Autumn is one of the most picturesque seasons to be outdoors, particularly in the UK. When September and October approach each year, the streets become paved with gorgeous foliage and rust coloured leaves – resulting in a rich colour palette that makes for amazing tonal photos.
If you’re looking for the best outdoor spots to enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air and capture Mother Nature in all her glory, here are our favourite three places to visit this season:
The Lake District
The Lakes in the autumn has to be seen to be believed. Expect stunning displays of colour with shades of orange, yellow, red and brown in the forests. Plus, bright red toadstools, purple blackberries, red rosehips, and yellow crab apples dotted around under the canopy.
There’s an array of picturesque walking routes to try out and you can enjoy a very satisfying cup of tea after a day in the great outdoors. The Lakes also hosts a number of seasonal events to keep you and your family busy; with autumn bringing Kendal Torchlight Carnival, Cockermouth Food Festival and the Westmoreland Show in September, and Castle Green Beer Festival and Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October.
The New Forest
Located in Hampshire, The New Forest National Park is the ideal family break. There’s plenty to do, with walking routes, cycle hire, theme parks, galleries, museums and outdoor pursuits like horse riding, mini-golf, water sports and guided tours – so there’s something for everyone.
The forest itself is well worth the journey as it has an incredibly magical quality that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Discover ancient woodland, beautiful heathland and a 40-mile ‘secret’ coast, as well as thousands of free-roaming ponies, donkeys, cattle and deer around the park. Perfect for an autumnal photo opportunity.
Holding protected status since 2002, Loch Lomond is at the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, located in southern Scotland. This part of the country is world-famous for its rugged and dramatic natural landscapes, so it’s definitely one that shines in the autumn months.
Admire the stunning vista across the loch and take a stroll on the Luss Heritage Path, which winds through rolling countryside and the ancient Luss village. Or, you can take the Millennium Forest Trail, which is a simple 1.5-mile path that climbs to a high knoll for spectacular views of the loch. It’s sure to take your breath away.
Autumn is the perfect time to take in the glorious British scenery – falling perfectly after the summer crowds have dispersed and before the winter months have set in. So this month, make sure you dig out your walking boots, your waterproof jacket and your camera and head to one of the UK’s most inspiring and exhilarating natural spots.
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