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Best Places to See the Autumn Colours in UK


When we think of spectacular autumn vistas usually the first thing that pops up in our mind is the USA. Who hasn’t seen the magnificent landscape photos of places like Vermont or Maine? With the current Covid-19 situation however, long-distance travel seems highly unlikely. Forget about America and have a look at our suggestions for the best places to see the autumn colours, and they’re all in UK. Colourful leaves, gorgeous autumnal photos and vibrant views make this season perfect to explore Britain’s most beautiful forests, woods and parks.

When is the best time to see the autumn colours in the UK?

The best time to see the autumn colours is from mid-October to mid-November at most places in the UK. However, it also depends largely on the weather and when did the summer end. Usually the first trees to turn colours are maples and acers with the rest of the trees to follow within a couple of weeks. Have a look at our list of the best places to visit this autumn to enjoy the autumn colours.

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The Lake District

The entire region of the Lake District is spectacular during autumn, regardless if you choose to hike to the top of a mountain or enjoy the views from across a lake. Be sure not to miss Grizedale forest and Borrowdale to marvel at the full glory of the autumn colours.

The Cotswolds

Is there anything more picturesque than an autumn road trip in the Cotswolds? These traditional English countryside villages and calm rivers make the best picture-perfect landscapes. The best time to visit is October when you’ll also be able to enjoy the autumn foliage.

Westonbirt National Arboretum

Arguably the best location for fall foliage in the UK, Westonbirt in Gloucestershire stuns with its spectacular collection of 2,500 trees. Don’t forget to visit the postcard worthy vistas of the maples and their fire-like leaves in October and early November. You won’t regret it…

The New Forest

Visit the New Forest National Park in October or November for stunning autumn landscapes. The best part is this place is easily accessible by car from London and would make for the ideal day trip.  Ancient oaks, silver birch and evergreen pines turn into a magnificent display of colours.

King Alfred’s Tower Walk (Stourhead, Wiltshire)

This 5-mile walk takes you through magical woodlands to King Alfred’s Tower which was built in 1772 for Stourhead’s owner – Henry Hoare II. On your way back don’t forget to visit the well-known landscape garden and the beautiful lake nearby.

Bodenham Arboretum, Worcestershire

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Also known as Worcestershire’s Hidden Garden, the Bodenham Arboretum holds more than 3,000 species of trees from around the globe. Enjoy stunning autumn views from this oasis of plantations, pools and of course the famous acer.

Faskally Wood, Perthshire

With its 25 species of trees, such as Scots pine, silver birch, hazel and oak among all, this popular destination is especially beautiful during autumn. In the evenings, the wood transforms into an Enchanted Forest and one can enjoy fairy lights and a tranquil music show.

Richmond Park, London

A gorgeous autumn display of colours and you don’t even have to leave London! Richmond Park is a popular spot for picnics, cycling and long walks, however during autumn it turns into a magnificent spot to marvel at the autumn foliage. It’s the biggest among the Royal Parks and three times the size of Central Park in New York.

Kew Gardens, London

Another stunning park in the city of London! Enjoy spectacular Insta-worthy vistas of the autumn foliage from mid-October to mid-November. You can also sign up for the guided walks and the tree identification sessions. Don’t forget to visit the Treetop Walkway for the best panoramic views of the gardens.

Autumn Essentials

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Don’t forget to take your camera! If you’re looking for a quick photography guide, have a look at our article A Guide to Photography for Beginners. Taking an umbrella with you as well as some cosy jumpers and a water-proof jacket is also a good idea. Water-proof shoes are also a must! Check out our articles Best Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Trends and Outfit Ideas & Fashion Brands To Shop This Autumn for inspiration.

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