting lost!
Lastly (but by no means least) is a lesser know Kenilworth spot. Just off Glasshouse Lane, you’ll find Rocky Lane. Follow the path towards the A46 and you’ll cross into the expanse of Thickthorn Woods. This piece of ancient forest was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is still a cracking walk today! The colours of the autumn leaf fall really add a spot of magic to the woods so don’t forget your camera!
All this galivanting around in the woods is fine and dandy but by now you’re probably craving something warm. Fortunately Kenilworth has more than its share of cosy pubs (many with roaring fires) and more quality coffee shops than you can shake a stick at (perfect for that seasonal spiced latte). So take some time off and enjoy this wonderful season in Kenilworth!