Where to Go to See Autumn Colours in Britain

The whole of Britain begins to transform in September, as the end of summer struggles to let go, but come October; we are fully into autumn. The crisp air, shorter evenings, crunchy leaves underfoot and the array of yellow, orange and red hues in the trees makes you want to stay cosy and indulge in endless cups of hot chocolate. Autumn is also the perfect time to get into your all-weather country clothing and head out to see the beauty of the season. Here are a few of the best places to visit to see the stunning changes for yourself:

Autumn scenes around Britain

Lake District

Autumn is one of the best times of year to visit the Lake District in the north of England, as the valleys and mountains side turns from green to gold. There are a few places to head to, including Borrowdale, the most wooded valley in the Lake District, which will provide you with plenty of views of autumnal colours. Head up to Castle Cragg so that you can enjoy the full effect. Allan Bank is another good place to catch the best of the season, where you might also be able to spot a red squirrel among the trees and some fungi on the ground underneath the fallen leaves.

Thetford Forest

The forest that straddles the border between Norfolk and Suffolk is a photographer’s dream. Everywhere you look, there is beautiful nature to behold. Though the evergreen pine trees dominate, their dark green hues are perfectly combined with the oak, maple and walnut trees that turn gold and red in the autumn months. A relatively new forest, created in 1922, it is a wonderful spot to head to for an autumn walk. There are plenty of other places nearby too that offer vibrant splashes of autumn colour.

Felbrigg Hall

One of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets, the Great Wood at Felbrigg, is quite a spectacle with its eye-catching autumn colours. You can walk down the beech-lined avenue on the Victory walk as the trees tower above you, creating a yellow path for you to follow. A walk around the estate takes around two hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the woods and open fields. There are also the lake, church and ice house that may spark your interest you too.

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

The Wye Valley and neighbouring Forest of Dean is a beautiful area to visit, whatever time of year it is, but autumn, in particular, is a good time to take walks in the forest or admire the views of the River Wye from the hills. You can spot various fungi and gather chestnuts while walking the woods in October. The village of St Briavels in Gloucestershire is particularly lovely, as the wooded limestone slopes leading to the river is a delight when covered in the yellows and reds of autumn.

Autumn scenes around Britain

The Cotswolds

Few locations in Britain offer prettiness quite like the Cotswolds. There are plenty of attractive towns and villages to visit such as Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water with the River Windrush passing through under low bridges. On a crisp autumnal day with bright blue sky and no clouds in sight, there is nothing better than wrapping up and heading out to wander through the most colourful woodland the Cotswolds has to offer. Try Westonbirt or Batsford Arboretums, as even on the dullest days the colours of autumn brighten up the atmosphere.

Loch Lomond

All of Scotland’s thousands of lochs are worth visiting in the autumn, as the trees and mountains surrounding them turn orange and ochre, reflecting on the water. One of the best has to be Loch Lomond; the biggest in the country. Part of the Trossachs National Park, the wooden glens and rolling hills around the loch are perfect for walking, and also a prime spot to admire the autumn colours. Western Atlantic oaks grow in clusters, and the west bank takes you through these oak groves to a high knoll offering some spectacular views of the loch below.

Bodnant Garden

The world-famous garden in North Wales is a historical gem and the perfect for seeing autumn colours in Wales. You can explore the 80 acres, see the displays of crimson and gold on the trees and shrubs, and enjoy the smell of the ripening fruit and berries. Bodnant Garden also has its fair share of flowering plants that rival the summer with their show of colour. There are also several historic trees from all around the world, so you enjoy a mixture of evergreen and deciduous.

Yorkshire Dales

The greens of summer are replaced with rustic browns, gold and red come autumn in the Yorkshire Dales. A popular beauty spot is the Malham Tarn Estate, and a walk through the woods is a must as the leaves cover the ground, or along by rivers and streams with the golden hillside reflected on its surface. The water found in the Dales also attracts a multitude of wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled to spot squirrels, birds and rabbits.

Autumn scenes around Britain

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