Autumn is a wonderful time of year to explore nature. Just wrap up warm, get out onto the National Cycle Network, and use our handy spotter guide to help you find wildlife you can’t see at any other time of year. Use our handy spotter guide to help you find wildlife you can’t see at any other time of year.
We've chosen these rides as some autumn inspiration for great days out, but you can also search our online map for routes near you.
Watch rutting deer
See the changing of the leaves
Watch migrating birds
Throughout autumn look to the skies for signs of migrating birds. The Exe Valley Ride in Exeter is the perfect place, offering some fantastic views along the River Exe and Exe Estuary, a beautiful wildlife reserve. Surrounding the estuary are marshes, which provide a year-round haven for thousands of birds and are looked after by the RSPB.
Spot seal pups
Atlantic grey seals begin breeding in September and continue right through until November. See if you can spot seal pups using the Inverness to Dingwall route, it takes you past the Seal and Dolphin Centre at North Kessock, one of the best places in Europe to observe seals in their natural habitat.
Go on a mini beast hunt
Choose one of our Greener Greenways routes and go on your very own beast hunt. These routes are part of our project to protect and enhance biodiversity along some of the traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network, and there are many creepy crawling insects and bugs to spot in the undergrowth even at this time of the year.
Go bat spotting
Our wildlife volunteers have spotted bats on the Perth to Almondbank route - head out at dawn or dusk and see if you can spot them too. You begin the ride on the North Inch in Perth alongside the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, and follow it for nearly two and a half miles before turning alongside the River Almond.
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