ST KITTS & MIGHTY CABOODLE DOLOMITI FLAT EARTH SOCIETY FYNE ALL BETWS OFF AND DANDY WATERGATE WONDER
Ooh, Watergate. Nixon. Subterfuge. All The President’s Men. Well, yes. But not in this case. This is Watergate Farm, a Cumbrian farmhouse available for the week beginning Oct 20 for £1,076 (nationaltrust.org.uk/ holidays). It sleeps six on the edge of Loweswater – which nestles in a wooded valley and, rather conveniently, is fringed by a four-mile lakeside trail. The Caribbean doesn’t really do autumn. Just summer. Still, Hike Caribbean’s (hikecaribbean.com) breaks include a “Colonial History and Hiking” holiday which visits Antigua and St Kitts and Nevis in 12 days. From £2,795pp; flights extra. If you’re perambulating in west Scotland this month, you’ll need somewhere warm to return to at day’s end. Like, say, Stonefield Castle, which peers on to salmon-stuffed Loch Fyne – and is framed by 60 acres of woodland for extra autumn pizzazz. Double rooms in October from £114, with breakfast; bespokehotels.com/ stonefieldcastle. The issue with walking in western Scotland or Snowdonia is that there are lots of steep bits. No such problem exists in Norfolk, where a mouse rearing up on its hind legs counts as a hill. The Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival will dissect the county for the rest of this month, with guided amblings taking place from the Broads to Sheringham and Norwich – see norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails. Hikers in Wales in the coming weeks could trace the lip of Cardiff Bay, or amble around the Mumbles headland near Swansea. Good ideas both. But if you want to put one foot in front of the other with purpose in the Principality this autumn, there is but one Snowdonia Walking Festival. It lasts for a mere weekend (Nov 3-4; snowdoniawalkingfestival.co. uk) and will forge out from the Conwy village of Betws-yCoed, with a mixture of family strolls and strenuous hikes. Start poking around big mountains too late and winter will poke you straight back. But the Adler Spa Resort Dolomiti has it right with its three-day “Autumn Sunshine Walking Special”, available until Nov 4 ( from €480pp/£426, flights extra (adlerdolomiti.com), which shows off the dramatic peaks of northern Italy. Never let it be said that Sweden only deals in splendidly frolicsome summers and frostily perfect winters. It’s pretty accomplished at autumn as well. Not least in the Gothenburg Archipelago, which lies scattered due south-west of the country’s second city. Sunvil (sunvil.co.uk) sells a six-day break to the area which spends three nights on the islet of Styrso, where you can wander woodland trails. From £804 a head, with flights.