By NICOLA OAKLEY
Want to get out and have a brisk walk in a lovely setting? Check to find your nearest autumn beauty spot
October has nearly arrived and, although we may be enjoying unseasonably warm weather, autumn really is here.
Following the autumnal equinox last week, many of us might be wishing to get out in the great outdoors and appreciate the changing colours of the trees before the leaves are lost forever.
Wherever you live in the UK, there’s bound to be a beauty spot nearby where you can go for a brisk autumn walk .
Premier Inn have put together a list of 10 great places to enjoy the changing colours of autumn.
1. Sheffield Park, East Sussex
In autumn Sheffield Park transforms into a kaleidoscope of rich oranges and reds. One of Capability Brown’s best known masterpieces, it’s often said that the park is at its best throughout the autumn months.
2. Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Head to Robin Hood’s old haunt this autumn to take in over 20 miles of golden colour. The pines create a beautiful contrast as you walk or cycle through the forest.
3. Kew Gardens, Richmond
Just a stone’s throw from central London, Kew Gardens is the perfect place for city-dwellers to take in the wonder of autumn unfolding. Head to the Woodland Gardens for the best mix of colours.
4. Faskally Wood, Perthshire
Perthshire is the best county in Scotland for a stunning glow of seasonal colours, with Faskally Wood the top location. After a day of admiring the reflection of the colours in Loch Dunmore, stick around for the lights, music and illuminations of The Enchanted Forest.
5. Exmoor National Park, Devon
The first sight of the rusts of autumn as you walk through the woodland of Exmoor is not to be missed. Autumn is also rutting season for the resident deer so listen out for the bellows of amorous stags!
6. Grizedale, Lake District
The glorious lakes often steal the show in the Lake District, but Grizedale Forest during the autumn is something that has to be seen. The burnt oranges and yellows are the perfect backdrop for the number of sculptures scattered throughout the forest.
7. Thetford Forest, Norfolk
Although Thetford is well known for being the UK’s largest lowland pine forest, there is still a medley of colours to be seen there this autumn.
8. Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean really comes into its own in the autumn months, with oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees all combining to create the most stunning mix of rusty reds and glorious golds.
9. Bodnant, Wales
With the mountains of Snowdonia as a dramatic backdrop, the autumn scene at Bodnant Gardens is as impressive as ever.
10. Bedgebury, Kent
It’s not called the Garden of England for nothing, sit back and enjoy the show of colours at Bedgebury Forest just outside Tunbridge Wells.