autumn.
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This newsletter celebrates an activity that won't cost you a penny (aside from travel costs). We're talking lovely autumn walks.

Be creative and get the kids to collect leaves and twigs to recreate their very own Green Man face at home. You'll need to show them pictures – the ancient symbol of nature has been recognised and revered by many civilisations and religions for over 2000 years – then see what they can come up with!

 

Hammersmith to Barnes

"One of the nicest walks in London. Great for bikes and scooters," says a mum of 2. Read this article from Claire L – it goes into the route in detail, listing fun distractions on the way. 

Richmond Park

Rent bikes, walk along the river and have tea at the lovely Petersham Nurseries, tips this parent. Or, take your own bikes on the Orange Overground train during off-peak hours, which includes weekends.

Chilterns

Walk or cycle along flat family-friendly routes in this gorgeous Area of Outstanding Beauty, not far from north west London. The beech woods always look so colourful during this season. Tomorrow sees the start of a walking festival, check this out! If you join and like one – recommend it on the app.

Parkland Walk

A dad says that his family returns each spring to cycle past the graffiti, old bridges and tunnels of this disused railway line. We reckon where there are trees, there are now crunchy, golden carpets: get there before winter does.

Black Park

Just off the M25, a National Trust spot where you can stretch your legs around a lake, watch the ducks, then sip coffee as the kids let off steam in the large, wooden playground. Recommended by a mum of 2.

Blean Woods

Kent's largest national nature reserve has colour-coded routes for all abilities, the longest being a 25-mile circular walk. This dad's two kids love rambling through the changing seasons. Note, parking is limited. 

Dunstable Downs

"A circular walk and logs and trees to climb on," says a mum of 1. Hugely popular, the car park fills up quickly so get there early/late at weekends. Lovely cafe for tea and cake and a great little National Trust shop, all just south of Luton. Pack wellies! 

Bushy Park

"Fantastic park with deers, we stayed the whole day," tips a mum of 3. Another Royal Park like its Richmond neighbour, this one is located opposite Hampton Court. Autumn is deer rutting (mating) season when the males fight over the roes. Watch at a distance!

The School Run Playlist on Spotify

Have you been listening? What do you think? We'll continue to slip in new tracks to our long list of classics.