The whole of the Lake District is impressive during autumn, whether you’re looking down from on top of a mountain or admiring the views from across a lake. Grizedale forest is particularly scenic in autumn, but it’s Borrowdale that we recommend heading to first to witness autumn in its full glory. The most wooded valley in the Lakes, the views are the best from Castle Cragg where you can see for miles.
The quaint towns and villages of the Cotswolds are the epitome of the British countryside with their traditional stone houses, winding country lanes and picturesque rivers. During October, when the leaves turn colourful and begin to fall from the trees, the area becomes particularly scenic with plenty of postcard worthy vistas.
One of the most impressive displays of fall foliage in the whole of the UK, Westonbirt in Gloucestershire is renowned for its spectacular collection of trees. There are over 2,500 species of trees in the arboretum, including a cluster of maples that looks particularly dramatic when their leaves burst into flames mid-October every year. If you’re looking for stunning autumnal displays, Westonbirt should be at the top of your list.
Allen Banks is one of the best spots in the north-east of England to walk among fall foliage, thanks to the impressive views offered on the walk to Staward Pele. The views over the gorge offer vistas of the red and gold trees below and when you walk through the woods, you can discover rare species of fungi and perhaps even catch a glimpse of elusive woodland creatures preparing to hibernate.
During October and November, the New Forest is awash with colour. Fiery leaves, purple heather and green bracken combine to display a rainbow of colour that is a delight to walk among. A wide variety of trees including impressive species such as ancient oaks, silver birch and evergreen pines combine for one of the most beautiful autumnal forests in the whole of the UK.
Scotland’s leaves start to change colour at the beginning of September, making the dramatic display that appears at Loch Lomond the perfect destination for the first autumnal trip of the year. The wooden glens of the Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve burst into fiery hues that reflect on the loch below, creating photogenic landscapes.
This striking landmark near Welshpool is impressive all year round, but if you visit during the autumn months you’ll be treated to the sights of its beautiful grounds in their full glory. The terraced gardens feature an array of trees and hedges that burst into colour in autumn, but that’s not all. The castle is set on a hill and the views of the surrounding countryside in full frame the gardens perfectly.
On the border of England and Wales, the Wye Valley is a particularly beautiful spot to observe the leaves changing colour. The whole area is stunning in the autumn, but the village of St Briavels is a particularly good location for witnessing the autumnal hues that drench the Forest of Dean during October.