Autumn is upon us which means that the leaves are ablaze with bold crimsons, glimmering gold and fiery oranges. Here’s a list of the best places in Britain to experience the season’s natural fireworks display! Wrap up warm and don’t forget your camera!
Dollar Glen, Perthshire
From Dollar Town, follow from the steep path up Dollar Glen alongside the burns of Sorrow and Care to the bewitching ruin of Castle Campbell. Magnificent rowan or mountain ash contends with silver birch, golden oak and crimson hawthorn. Dollar Glen boasts a myriad of wild fruit, and the rowan berries provide blazes of scarlet set against a fiery backdrop.
Royal Botanic Garden- Inverleith Row, Edinburgh
One mile from Edinburgh city centre, seventy acres of arboretum are set ablaze each autumn by the changing leaves. The Lavalle’s cork tree, with its canopy of green and yellow foliage mingles with the red, yellow and gold of rowan berries and whitebeams.
River Exe, Exmoor, Somerset
Follow the south bank of the River Exe down from the Exmoor village of Winsford and you’ll be blown away by the blaze of gold and red alders and beeches set against the winding river.
Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
Located on a hillside overlooking some lakes, Winkworth Arboretum is home to more than 1,000 tree and shrub species. The gold, yellow, silver and scarlet colours of maples and lime leaves, contrast dramatically with ancient evergreens. Scarlet Cherry Trees provide bursts of colour.
Westonbirt Arboretum in Glocestershire
As autumn approaches, the collection of Japanese maples burst into life in this world-famous 600 acre arboretum. These beautiful trees create a spectacular display of yellow, orange and red foliage. Take a closer look and you’re in for a treat; the ‘Katsura’ has delicate yellow-green leaves tipped with orange.
Elan Valley, Mid Wales
Set on a hillside above a string of lovely lakes, these charming oak woodlands contain 83 species and counting. From juicy rowan berries to fantastic fungi, not to mention the yellow gorse, purple heather and silver moor grass; Elan Valley will take your break away.
Gwydyr Forest, Betwys-y-Coed, Conwy, North Wales
Take a romantic stroll through blazing oaks, dark fir and spruce in this enchanting forest.
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