National Trust Autumn Walking Festival

Families exploring the great British outdoors. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Families exploring the great British outdoors. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

GET your walking boots on for autumn and discover the great outdoors.

Stroll through the falling leaves as part of the National Trust’s (NT) Great British Walk Festival, taking place from September through to November 3.

The two-month walking festival invites everyone from families to seasoned ramblers to enjoy hundreds of specially-selected walks, all revealing secret spots and special stories that can be discovered only on foot. There will also be Halloween trails.

In Sussex alone, more than 2,000 hectares of NT land is always open to the public, and more than a quarter of this is within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), providing every opportunity to discover Sussex’s best views, secret spots and special stories.

The festival has brought together a vast and varied selection of self-led trails and guided walks, from those chosen by the public, alongside handpicked walks from National Trust experts, and personal favourites selected by Trust wardens and rangers.

The majority of self-led trails are available as downloads, making it easy to plan walks with the dog, the family, and friends.

Alex Tarling, digital consultant for the National Trust in London and the south east, said: “We’d love everyone to get involved in this year’s Great British Walk, and to share their pictures of their favourite walks on twitter, instagram and facebook, using #GBwalk.”

You can easily plan your walk by downloading maps and suggestions, or submitting your favourite by visiting

See this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer for ideas and suggestions on walking routes (Thursday, September 19)