As summer starts to near its end (you might say we’re well past the midsummer/Midsomer point) and the leaves start to turn, the British countryside is transformed from its summer bloom to an explosion of new autumnal colours. It’s a truly magnificent spectacle and the perfect time for heading out on a walk. Temperatures are cooler but it’s still a while before winter grips – the autumn is a wonderful season.

However, there is another reason to get out there for a walk. With not one but two Midsomer Murders locations trails to explore in Southern Oxfordshire, why not combine a walk with some locations from the show?

The Southern Trail takes in the Causton Playhouse and Badgers Drift Primary School, which you’ll recognise from the show. As well as this, there are some great pubs, museums and river trips to enjoy along the way too. It’s all backed by the famous Southern Oxfordshire countryside that forms such an iconic backdrop to the show.

Then Northern Trail passes Midsomer Newton Museum and Causton Library, with churches, shops and some beautiful gardens to explore along the route. It’s a double pleasure to recognise some of the settings for the show, and enjoy the quintessentially English village life at the same time.

On both of the walks, it’s easy to see why the producers originally chose the area for filming. It’s like it was a ready-made film set, and forms a huge part of the show’s appeal. And if you’re really lucky, they might even be filming when you’re passing.

Southern Oxfordshire is really easy to get to, accessible from the M4 and M40 if you’re driving. There are also great rail links to the region, so no matter where you are coming from, you can enjoy the beauty of Midsomer this autumn.