As the UK city with the highest percentage of green spaces with a heady 49%, Edinburgh is the perfect place for an autumn walk. In the US, ‘walks in the ‘Fall’ are termed ‘leaf peeping’, but we believe there is nowhere better to spot some gorgeous autumn colour than in our stunning, Scottish city.
Hermitage of Braid
A Victorian glen with its own ice house, mansion and river, the Hermitage is packed full of big trees and splashes of colour. It’s a great place for a meander and is popular with dog walkers and local families. For the more energetic, a quick stride up Blackford Hill will give the most stunning views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
Another hilly walk with great views is Corstorphine Hill. As Edinburgh’s largest woodland area, the hill is home to plenty of autumn colour. With its distinctive tower built as a memorial to the author Sir Walter Scott, some interesting geology and its proximity to Edinburgh Zoo, a walk on Corstorphine Hill is full of discoveries.
Although part of the 12 mile Water of Leith Walkway, Colinton Dell has a special character of its own. Set within a densely wooded area, the path was created from a former railway line built to serve the local paper and woollen mills, with some original buildings still remaining. However, the Dell is now a haven for wildlife and there is a lovely walk or cycle, through the trees and old railway tunnel, beside the water.
Further afield, ‘leaf peepers’ will find the hills and glens of the Pentland Hills which tower over the city, to be a great place for autumn and fall views. The hike up Allermuir Hill gives one of the best views of Edinburgh and its green spaces, while a stroll from Flotterstone has a bit of everything: the trees of Turnpike Hill, a river for Pooh Sticks, wildlife and either coffee in the great little Pentland Hills Café Express, or lunch at the popular Flotterstone Inn.
With all our green spaces, the centre of Edinburgh itself has plenty of trees too! Visitors can enjoy: discovering the gardens of the Royal Mile; climbing our city centre mountain, Arthur’s Seat; walking through Princes Street Gardens; or peeking into the private gardens of the New Town. And for those who head up to the Esplanade by Edinburgh Castle for a view of the city, its trees and the hills beyond, the Cafe Hub is the perfect place for an autumn-warming hot chocolate, tasty lunch or even a glass of wine – a good way to celebrate our beautiful city in the autumn!
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