From Cornwall to the Lake District, find out where to see the changing leaves this autumn with 5 great seasonal walks and places to stay
1. Derwentwater, Lake District
One of the loveliest flat walks in the Lakes is this 10-mile loop around Derwentwater, starting from Keswick town centre. Especially beautiful in autumn, this waymarked trail along easy paths takes you around the pebbled lake shore and through ancient woodland, making a wonderful, leisurely day walk.
If you don't want to walk the whole way, you can catch the Keswick Launch across the lake back to the marina and enjoy close-ups of Derwentwater’s islands. Click here for full details of the walk, including route directions and a map.
Lying between Bassenthwaite Lake and the peak of Skiddaw, Parkergate Cottages make a fantastic base for exploring the Lake District – recently anointed a World Heritage Site – with easy access to the market town of Keswick. “Members can get exclusive savings on Autumn breaks in the Lake District – click here to find out more.
2. Sculpture Trail, Forest of Dean
Kick through the golden foliage as you spot art among the trees on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. There are currently 17 sculptures to find along the 3.5 miles of the trail, created by different artists. It includes pieces that range from thought-provoking to awe-inspiring, including a huge stained glass window that hangs over the path and catches the forest light.
The free way-marked trail starts and ends at the rear of the Forestry Commission, Beechenhurst picnic site.
Whitemead Forest Park is set in the heart of the Forest of Dean and is an ideal setting for admiring the changing colours of the leaves. Find out about exclusive discounts on autumn forest breaks.
3. Buchan Country Park, Sussex
Take a gentle stroll through Buchan Country Park, beneath the colourful canopy of old pines, alder trees and young oaks. Boasting 170 acres of beautiful countryside, and ample opportunity to spot wildlife, Buchan Country Park has won the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best green spaces in the UK, every year since 2010.There is a network of hard-surfaced paths through the park, so you can enjoy the changing leaves in all weather conditions, with access for pushchairs and wheelchairs around much of the park. Download a trail guide here. Nearby Ghyll Manor is nestled in acres of Sussex countryside. The 17th-century country house is a blend of period features and modern comforts. If you’re a Boundless member, get exclusive discounts when you stay at Ghyll Manor this autumn.
4. Batsford Arboretum, Cotswolds
Batsford Arboretum puts on a particularly good show for autumn. Its magnificent collection of trees and plants includes many species of acers and Japanese maples, which are much-loved by visitors for their fiery autumn colour. Pines provide year-round evergreen as a backdrop, while mountain ash and whitebeam varieties are well known for their autumn berries and vibrant colour.
Our Boundless Cotswold Cottages are set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and just a short drive away.
5. Millook Circular Walk, Cornwall
With fewer holidaymakers about, autumn is an ideal time to head to Cornwall. The Millook Circular Walk gives you the best of both worlds, incorporating autumn colours with spectacular coastline. The 4.8 mile route winds through ancient woodland and past clifftop views to the pebbled shores of Millook beach, a notorious spot for smuggling in the 18th century. Enjoy spectacular views over Bude Bay on the way back.
Treworgie Barton Cottages are an ideal base to explore the most unspoilt areas of North Cornwall.