Autumn is that time of the year when some lament over the long and hot summer days now gone and cold, rainy days taking their place. For some it is an opportunity to embrace the powerful and imminent change imposed by nature and take pleasure in its vivid outcome.
Autumn for us is that time of the year when shorter days call for candlelit evenings, cold temperatures for hot chocolate and the misty hours of daylight for long walks on fallen leaves.
It is precisely those leaves that make autumn not only attractive, but also some people’s favourite season. When else can you see such a myriad of colours all around? Autumn road trips are extremely popular in the USA and Canada where thousands of foliage chasers flock to marvel at nature’s fireworks of colours – Vermont, Ohio and Ontario being the most popular places… Little do they know that Europe has its own fair share of fantastic foliage to boast, the UK in particular. We have hand-picked several places in the UK where you can admire the flamboyant foliage this autumn! Read on, put your walking boots on and don’t forget your camera!
North: The Highlands
Aren’t the proverbial murky and mysterious landscapes of Scotland with their all-day mist, barren land and castle ruins just the perfect autumn setting? Autumn will, however, alter the appearance of the Scottish countryside and clothe it into all shades of orange.
The Highlands is growing in popularity as a leaf-peeping destination and October is the best time to visit! Don’t be put off by the possibility of rain, you are still bound to have a fantastic, colourful experience!
Your autumn drive checklist should definitely include Wales! When leaves turn, Wales turns into a real brightly coloured beauty. With so many beautiful places, it is hard to choose the best leaf-peeping spot. Castles in Wales are surely the link that connects romantic souls, history lovers and those with a real appreciation for nature. In Powis Castle and Gardens trees go ablaze in autumn while the red colour of the castle complements leaves in the terraced gardens around the building. Another great spot in South Wales is Castell Coch, a Gothic Revival building from the 19th century, whose name literally translated means “red castle”. With its Gothic elements and surrounded by trees ranging from deep burgundy to gold, Castell Coch looks like a castle from a fairy-tale!
And just when we thought the Cotswolds cannot get any prettier, autumn arrived and swept us off our feet. The Cotswolds turns out to be our all-time favourite. The miniature world of the Cotswolds with its charming little houses and history-packed streets, looks even more beautiful when awash with autumn colours. As October draws on, expect the walking trails there to turn into a splendid stage, ideal for a romantic getaway. In Westonbirt Arboretum pay a visit to 2,500 tree species and admire their changing colours. This could be a great weekend trip for the whole family.
East: The Suffolk Coast and Wicken Fen
East of the UK may not reign supreme in terms of tourism, but it still offers some wonderful places to explore. Take a walk along the Suffolk coast and soak in the serene beauty of the rolling hills covered in heaths or choose a wildside trail in Wicken Fen, once a vast wetland stretching all the way from Cambridge to the north. Wicken Fen is a famous nature reserve rich in species and beautiful vistas.
We hope we have inspired your next weekend road trip around the UK. Have fun and don’t forget to send us some photos!