When you think of the Autumn season, you instantly think of browns, pinks, oranges, yellows, ochres, olives and auburns, paths filled with crunchy crisp leaves, and early morning dew on the windscreen of your car. Autumn really is a beautiful season, and the UK is a fantastic place to be for it.
Here are our favourite places to go in autumn that make for a great road trip.
Sitting on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, Thetford Forest has stood the test of time since it was created (yes, man-made) after the First World War to help counter a dearth of timber. With evergreen pine trees, oak, maple and walnut trees soaring into the sky, this really is a stunning location in autumn! If the area around you isn’t enough, maybe the Go-Ape that hangs from their branches will take your fancy as you swing through golden leaves?
The Cotswolds are one of a few locations in the UK that exude English perfection. The quaint and chocolate box style villages and towns are almost brought to life with the changing of the season. With many dog-friendly, cosy pubs and restaurants ranging from the traditional to the modern, if you’re looking for a break with a true traditional English twist, we highly suggest the Cotswolds as a place to go in autumn!
New Forest National Park
Nestled in the Hampshire countryside sits the New Forest National Park. Well-known for its autumnal beauty for centuries, the 219 square miles of protected land is the home to 800-year-old oak trees and 400-year-old beeches to name but a few. In October, the park boasts a fantastic festival where you can stroll amongst the magnificent trees, breathing in the heady scents of the mouldering floor. The best part? Much of the festival is free!
North York Moors
The North York Moors is one where the heather is rich and blankets the floor in a thick deep purple cover unlike anywhere else. Stretching over 108,000 acres to the east coast, you could combine this trip with some time at the beach! Because let’s face it, a great British beach is pretty special in the cooler months!
Bute Park, Wales
Sitting in the centre of Cardiff, the park contains more than 3,000 individually categorised tree species, each with it’s own individual and rich colour which truly sing in the autumn months. The park also has some fantastic play areas and educational centres and cafes to make a true day out of it.
Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire
The location to the Harry Potter films, this woodland area can be found close to London and is renowned for its rare and threatened fungi. Whilst it’s not huge, it’s a great spot for families where you can walk through the fantastic array of beech trees that spring into colours of yellow during the autumn months.
Wherever you choose to visit, make sure you get there in style! Our branches across the UK can help find you the best vehicle to get you to your favourite place to go in autumn: https://www.vmsvehiclehire.co.uk/car-hire
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