Although woodlands may seem the best choice when choosing an autumnal walk, fens also offer plenty of interest. At Wicken Fen, one of the National Trust’s oldest nature reserves, the russet-coloured sedge provides the perfect backdrop for an autumn walk.
The reserve is a haven for birds, and from September onwards, you may spot short-eared owls, hen-harriers, redwings and fieldfares. You may also come across Highland cattle or Konik ponies on your route, as both are being used in conservation grazing schemes to help create new habitats for an array of wildlife.
Wicken Fen has several routes for you to try, and its newest, the Octavia Hill Trail, takes in the most recently acquired fen, Burwell.