The merest mention of a season will evoke special memories and autumn holidays, can be a favourite time of year for some, particularly with the changing of colour in woodlands and hedgerows. Autumn is when heating is turned back on and sandals banished to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced by gloves and scarves.
There are plenty of wonderful spots across the UK to holiday in autumn. With vast national parks in England, Scotland and Wales dedicated to celebrating this impressive shift from green to every shade of amber, russet and gold, you’ll have no trouble finding some manner of beauty to enjoy on holiday.
Some of the best autumn escapes involve snuggling up infront of a log fire, with a good book and a hot drink. The Danish refer to this sense of cosiness in the home protected from the outside elements as ‘hygge’ (pronounced hogga).
If it’s wildlife you’re after, then Scotland in autumn is a thing of wonder. You’ll get the opportunity to spot golden eagles, red kites and the rarer gyr falcons soaring against the striking sky or majestic marine mammals such as seals, dolphins and minke whales playing in the waves.
In Wales the Brecon Beacons are a place of wonder, its mountainous landscape and moorland a patchwork of colour. In autumn the woodland floor of the National Botanic Garden comes alive with fruiting bodies of fungi. The dramatic 200 year old waterfall is worth the walk, in the wooded valley of Pont Felin Gat, which can be done in about 90 minutes at a leisurely pace.
England too has an abundance of picturesque locations to visit. Westonbirt Arboretum in the Cotswolds has 17 miles of accessible paths including two special autumn trails. Known for its Japanese maples the arboretum is home to 15,000 trees bursting into a succession of bright, golden or burnished tones from September to November.
Whether exploring the dramatic Cornish coastline, the Central Highlands or the Norfolk Broads you’re going to be spoilt for choice whatever part of the UK you decide to explore this autumn.