First planted during the Victorian era, Westonbirt Arboretum has grown massively over the last century and now features over 18,000 trees from around the world. A particular joy in autumn when the trees burst into life with a mixture of deep oranges and vibrant reds, Westonbirt can be explored via a variety of trails, including a shorter family-friendly route with special appearances from the Gruffalo.
Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst is home to several National Collections and various oddities, including England’s largest growing Christmas tree! Take a wander through the grounds, packed with plenty of autumn highlights including a candy-floss scented katsura tree, to discover everything Wakehurst has to offer. Or stop by on the 23rd or 27th October for special guided tours.
Stroll around a serene lake
Specifically planned and planted to spring to life in the autumn months, Stourhead is a popular destination for visitors around the world in October and November. Particularly tranquil in the mornings, a walk around Stourhead’s central lake is full of colour, thanks to the variety of trees and shrubs on the edges of the garden. Whether you’re early or late in the season, you’re bound to see something exciting and vivid here.
Spread across 200 acres, Exbury Gardens is an expansive collection of shrubs, flowers and unique features, like a tennis court tea garden! Autumnal highlights include the Top Pond and Jubilee Hill; both come to life near the end of the year, thanks to the bright, intensely coloured trees and flowers in close proximity.
Get a bird's-eye view of the Lake District
This fairly strenuous walk is far from easy, but trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views across the Lake District from the peak of the hill. The climb is just as pretty too; during the spring and summer, Lingmoor Fell is carpeted with heather, while in autumn, brown bramble stretches across the hill, giving a suitably dramatic feel to the area.
Cornwall isn’t the only part of England with golden sandy beaches – the north coast of Norfolk is also dotted with long, exotic stretches of sand. When the tide is out, Wells Beach extends for miles, offering plenty of room for a leisurely stroll.
Venture through ancient woodland on one of the various trails that wind through Allen Banks for a true escape from the bustle and noise of modern life. Suitable for both families and dog owners, you can head straight for the picturesque Staward Gorge or take a little more time and get lost between the auburn trees and shrubs.