The evenings are growing longer, the air is colder and everyone is pondering when it is acceptable to turn on the heating. Autumn is definitely here in England.
Make the most of the changing seasons by enjoying an Autumnal Walk, all finishing with a True English Gin at the end. You’ll have earned it!
This beautiful haven of nature in South-West London is easily accessible from Richmond, Sheen, Ham, Kingston and Roehampton.
For a long walk, we recommend a lap of the whole park called the Tamsin Trail. Taking approximately three hours, it’s the perfect way to see the changing colours of Autumn. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, which can be hard to spot among the autumnal hue of the park. We also recommend a stop at King Henry’s Mound near Pembroke Lodge for a beautiful view all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral in Central London.
For a shorter route, take part of the trail by entering and exiting via any of Richmond Park’s Gates. Luckily no matter where you start or finish your walk there are some great pubs serving up Hayman’s Gin.
The King’s Head, Roehampton – This spacious pub is just a twenty-minute walk from Roehampton Gate. Cosy up with a warming mug of Hayman’s Spiced Apple.
Horsforth Hall Park
Providing tranquillity on the outskirts of Leeds, we recommend a stroll through Horsforth Hall Park. Make sure to head to the park’s Japanese Garden, where you’ll find elements representing the mountains, woodland areas, waterfalls and lakes of Japan.
For a great Autumnal walk in the city, take a stroll along the beautiful canals in central Manchester. Once forming a strategic industrial corridor, the canals are now a beautiful place to relax and take in the waterside views. For a longer walk, you can stroll along the Ashton Canal takes you past locks and the Manchester City Football Stadium.
Situated on the River Thames, Greenwich is one of the ten Royal Parks and boasts iconic views and rich in history.
The park’s 183 acres has something for everyone. Stand on the Prime Meridian which is the reference point for the rest of the world, visit The Royal Observatory, explore the tranquil orchard gardens or visit the deer park. You can even follow in the footsteps of England’s kings and queens with a walk through Greenwich’s ancient trees. We recommend taking the main entrance at the bottom of the park, near the heart of Greenwich and do a loop once around.
There are many cosy pubs to head for a drink afterwards in Greenwich, but we recommend making your way to the Old Brewery. Situated in the heart of the Old Royal Navel college, they serve up Hayman’s London Dry Gin.
Putney Riverside Walk
In London, walking along the Thames is one of the best autumnal spots. Putney is perfect as it boasts beautiful riverside pubs with gorgeous views to match. Start off in Wandsworth Park to see the trees turning autumnal. Then follow Deodar Road along until you reach Putney Riverside. You can walk towards Barnes as far as you like, watching rowing boats pass along the Thames.
Can’t find Hayman’s Gin after your favourite walk? Why not make a flask of warming Mulled Sloe Gin? The recipe below is for a single-serve, so scale these up for volume. Slowly heat the ingredients in a saucepan and ladle into a flask to take with you on your autumnal walk.
- 50ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
- 125ml Red Wine
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- Dash Allspice
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice