As summer draws to a close, and the kids go back to school, we welcome in the next season with its magical hues of warm reds, oranges and browns whilst bracing ourselves for the dark mornings and frost under our feet on the way to work.
That said, autumn is a fantastic time to take a trip – shortly, we’ll have half-term, just before Halloween and this can be a fantastic time to visit the UK. Autumn will be in full swing, and getting out in nature can be a very uplifting and calming experience.
Whilst camping may be out of the question, given the drop in temperature, there are many cheap rustic options available for you to feel immersed in nature, such as getting a rural AirBnB or staying in a camping barn.
Today, we all seem so quick to jump on a plane and often neglect just how magical our own country can be, particularly if you head out to places of natural beauty such as the Lake District, Yorkshire Moors or Derbyshire Dales. That’s not to say there aren’t equally viable options in the South, but an Autumn holiday seems much more aligned with the North given its open space, natural beauty, and warming food.
That said, a city break in London is a great option all year round, as there’s always something going on with so many plays and musicals in London you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re thinking of heading out on an Autumn Adventure, let’s take a look at three ideal choices:
York is a chocolate box city that really does have something magical about it, particularly in Autumn when the leaves change colour and a light mist veils the already ancient landmarks.
The brilliant thing about basing yourself in, or around York, is that it gives you access to a variety of places within a short distance, such as the Yorkshire Dales and Moors which is a hikers mecca, or the rugged coastline and quaint seaside towns along the way, or the more homely Harrogate with nearby Knaresborough that features Mother Shipton’s Cave.
Cornwall tends to be known more as a summer holiday place, and many of its attractions do close for the autumn, yet if you’re looking for a rugged and rustic break, there’s nothing better than being in a local dog-friendly pub with an open fire as they batten down the hatches as a storm comes in from sea. Just be careful when walking, as in nearby Devon, many people are washed away whilst walking along the sea path – particularly at Dawlish Warren which is notorious for freak waves.
- LAKE DISTRICT
The Lake District has a reputation for being one of the wettest parts of England, which doesn’t make it all that appealing at first glance, but if you’ve spent time here in the past then you’ll know it is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in England. In Autumn, the land comes alive and offers endless walking or cycling opportunities and cosy pubs to tuck into a hearty steak and ale pie afterwards.