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Where To See Beautiful Autumn Colours In The UK

Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, when the air turns mellow and the leaves turn rich shades of gold, red, and russet. The spectacular display is a photographer’s feast, and this year promises to be an especially good one after a chilly spring followed by a wet summer. Here are some of the best places in the UK to get out and about.


Stourhead, Wiltshire

This is one of the most well-known places to see autumnal hues, especially since head gardener Alan Power began his regular updates about the 18th century landscape garden on BBC Radio 4.


Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire

Surrounding the majestic ruins of the 12th century Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley are some of the UK’s most ancient woodlands. What more could a photographer ask for on a crisp autumn day?


Kielder Forest, Northumberland

This is England’s largest forest, which is also the site of the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe. There are miles of walking and cycling routes through the woodlands, and the area is also celebrated for its dark skies, so it is a perfect spot for stargazing.


Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

What more could you ask for; stunning mountains and lakes and acres of ancient woodland where you will find a variety of native trees. Climb into the uplands to take in the rich tapestry of colour on a sunny day, or lose yourself among the crisp crunchy forest floors.


Glen Affric, Highlands

This stunning glen is flanked with ancient native pinewoods, and is one of the largest Caledonian pine woods in Scotland. As you take in the patchwork of autumn colours, you will have a good chance of spotting ospreys, otters, red deer, and a host of other native woodland creatures.


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