There are two charming cliches about fall. The first arose due to the poet John Keats - once you know it, you can not throw it out of your head. And the second is the annual mass desire of those who want to see a famous show of colors, known as "Fall in New England". Clichés often become so for objective reasons, but they can also hide alternative options that will help you to look at the world from a new angle. The poet's ode of Keats can be beautiful in itself, but there is an excellent replacement for an expensive odyssey, that is called Fall in Britain. The last fervent "farewell" to the summer heat? For sure! Foggy dawns and the alluring smell of smoke at sunset? Of course! But, first of all, fall is a game of colors, reaching its apogee in Scotland in late September, and in England during the whole October. British parks and arboretums will soon flare up with Far East exotics, and local favorites will shine in the woods: beech, alder, oak, ash, maple and wild cherry. Thus, with the onset of the long-awaited riot of colors, it was time to find the best places to enjoy the beauty of fall.
Ten best places to meet fall in Britain
National Arboretum Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Neither of the lists of beautiful fall forests will be complete without Westonbirt. The world-class arboretum, numbering about 2,500 species of trees, was founded in the middle of the 19th century at the peak of the Victorian thirst for botanical exotic. Fall in Westonbirt lasts from September to November, but the best time to visit it is October, when all the maples are in the red fire. The arboretum occupies 600 acres, has 17 miles of walking trails and is divided into three main parts: the Old Arboterium, the ancient Silk Woods, and the meadows of the first category - Downs. Do not miss: hot air balloon flight. Schedule: 09:00- 17:00. Price: adults £ 10, students £ 7, children £ 4, children under 5 years - free.
Grizedale woods, Hawkshead, Lake District. Spread between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale is the best place to visit the Lake District in fall. Larch, oak, elder and beech create a fiery background for fascinating wooden sculptures made by such masters as David Nash and Andy Golsworthy, and depicting giant birds, mystical figures, and an elephant on a rock. Sculptures are connected by well-marked pedestrian and bicycle routes. Do not miss: The Carron Crag Trail route, which is 3 miles to the highest point of the forest (1,030 feet). Forest routes with rental bicycles. Family walks and "monkey adventures" on the tops of trees. Work schedule: Tourist center and cafe 10: 00-17: 000 daily.
Stourhead, Meer, Wiltshire. A park with world famous gardens, a lake, classical temples and mystical grottos is considered a "work of art" since its foundation in 1740. Beeches, oaks, plane trees, Spanish chestnut, ash and holly were originally planted by a team of 50 gardeners under the guidance of the creator of the park - Henri Hoar "Magnificent", and birch and horse chestnuts were added by subsequent generations. Nothing compares wit the sight in all its fiery beauty reflected in the waters of the fall lake. Do not miss: Free fall tours in the park from 2nd to 21st of October (11: 00- 12:00; 13: 30- 14:30). Working hours: 09:00 - 18:00; from October 1st it closes at 17:00. Cost: adults £ 16, children £ 8, family £ 40.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire. The 56-acre arboretum is home to Britain's largest collection of trees and shrubs. Known for its exemplars brought from the Far East, it also contains rare exemplars that are no longer found in the wild and "tree champions" - exceptional exemplars of various species, distinguished by their size, age, rarity and historical significance. The color palette of Batsford impresses with its variety in the fall time, blazing in different shades of red, crimson, tender pink and maple yellow and wild cherry colors. Ambreous trees that grow there often acquire purple, bright red and pale yellow shade on each leaf. Do not miss: Master classes in photography with Alan Ranger (October 24th - November 2nd), £ 95 for half-day and £ 145 for the whole day. Working hours: 09:00 - 17:00 daily, from 10:00 on Sunday. Price: adults £ 7.95, children £ 3.50, family £ 19.95.
Forest Faskally Woods, Pitlochry, Perthshire. Often referred to as the "land of large trees", the 200,000 acres that Perthshire occupies include the Faskally forest, located on the shores of Lake Dunmore. The forest surrounds the remains of a garden planted in the 19th century and which is known for its variety of tree species, including oaks, birches, poplars and alders, as well as many coniferous species. Every year in the forest of Faskally the performance "Enchanted Forest" is held - a musical and light show accompanied by original music. Do not miss: This year's show is held from September 28th to October 29th. Cost: adults from £ 20, children from £ 10, booking is possible.
Sheffield Park, Fletching, East Sussex. More than six hundred marsh cypresses and Japanese maples growing in 250 acres, reflected in four lakes in their green, yellow, gold and crimson splendor, not to mention the amber ginkgo tree glitter (a species that has existed for about 250 million years). Another reason for visiting and enjoying the contribution of the great gardener Lancelot Brown, whose 300th anniversary was celebrated last year. Brown created two lakes and paved picturesque trails among the trees. Do not miss: Free tours around the garden (11:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays), Pulkhem waterfalls - a picturesque cascade combining two lakes, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 13:00. Working hours: 10: 00-17: 00. Cost: adults £ 11.20, children £ 5.60, family £ 28.
New Forest, Hampshire. Set amidst meadows and wastelands, the New Forest National Park covers an area of more than 50 square miles. There you can meet majestic pine, beech, alder, chestnut, holly and many other species of trees. There are many hiking and cycling routes in the park and holding the Tourist Festival in the period from October 15th to October 30th is not a coincidence with the annual fall peak of a variety of colors. In the fall time in the forest you can meet the famous ponies and pigs in search of green acorns. Known as "pannage", it is still an existing ancient tradition, when peasants were allowed to graze animals in the forest. Do not miss: the majestic 500-year-old oak Nightwood, growing on the Bolderwood Ornamental Drive and the tallest trees along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive trail near Lyndhurst.
Cardinham woods, Bodmin, Cornwall. A unique "hidden pearl", 650 acres of mixed forest (oak, alder, rowan and willow), where you can see not only fascinating fall colors, but also meet the sapper, dive, kingfisher, deer and several families of elusive otters. A great place for family picnics, where four pedestrian walking routes are laid through the forest, equipped with signs and numerous trails. There is also the Beaver Forest School, which hosts classes for children and adults on Mondays and Wednesdays and the 7.5 km Bodmin Beast mountain bike route for senior family members, considered one of the best in Cornwall. Do not miss: The forest cafe - a century-old, atmospheric hut of loggers with a garden and a fireplace. The famous path to the Lady Vale bridge, built in the 12th century.
Bodnant Gardens, Colvin Bay, Wales. A diverse garden and a constant favorite of Telegraph readers, Bodnant is located in the picturesque foothills of Carneddo in Snowdonia - this is already a sufficient reason for the visit. Numerous "champion trees", including huge chestnuts on the upper lawn, Dell Valley with tower-trees, waterfalls and streams in the Conwy River valley - are must to see for tourists who are in love with fall. The best month for a trip is October. Do not miss: fall walks accompanied by an expert, October 23rd-27th. In the county idyllic cottages are rented out. Working hours: 10: 00-17: 00. Price: adults £ 12, children £ 6.
Abbey of the Fountains and forest, Yorkshire. The Fountains Abbey and the forest are located not far from each other, surrounded by 120 acres of the Studley Royal landscape park, filled with tranquility, meditation and many shades of fall. The bright red fire of Japanese maples, marsh cypresses and birches is an ornament of the ruins of the abbey, while sycamore trees, alders, elms, oaks and beeches are the ornament of the forest. Do not miss: watching deer (September 23rd, October 7th and 21th, 14: 00-16: 00). Work schedule: 10: 00-18: 00. Price: adults £ 13.60, children £ 6.80, family £ 34.