From London and beyond: Musement shares seven dazzling places in the UK to admire autumn colors.
Autumn is upon us once again. The new season brings plenty to look forward to from the harvest bounty appearing at local markets to an appealingly cooling chill that dominates the air after the sweltering days of summer many of us had to endure. Though Autumn’s most exhilarating allure belongs to the seasonal foliage that dominates the landscape as the leaves start to turn. A kaleidoscope of warm shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns make for one of the most magical backdrops of all.
Whether in an urban park or a rural expanse, autumn colors never fail to wow their admirers, rendering some of the most spectacular landscapes even more spectacular. Here’s a look at seven of the best places in the U.K. to get your autumn color fill.
Yes, London is one of the world’s most bustling cities, but this cosmopolitan sprawl also boasts plenty of green spaces. Come autumn, these parks change color rendering the English capital one of the world’s most scenic places for autumn colors. From Kew Gardens to Hyde Park to Richmond Park, you’ll find those autumn hues all around this vast metropolis.
2. The Cotswolds
Just two hours west of the English capital, the Cotswolds boast several walking trails among its rolling landscapes, sunken valleys, and storybook castles. The autumn colors only enhance the already astounding landscapes, adding to the idyllic fairy tale vibes excused by the district’s inherent charm.
3. Tintern Abbey, Wales
These Gothic monastic ruins take your breath away at any time of year but are more exquisite when surrounded by lush autumn foliage. This roofless structure on the banks of the River Wye was abandoned nearly 500 years ago, leaving behind an intriguing skeleton whose particularity is only further enhanced by the seasonal hues growing in, out of, and around it.
4. Loch Lomond, Scotland
Scotland is one of the world’s dreamiest destinations, thanks a good part to how several locales could easily have been ripped directly from the pages of a fairy tale. Loch Lomond is no exception. Loch Lomond, in the southern part of the country, sits alongside Trossachs National Park, and the district is replete with hiking and cycling trails that appeal even more during autumn. Try not to let the ethereal landscape veer you off course.
5. New Forest National Park, England
This pasture, heathland, and forest in southwest Hampshire and southeast Wiltshire entices travelers eager to spend quality time in mother nature. It never fails to impress during the autumn when myriad seasonal shades dominate the impressive natural landscape.
6. Stourhead, Wiltshire
This estate, a National Trust property, sits (appropriately) at the head of the Stour River in Wiltshire. From shopping to walks to a gorgeous garden, Stourhead boasts plenty to see and do on-site that’s fun for the whole family. Though the estate exceedingly delights during autumn when the colors never fail to awe.
7. Conwy Valley, Wales
A mesmerizing neck of the Welsh woods, the Conwy Valley in Wales comprises several charming quaint towns along the River Conwy offset by gorgeous scenery in between. Needless to say, the scenery shines at its most dazzling during the autumn when the leaves take on the shades typical of the season.