Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and with leaves turning dark reds, browns, and oranges, it is no wonder that it is a popular time of year for people to get out and about in nature. In Gloucestershire, there are a number of places where you can really enjoy all the delights that autumn can bring. Being a rural county, there are plenty of indications that the season is starting to change. One of these is the many small woods and collections of trees that populate it, turning vivid colours. This is particularly true in some of the places below where you can see beautiful autumn displays.
Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the best places in the world, not only in Gloucestershire, to see the changes of the season. As the year draws into its last phase before winter, the trees start to turn a ruddy red, orange or brown, depending on the type of tree. Or, in the case of the evergreens, they don’t change at all. Westonbirt has a number of rare and common trees growing within its borders. There are plenty of walks for both dog owners and those without to wander. The explosions of colour are incredible. There are also plenty of places to stop for a cup of tea and a refresh as well. However, it can get extremely busy being such a well known and popular site.
Cirencester Park might well offer a suitable alternative. It is privately owned but is open to the public on foot, with a dog and on Horseback, if you have that as an option. There are lots of tree lined drives of Oaks, Sycamores and Beech that are ancient. These trees put on a great show as they start to make the seasonal change.
The main walk through the county is the famous Cotswold way. Running from Bath in the South up to Chipping Campden in the North, you’ll soon see plenty of incredible country views. You’ll also come across a fair few countries’ pubs. You’ll certainly enjoy the real fire and ales that you’ll find inside.