You may not be able to visit Durham right now, so we thought we’d bring a little bit of autumnal Durham to you at home, by sharing some of our favourite snaps from Instagram taken during this special time of year. 

We hope these autumnal snaps of Durham’s colourful landscapes, vibrant autumn sunrises, vivid sunsets, and wonderful wildlife will brighten your day and we look forward to welcoming you back to the county very soon! 

High Force Waterfall 

At this time of year the woodland walk leading up to High Force Waterfall offers some magnificent views of the mighty waterfall as the surrounding trees start to change colour and shed their leaves. 

Durham Heritage Coast 

There’s something magical about autumn sunrises, they just seem to be a little bit bolder and brighter this time of year. As the sun rises later in the morning, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy a refreshing walk along the Durham Heritage Coast as the sun comes up. 

Historic Durham City 

The moody autumnal views you can enjoy from the top of Durham Cathedral's Central Tower are definitley worth the 325 step climb! We're looking forward to when the tower can open once more and we can enjoy those #viewsfordays 

Wonderful Wildlife 

Did you know that the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark is a red squirrel hot spot? These tiny creatures can be seen throughout the year but are especially visible during autumn as they forage nuts, stocking up for the long winter ahead. 

Early Evening Walks 

With a chill in the air and the darker nights closing in, there's no better way to refresh after a long day copped up inside the same four walls than with a energising evening walk. 

Dog Walking Weather 

As the temperatures start to drop, autumn is the perfect time of year to grab your coat, pull on your wellies and head out to explore the outdoors with your furry friends on a lovely long muddy dog walk. 

Check out our dedicated Dog Friendly Durham page for lots of dog friendly walks and days out inspiration. 

Tanfield Railway 

Take a steam train ride into the past at Tanfield Railway - the world's oldest railway! It's also a great way to sit back, relax and take in the beautiful ever changing colours of the surrounding countryside. 

Rutting Season at Raby Castle

No visit to Durham during autumn is complete without heading to Raby Castle during Rutting Season. Experience one of nature's greatest spectacles and hear the roar of the rut as the castle's resident Red and Roe deer lock horns. 

Autumn Sunsets

Autumn sunsets are just the best, with beautiful shades of orange, red and pink which cover Durham's landscapes in a beautiful sunset glow. 

Crisp Woodland Walks 

Woodland walks are a great way to get out and about during autumn, and in Durham you'll be spoilt for choice of wild woodlands and fabulous forests to explore. Take in the vibrant autumn colours as you troll along wooded paths and hear the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet.  

Looking for walking inspiration? Check out our dedicated walking in Durham page. 

Riverside Walks 

The view from Durham City riverbank is pretty special whatever time of year you visit, but we must admit there's something about those autumn colours mixed with the magnificent sight of Durham Cathedral that we really love. 

The Durham Dales 

Autumn is a special time of year to get outside and enjoy a refreshing walk in Durham’s great outdoors, as the landscapes are transformed with beautiful autumn colours. 

Want more autumn inspiration? Check out our dedicated autumn breaks page and start planning next year's autumn escape.  

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