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Top ten secret autumn colour spots

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The Forestry Commission have chosen their top ten secret spots, where everyone can enjoy a little bit of autumn.

These new autumn colour hotspots form part of the Forestry Commission’s ‘Feel Good Autumn’ initiative, in partnership with mental health charity Mind. The new campaign aims to inspire people to spend time in the forest to boost their wellbeing, after 94% of respondents to a Mind survey said green exercise had benefited their mental health.

The Forestry Commission, in collaboration with Mind, have developed top tips and activities for practicing mindfulness in the forest.

Events and workshops from forest yoga to Nordic walking groups, guided bike rides and buggy fit are being held across the country to get the nation outdoors and active this autumn.

For keen leaf peepers, you can watch the colour change and pick the perfect time to visit a forest near you with the autumn colour map.

Walking trails and their secret spot locations are available at 

1. Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean
High up on the hill, look down on the autumn landscape below as the River Wye winds beneath you.

2. Carron Crag, Grizedale
Well worth the climb, the breath-taking views from the top of Carron Crag offers up orange and bronze hues backed with beautiful moorland flora.

3. Japanese maple collection, Westonbirt Arboretum
A world re-owned autumn hotspot, with over 2,000 Japanese maples creating a perfect autumn picture.

4. Blackmere trail, Delamere Forest
Enjoy the contrasting golden larch and evergreen pine against the array of autumnal colours over Linmere Moss.

5. Marshals Lake, Bedgebury Pinetum
Watch the autumn colour reflections ripple in Marshals Lake.

6. Blackling Waterfall, Hamsterley Forest
Step off the beaten track in search of the stream, encased in autumn colour.

7. Lime Tree Avenue, Salcey Forest
Walk the length of Lime Tree Avenue and admire the golden yellow hues.

8. Callow Hill, Wyre Forest
Seek out the hundred year old whitty pear tree with its rich red coppery leaves.

9. Glenbervie Meadow, Alice Holt
Stand at the edge of the Glenbervie Meadow which stretches out in front of you framed by beautiful autumnal trees.

10. Giant redwoods, New Forest
Wonder at the magnificent redwoods, two of the largest trees in the New Forest.