The Best Autumn Destinations in the UK
As summer fades, landscapes across the UK transform with a burst of autumn colours. And what better way to embark on your next trip than with a Madlug bag by your side? Just like the vibrant foliage, Madlug bags come in an array of colours to complement your autumn adventures. Read on as we share some of the best spots to explore.
Glenariff Forest Park, Northern Ireland
Located in County Antrim, Glenariff Forest Park is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Glens’ for its stunning natural beauty, especially in autumn. The park boasts numerous walking trails that wind through lush woodlands, alongside cascading waterfalls, and past serene lakes. As the leaves change colour, the Glenariff Waterfall Trail becomes a spectacular canvas of reds and golds. To see the beautiful fall foliage at its peak, the best time to visit is in late October.
Killarney National Park, Ireland
Crossing the border to the south, Ireland's Killarney National Park is a beautiful destination to explore in autumn. Nestled in County Kerry, this park comes alive with warm hues of fiery reds and golden yellows. Take a leisurely stroll around Muckross Lake, where the changing leaves are mirrored in its clear waters. The park's vast woodlands offer a kaleidoscope of colours, making it an ideal spot for a picturesque autumn hike. And if you're lucky, you might even spot some of the park's resident red deer.
The Trossachs, Scotland
In Scotland, the Trossachs region is a haven for autumn lovers. This area, also known as the 'Gateway to the Highlands,' is full of rugged mountains, tranquil lochs, and lush forests. Nestled within the Trossachs, Loch Katrine, surrounded by tree-lined shores, is a particularly lovely spot to witness the changing of the leaves. Rent a boat and paddle through the mirrored waters, soaking in the breathtaking scenery.
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
In the heart of Wales, you’ll find Brecon Beacons National Park, a haven for hikers and nature lovers. The park's rolling hills and craggy peaks are blanketed in rich autumnal shades during September and October. Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape adorned in autumn colours. Take a trek along the Taff Trail for a memorable autumn adventure.
New Forest, Hampshire
Down south, the New Forest in Hampshire offers a unique blend of ancient woodlands, heathlands, and wetlands, making it one of the best places to experience autumn in the south of England. Exploring on foot or by bike is highly recommended, as you'll have the chance to spot the famous New Forest ponies grazing amidst the fall foliage. Beaulieu, a charming village within the New Forest known for its historic charm and vintage cars, is also worth a visit to soak in the autumn atmosphere.
Photo by Matt Whelan, Bygone
Lake District, Cumbria
In the North of England, the Lake District in Cumbria is a perennial favourite for autumn enthusiasts. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its rugged landscapes, scenic lakes, and charming villages. As the leaves turn, the hillsides are painted with brilliant shades of red and gold. Take a scenic drive along Windermere or Coniston Water, or hike to the summit of Cat Bells for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Nestled in the heart of the Midlands, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire is not only famous for its legendary outlaw but for its colourful autumn scenery, too. As the leaves change, the forest takes on a magical aura. Explore the ancient oak trees, some of which are over 500 years old, and take a walk along the Major Oak Trail to see the famous Major Oak, where Robin Hood is said to have hidden.
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