Autumn – the season of cozy jumpers, drinks by the fire, and lovely walks among crisp golden leaves.
Here in Leicestershire, we're lucky to have plenty of beautiful places to head for an autumnal walk.
We've listed some of our favorite rentals below.
Why not enjoy a walk at this weekend? (preferably after enjoying a delicious Sunday roast!)
Market Bosworth Country Park
On the edge of the charming market town, this is a beautiful park with lots to enjoy.
There is the Bow Pool, home to ducks and swans who can spot a slice of bread a mile off, and an arboretum with exotic tree species including vibrantly colored Japanese Maples.
There's lots of open grassland, and a lovely children's play area.
More, you will not be able to look for a great deal of conkers.
Watermead Country Park
Situated between Syston and Wanlip, this large park was once a sand and gravel pit.
It now offers a great opportunity for walking and cycling, fishing and nature study.
There are a number of different lakes and ponds and a network of paths in a wealth of landscapes, viewpoints and wildlife habitats.
There's a Reedbed Nature Reserve which opened in 2004, and the Birstall Nature Reserve, located towards the south of the park.
The Jurassic Play Trail around King's Lake offers fun for young visitors.
This is a beautiful spot for a wander by the canal, and gives children the opportunity to see the amazing Grade II listed locks.
The flight of 10 locks is the longest set of staircase locks in Britain.
It takes an average of 45 minutes to get to the bottom of the boat – so chances are, you'll be able to see at least one or two passing through!
Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods
It's no wonder Bradgate Park is so popular, with 830 acres of wild and beautiful countryside, populated by hundreds of resident deer.
There's a lot of rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are more than 500 years old.
There is also the historic ruins of Bradgate House – Lady Jane Gray – and the landmark Old John's Tower.
You can opt for the hills and enjoy the stunning views, or take it easy and stick to the driveway through the lower part of the park, close to the shallow waters of the River Lin.
Just north of Bradgate Park, Swithland Woods is a 155-acre ancient woodland, which is a great place for running through the leaves and playing hide and seek behind the plethora of trees.
This is just a short walk from the city center along the tree-lined New Walk.
Victoria Park was the city's racecourse until 1883. It now has pathways shaded by avenues of trees dividing its 69 acres of open parkland.
There is a play area and skate park.
Just a mile outside the busy city center, Abbey Park is a lovely area of the River Soar.
The Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.
To the east of the river is the Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, boating lake, miniature railway, and formally planted flower displays.
Pets corner on the west side of the park is free of charge.
Brocks Hill Country Park
Woodland, meadows, ponds and a community orchard all feature in this 67-acre site in Oadby.
There's a network of wheelchair and pram-friendly paths, plus two play areas inspired by the natural environment and a dedicated den building area.
Additional features include sculptures and orienteering races around the park.
Dating back to the 13th century, this large ancient woodland covers around 100 acres, close to Ratby and Groby.
It's a great spot for an autumnal meander among the trees, where foxes, squirrels, badgers and at least 39 species of birds make their home.
The wood was cut in two by the M1 in 1969, and the two parts are now connected by a bridge crossing the motorway.
Together with Pear Tree and Burroughs woods, Martinshaw forms part of the largest continuous woodland area within the National Forest.
Beacon Hill and Broombriggs Farm
When it comes to views of Leicestershire, it's hard to beat the beacon hill.
The 135 hectare park is also made of some of the oldest rocks (700 million years) found across the world.
These include the unusual Old Man's Head rock formation which can be seen from the path near the summit.
Around the park, there's a variety of wooden sculptures, and a natural play area – including a train for children.
Just across the road from Beacon Hill is Broombriggs Farm, where there's a mile and a half farm trail.