In Salisbury

The Woodford Valley

As the summer draws to an end, autumn takes over with its rich colours. It’s a great time to embark on some of the local area’s walking routes and to crunch amongst the fallen leaves. Here are some of our highlights on where to head for those autumn colours in the Salisbury area…

Bourne Hill Gardens

Sitting alongside the Wiltshire Council offices (and VisitWiltshire HQ) are the beautiful Bourne Hill Gardens. Look out for fallen conkers and an array of colourful leaves and discover the hidden folly within the grounds. Tucked alongside Bourne Hill Gardens is the ‘secret garden’ which has recently been taken on by volunteers. It features a small pond and some benches where you can relax.

Old Sarum and the Woodford Valley

Follow the outer bailey of Old Sarum around and you will come across some grand trees with gnarly roots. Plus from up here you can expect some fantastic views across to the city. Get those walking boots on and extend your walk further into the Woodford Valley. You could walk to the nearby Devenish nature reserve (owned by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust) for example. Head up the steps for some spectacular vistas across the valley showing you an array of colours in the canopy of trees. 

Grovely Woods, Wilton

These extensive woods form part of the Wilton Estate (owned by nearby Wilton House). Popular with walkers and cyclists, the long avenues of paths criss-cross this landscape and offer some great opportunities for family adventures. 


Okay so Stourhead isn’t within the immediate Salisbury area however it is an easy day out from our city and so worth it in the autumn months! The large gardens here are one of the jewels in the National Trusts crown and it’s no wonder why. Golds, reds, browns and fading greens adorn the trees. Look out for autumn walks run by the National Trust and don’t forget your camera! 

Vale of Wardour

Old Wardour Castle and the Vale of Wardour

The area around Old Wardour Castle forms part of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and as its designation suggests, this is a beautiful part of the county. Think rolling hills, thatched houses and cute cottages. The colours here are pretty magical and an autumn walk is a must! 

Do you have any favourites that we haven’t mentioned? Share your best places by commenting below. And don’t forget to share your pictures of the area with us using #VisitSalisbury on social media. 




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