Autumn is a magical time of year, and one of the best times to go for a day out in the woods. Wrap up warm and have fun kicking leaves and jumping in puddles!
Top ten sites for autumn
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, is internationally renowned for the fiery autumnal colour of its tree collection. The arboretum is home to the UK’s national collection of Japanese maples; a must-see display of vibrant oranges and reds.
Home to the National Pinetum, the world’s best conifer collection, and a beautiful array of autumn colour. Some excellent fungi and an active bird-watching group.
Watch the forest change colour from the fantastic viewpoint at Symonds Yat. Will you see any Perigrine Falcons, or perhaps the wild boar that roam the nearby woods? Symonds Yat is run in partnership with the RSPB. Forest Holidays’ new cabins also open this month.
Another beautiful woodland, with gentle slopes, wildflower meadow. Over twenty different species of tree makes for a lovely range of autumn colour. Home to a variety of wildlife that includes adders, dormice and badgers.
Explore the amazing Tree Top Way and watch the trees change colour from above. A great place to see autumn-flying butterflies and dragonflies, and home to many ancient oak trees hidden throughout the wood.
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is a great place to start exploring this beautiful area. Watch red squirrels from our new hide, or get to grips with the fantastic array of trails designed for every level of cyclist. To make life easy, there’s a training loop, bike hire, bike wash and secure bike parking.
Head along the Ornamental Drive to experience the changing colours through ancient woodland. Watch the deer from the viewing platform or follow waymarked trails. Or why not take part in one of our autumn activities?
This area, near Burley, comes alive with fungi at this time of year. You’ll find dozens of species in the lawns and woodland nearby, but be sure to follow the fungi code!
Three, small woods set high on the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Staple Hill, near Taunton, offers a spectacular viewpoint over Somerset. It’s accessible to wheelchair users, and a great place to start the fantastic 13-mile circular Herepath Trail through some of the best forested landscape in South West England.
For more details visit the Neroche website.