Autumn attractions in the UK

The leaves are falling which marks the end of the summer season. While we can be a little bit upset about this, it’s nice to look on the bright side: look forward to wearing our favourite jumpers and drinking copious amounts of hot drinks, all while the leaves change colour signifying autumn is finally here.

There are some wonderful nature reserves in the UK that make you realise that summer’s end does in fact have some highlights.

Why not take the train to one of these locations and see for yourself? Start by booking your train tickets at www.nationalrail.com.

 

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

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This reserve is full of amazing views. The autumn colours surround you and are even reflected in the lake. Sheffield Park is brilliant for wildlife watching with squirrels, buzzards and skylarks around every turn. It’s also perfect for kids who like to run about and have fun as there is a woodland play area. With over 250 acres of wide open space for you to explore, you can spend several hours here before heading back home on the train.

 

Bodnant Garden, Wales

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There are two parts to this magnificent, world-famous garden home. Between the terraced garden and the shaded lawns, you will find stunning plants from all over the world – including China, North America and Japan – that are all suited to the Welsh climate. Although the garden is not open from 24th – 26th December, you still have every other day of this year to head to Conwy and maybe stop by the tea room to enjoy some refreshments (or perhaps you could save your appetite for the treats on the train ride home).

 

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent

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Bring the family here to enjoy cycling, mountain-biking, walking and running any time of year. Take a picnic to enjoy in the midst of a world-leading collection of conifers all while taking in what autumn has brought in. You can even head to the Go Ape site here and get involved in some more healthy outdoor activities. Just like Bedgebury, train tickets are available from www.nationalrail.com all year round!

 

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

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You will find the perfect mixture of fun and serene environments at Westonbirt Arboretum. With the seasonal change of the trees you will constantly be in awe of the views at every time of the year. The featured walkway – stretching 300 metres long and 13 metres high – is accessible to all so you can discover the 15,000 trees from high off the ground. You can even take your dog around the reserve (as well as on the train there and back).

Book your train tickets quickly before winter sets in! Although, we’re sure these places would look superb covered in snow, too!