With trees tinged in spectacular hues of red, brown, purple and burnished orange, autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of them all. So why not make the most of your flexible timeshare points during the UK’s most stunning months by visiting one of these forests and watching the leaves turn – the perfect nature break before the Christmas holidays arrive!
Cornwall is the most popular timeshare destination for “staycations”, and it’s full of gorgeous gardens such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the amazing Eden Project, but there’s so much more to explore in Britain, including these beauty spots – and each has a unique charm of its own…
National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire
Beautiful Japanese maples paint this park a breathtaking red come autumn, but you can also enjoy the bladdernut, walnut and lime collections. Take a stroll through the old Arboretum, planted like a botanical tree garden, enjoy the older woodland of Silkwood, or explore the Downs Landscape. There are also activities on Sundays through to the end of October, a children’s fungi workshop.
Details: (01666 80220, www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt).
Grizedale, Lake District
Grizedale, located between Coniston Water and Windermere, coasts elegant green pines and ancient woodland. Hikers will enjoy the range of walking trails, while the new visitors’ centre and cafe in The Forest are the perfect place for watching the world go by. You can also take advantage of mountain bike hire, as well as Go Ape rope courses.
Details: (01229 860010, www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale).
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Revisit Robin Hood’s glory days with a visit to Sherwood Forest in its golden season. Home to 900 ancient oaks – including the 800-year-old Major Oak, in which Robin Hood is said to have hidden – it is one of the most glorious collections of Oaks you will see. Sherwood offers two walks, including Robin Hood And The Royal Forest and Poetic Sherwood. Meanwhile, nearby Clumber Park has the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe, at nearly two miles long.
Details: (08444 77 5678, www.visitnottingham.com).
An impressive 7.8 million trees have been planted in the 200sq mile National Forest site between Leicester and Burton-on-Trent. Enjoy a day out with the kids at the Conkers Discovery Centre (with more than 100 indoor, and outdoor activities including a teenage assault course), or try the Rosliston Forestry Centre (at Swadlincote), with its 150 acres of cycle trails, timber lodges for hire, and archery.
Details: (01283 551211, www.visitnationalforest.co.uk)
Bedgebury, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Bedgebury’s National Pinetum has the biggest collection of conifers in the world, with more than 400 varieties. Enjoy the site’s Electric Forest, an illuminated night-time trail, which runs until November, or take on the cycle tracks of the nearby Bedgebury Forest.
Details: (01580 879 820, www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury).