With the russet, burnt orange and sunset red leaves hanging from the trees, the autumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit – or holiday – in the UK.
If you’re taking a timeshare staycation this October half-term, here are our top places to see Britain’s autumn colours in their full splendour, including one of our top timeshare favourite destinations, the stunning Lake District.
1) Westonbirt, Gloucestershire
Nature lovers will enjoy taking a stroll around The National Arboretum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission and is home to some spectacular oaks, cherries, birches and limes. It’s also worth scouting out the Japanese maples at this time of year, when they are ablaze in a rainbow of red, orange and yellow.
2) Grizedale, Lake District
While the Lakes may be the wettest place in the country, they’re also one of the most spectacular – and there’s no better time to enjoy their beauty than during Autumn. This Cumbrian forest boasts plenty of things to do, including sculpture trails a GoApe site, and plenty of pines and woodland to enjoy during a walking or biking trail.
3) Castell Coch, Wales
With its blanket of copper beeches surrounding this late 19th-century Gothic castle, Castell Coch is a photographer’s dream. While the leaves start to change at the end of September, they tend to be at their most dramatic in October – perfect for getting lost in.
4) Sheffield Park and Garden, Sussex
This beautiful garden, based near Haywards Heath, boasts an impressive four lakes, a cricket pitch, and a wildlife area that attracts kingfishers. During October, the rusty aceas turn a beautiful red, leaving you with breathtaking views.
5) Batsford Arboretum
Nestled close to the Cotswold hills, this arboretum has plenty of maples and cherries, which come in every shade under the sun. The park even runs its own “Autumn Colour spectacular” to celebrate the beauty of this season.
6) Meikleour beech hedges, Scotland
Standing tall as the world’s highest hedge (100ft high in places and 1/3 mile in length), you can expect a wall of russet and gold during autumn. While there are a handful of car parking spaces, this Perthshire hedge can also be reached by hopping on the Perth to Blairgowrie bus.
7) Exbury Gardens, Hampshire
This gorgeous site, based in the New Forest, is a National Collection holder for some of the most colourful trees imaginable – the Nyassa and the Oxydendrum. There are also plenty of delicious restaurants nearby for visiting foodies…
What do you think is Britain’s most colourful autumn destination, if you just had to pick one? Tweet your favourite to us at @Gotimeshare.