It’s almost the time of year when the satisfying sounds of leaves crunching beneath our feet occurs. There’s no need to get gloomy about the shorter days and cooler nights just yet. As the UK is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. So we at GoEuro decided to list our favourite spots to spend an autumn break in the UK.
Dartmoor National Park
One could be forgiven for thinking they’d been transported to a mythical land upon exploring Dartmoor National Park at this time of year. The autumn blaze of red, orange and yellow mixed in with a swirling layer of fog adds a mystique to Dartmoor that isn’t present at other times of the year.
The easiest way to explore Dartmoor’s National Park is by taking a bus or train to Exeter. From their you can discover the sprawling untamed wilderness with its granite hills and wild ponies. Or go even further afield and uncover small tucked-away villages in the region. This part of the world truly takes on a new guise in autumn.
Sitting in the shadows of Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond is one of the largest in Britain. With some claiming it to be the most beautiful too.
A national park with over 220 miles of nature to delve into. The changing of the leaves and the unique autumn light is a special perk to exploring Loch Lomond and The Trossachs in this season. It may not be the hottest time of year, but the Loch Lomond whisky distillery is on hand to provide a welcome warmer.
The best way to get to Loch Lomond is by bus or train is to Balloch, which is about an hour outside Glasgow.
It may be a great place to kick back in the summer sun, but what is there to do in autumn in Hyde Park?
The dim light and the almost-bare trees paint a very different yet equally beautiful picture to the one in summer. The breathtaking woodland scenery can make you stop and pinch yourself. You could almost forget that you’re in the centre of one of the world’s largest cities.
Autumn sees a burst of unique walking tours coming to Hyde Park too. The mile-long ‘A Right Royal Ramble’ walk digs into the history of the park and takes place on September 16th. While visitors can explore the park’s rarely-open Pet Cemetery on October 14th and 21st.
A mixture of countryside, coast and heritage, this historical city requires little introduction.
Although it would be very easy to stick to Canterbury’s picturesque city centre, those seeking a little peace and quiet should head to Westgate Gardens. Get the full-whack of autumn and take one of the guided walks and tree trails available.
For those looking for an autumn harvest, why not check out the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival? The festival welcomes in the autumn with live music and local food and drink at The Dane John Gardens from September 22nd to 24th.
If you’re in the area between October 14th and November 4th then be sure to check out the Canterbury Festival. The programme contains live music, theatre, talks and walks where Imelda May and Newton Faulkner are among the acts coming to town this year.
Get away from it all and spend some time in the rugged wilderness of some of Britain’s highest peaks.
It’s around this time of year that the area’s wildlife springs into action, with seal spotting trips from Applecross being a popular pull. It’s also not unusual to see red deer roaming freely in the highlands. Keep an eye out for geese and swans migrating from the cooler climates of Norway, Iceland and even Siberia. Cameras at the ready for that snap of a red deer with a backdrop of Scot’s pine and autumn leaves!
But where to start? Why not head to Inverness, the main city in the Scottish Highlands. From here you can continue your exploration into this autumnal wonderland.
With plenty of parks, walks and museums there’s rarely a bad time to visit Bath.
Foodies and film buffs won’t want to miss out on two of the events in Bath this autumn. First up there’s the Great Bath Feast. A two-week food festival running from September 23rd that promises to tickle the fancy of any gastronome. Take advantage of the ‘Tenner Treat’, where visitors can get a slap-up feed from some of the city’s finest establishments for just ten quid.
For fans of cinema the Bath Film Festival, which takes place between November 2nd and 12th, will be high up on the agenda. With everything from small art-house productions to international blockbusters and just about all that falls in between, there’s something for every taste here.
A popular spot on every traveller’s radar. Most travel-fiends are familiar with Edinburgh, its castle and the famous Royal Mile.
While there’s nothing quite like a stroll through the medieval streets on a summer’s day. We’d argue that the brisk, less-crowded autumn days give it a run for its money.
Head to Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill and take in the autumn day views, no Instagram filter required! For a bit of respite, crunch your way through the leaves of nearby walking trails. With Cammo Estate and Colinton Dell being just two of many.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes its place from October 20th to 31st. If it’s a knees-up you’re looking for then don’t miss the Edinburgh Oktoberfest. Running from October 11th to 15th, get a taste of Germany in the centre in Edinburgh.
With so many options for autumn breaks in the UK it’s tough to pick just a handful. What are your favourite places to visit in autumn? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!