Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, which shows nature in one of its moments of great splendor … which is a great breeding ground to increase your ‘likes’ on Instagram. We propose you 10 destinations in the United Kingdom where you can enjoy the most of what is left of the season, strolling among intense reddish tones, golden yellows and rich burgundy leaves.
Bedgebury National Forest, Kent
To the southeast of the country is Kent, known as ‘the garden of England’, and one of its most prized treasures is the Bedgebury National Forest. The species come from different corners of the planet; there are pines from Scotland, California and even Taiwan. The obligatory route is to be carried away by the brown and orange leaves, but if this is not enough, you can make zip-line jumps in the Go Ape Bedgebury Forest, swinging and making your way through the treetops.
Bodnant Gardens, Colwyn Bay, Wales
Everyone takes pictures in the incredible arches of the Japanese gardens, but the Laburnum Arch of the Bodnant Gardens is not far behind. Located in front of wonderful views of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia, among its jewels stand impressive chestnut trees, waterfalls and a deep valley surrounded by immense trees. You have the opportunity to tour it accompanied by a local guide, do not miss the opportunity.
Faskally Forest, Perthshire, Scotland
It is one of the most magical places in Scotland, but its maximum splendor shows it in autumn. The county of Perthshire is known to house a wide variety of trees, with about 25 different species including Scottish pines, common birch, hazel, ash and oak. The forest was created in the 19th century as a ‘model forest’, and is populated by many large species; As night falls, it becomes a place full of twinkling lights and musical shows.
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London,
Take advantage of your trip to London to see the magnificent gardens of Kew, located just 20 minutes from the city, to see some of the most curious plants in the world. In the fall, guided walks and tree identification sessions are conducted throughout the area, from no less than 121 hectares. Also, you can climb the Treetop Walkway and enjoy a walk 18 meters high between the treetops and enjoy incredible views over the gardens and beyond the city.
Lime Avenue in the Marbury Country Park, Cheshire
It is possibly the landscape dreamed by the ‘instagrammers’: an evocative path of the most autumnal, symmetrical and waiting for that phrase by Mario Benedetti to give it the final touch. It’s Lime Avenue, a legacy of the grand past of Marbury Country Park. The park is located in the heart of the Northwich Community Reserve, which belongs to the Mersey Forest.
Mount Stewart House, County Down, Northern Ireland
It is clear that it is not always necessary to go to a beech forest or a 19th century park to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of autumn. This is the case of Mount Stewart House, whose garden is the strangest: the temperate climate of a nearby salt lake, Strangford Lough , has caused numerous exotic plants, which makes it look like a Mediterranean forest. Enjoy it also with a guide.
New Forest, Hampshire
You will need a lot of patience and probably a car to explore the 130 square kilometers of the British New Forest National Park, with its incredible sequoias planted in the late 50’s of the 19th century, as well as the alders, beech, chestnut and other species. The path of the large trees is fascinating, its Rhinefield ornamental walk, but very ‘instagrameable’ is also the huge Knightwood oak, half a century old, on the ornamental boulevard of Bolderwood near the town of Lyndhurst.
Richmond Park, London
It is one of the least known parks in Europe, although it is the largest royal park in London and three times larger than New York’s Central Park . The oaks still boast of their intense orange and, while walking or cycling, you may be lucky to find some other animal species besides the human: it has been a reserve of deer since 1637, and is currently inhabited by 630 and deer that roam around him at ease.
It is the typical garden of the hair, with its temples, its lake, its vaulted grotto: not in vain were they described as a “living work of art” when they were inaugurated in the 1740s. At first, sycamores, oaks, beech trees and Spanish chestnut trees, and a generation later birches, horse chestnuts and ash trees were added along with more exotic trees and shrubs. Of course, the photo that you must take is the reflection of the vegetation in the water of the lake.
National Arboretum of Westonbirt, Gloucestershire
Planted in the middle of the 19th century, it harbors around 15,000 species from all over the planet and is an authentic oasis of peace whose great attraction is the Japanese maples. We can travel up to 27 kilometers of trails in an area of more than 240 hectares, divided into three main parts: the old arboretum, the old forest of Silk Wood and the meadows of the Downs.