Topping our list in 2018 is Hawthorn Dene, this coastal woodland reserve is spectacular for Autumn colour and a ramble to the beach.
Small but perfectly formed, High Wood is another Autumnal delight adjoining the Derwent Walk.
Visit Hesleden Dene for the turning leaves and for impressive displays of mosses, lichens and fungi.
Tree lovers should take a wander around Tudhoe Mill to enjoy mature stands of sessile oak, beech, ash, wych elm, silver birch and sycamore.
Edmondsley is a real treat at this time of year, it is quietly secluded and regular visitors will detest me for spreading the word about their secret escape.
Of course we can’t mention Autumn without thinking about Milkwellburn Wood the Trust’s largest woodland reserve and one of it’s long term restoration projects, known as ‘PAWS’ – Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site. One of the phases of this project is underway now and there will be work on site until around the end of November.
Remember to dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear and take care when accessing our reserves, details about terrain and accessibility can be found on reserves pages at https://durhamwt.com/reserves/