There’s something about autumn that feels magical. The sight of leaves changing colours – the warm golds and browns on the trees and the ground – is one we look forward to. So where can you best enjoy the spectacle in the UK this year? Culture Trip rounds up the top places for those autumnal vibes – from the Lake District to the banks of Loch Lomond.
Head to south Worcestershire in the Midlands to reach Croome Court, where beech trees, oriental plane trees and large horse chestnuts trees turn a glorious burnt hue by October. A popular walk to see this display begins at Croome Court’s Visitor Centre and lasts around two hours.
Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, is dubbed “one of the greatest neo-classical country houses in Ireland”, with its surrounding land considered an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is here you can revel in the warm, golden hues of autumn – taking the Beech Trail, past the golden beech trees, before tracing its Lake Walk Trail.
For the best of autumn in North East England, Allen Banks and its 50-minute-long ancient woodland walk, called the Allen Banks Morralee Tarn walk, should be on the itinerary. Time your visit right around October and see beech and oak trees in yellows, oranges, reds and browns – and perhaps spot woodland creatures preparing to hibernate.
Fiery leaves and purple heather come out in full force when autumn descends in the New Forest, which covers 219sqmi (566sqkm) of the south of England. A 3mi (5km) walk around Wilverley Inclosure past ancient oaks, silver birch and evergreen pines will allow you to soak up this kaleidoscopic display.
Built around 1200, Powis Castle is a medieval castle set on a spectacular garden. “As the cooler air arrives,” writes the National Trust, “see the garden come alive in a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges and golds.” The best way to do it is on an easy 2mi (3km) long walk around its multi-layered garden, within which you’ll discover 100-year-old apple trees and red, orange and yellow-tinged sumac tees.