MAGICAL AUTUMN IN THE UK

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Published on September 04, 2019 with No Comments

Best spots in the UK for the most amazing autumn views.

Words MEL SIM

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There’s just something magical and romantic when autumn comes about. The air is crisp and chilly while the leaves start to turn into dazzling shades, making just about every scene picture perfect. The British autumn is all of these things and more with its flurry of red, yellow and gold in the most beautiful landscapes you’ll set your eyes upon, which is why it is the best time to visit to soak up all of that beauty. Here are our picks on where to go.

LONDON
Even your usual London tourist haunts get a beautiful makeover during autumn. If you’re after some of the most incredible views in the city, there are a few locations to check out. Good starting points would be London’s royal parks such as the 2,500-acre Richmond Park where deers graze freely in nature’s beauty that would have turned a stunning auburn during autumn. Or right in the city, Hyde Park, where a stroll during autumn will be one of the most magical and memorable if you want a quick getaway from London’s hustle and bustle.

NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Just 16 kilometres away from Bournemouth is the New Forest National Park, a paradise come true in autumn as it transforms into a remarkable canopy of red, gold, brown and yellow. Hike, cycle or go horse riding to take in all that breathtaking beauty with ponies, deers and cattle wandering freely. Want the whole experience? Visit during the New Forest Walking Festival from 12 to 27 October 2019 where you can sign up for one of the many guided walks led by local experts to learn more about the history, heritage and wildlife. For details, go to thenewforest.co.uk.

CAWDOR CASTLE
Located between Inverness and Nairn, Cawdor Castle – the oldest castle in Scotland – is one of the most beautiful spots for its magnificent fiery gardens and trails that go on and on. This 15th century private fortress was built by the Thanes of Cawdor, and today it is a popular destination to take a walk back into history as you roam the castle’s rooms as well as three different gardens each one with their own history. In addition, there is also access to the Big Wood, a remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest that is home to trees and nature trails. The castle and its gardens are open only till 6 October so plan your trip here accordingly. Private tours are available by appointment only (cawdorcastle.com) during the closed season from October to April.

THE COTSWOLDS
Autumn is all about going outdoors to enjoy the air while walking over crunchy leaves, and there’s no better place to do so that in the Cotswolds with its colourful woodland and quaint villages. Take a leisure walk around the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote with its backdrop of gold-yellow trees or roam free in the Batsford Arboretum to enjoy all the bright seasonal colours and fresh air. The Royal Gardens at Highgrove, the private gardens of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, are a sight to behold with its immaculately manicured gardens rich in reds and oranges while Bourton-on-the-Water, The Venice of the Cotswolds, will charm you with its attractive little bridges made even more spectacular set against autumn’s beautiful scenery.

SNOWDONIA
One of the most scenic regions in Britain, Wales’s Snowdonia is all about rugged mountains, coastal areas and forests. In autumn, it comes alive in the red and golden hues of trees, purplish heather on the mountainsides, and the deep blue of the sea. Autumn is the best time to visit as it is a calmer and quieter place minus the chock-a-block of tourists. Plus, you can take advantage of the off-peak offers to grab yourself a bargain. The days are warm, making it perfect for walking through fallen leaves while the evenings are cool enough to enjoy hot chocolate in front of a cosy fire. Places to check out include Glynllifon Park, Snowdon for panaromic views, the historic town of Bala and Portmeirion Village known for its brightly painted buildings, formal gardens, and woodland walks.

FOREST OF DEAN
One of the last ancient forests in the UK, Forest of Dean in Gloucesteshire, has been inhabited since the Iron Ages and was used by the Anglo-Saxon kings as royal hunting grounds. Today, aside from its historical significance, it is a place of natural beauty that comes alive with spectacular colours during autumn. If you’re into walks, this is the best place to get a taste of British autumns. Located nearby are also picturesque villages like Newent and Cinderford, and historical landmarks such as the Tintern Abbey. If you want to really soak in all that history, check-in at the Speech House Hotel, a former 17th century hunting lodge at the very heart of the forest.

LAKE DISTRICT
With colours in full bloom, autumn is the prettiest time of the year to visit the Lake District. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a bit of everything – picturesque walks and camping escapades in its national parks, historic inns to explore, great restaurants to dine on the best of British food and artisanal shops selling the best of Lake District produce and goods.

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