The nights are drawing in so let’s make the most of the daylight hours by going in search of beautiful autumn hues. As the country’s most densely wooded county, Surrey has plenty of places to soak up autumn - here’s our guide.
When autumn arrives, Winkworth Arboretum bursts into colour, its yellows, oranges and reds painting a breathtaking picture across the landscape. For the best views follow the signposted trails and seek out the viewpoints on the edge of the Magnolia Wood, the top of the Azalea Steps, the lakeside boathouse and the eastern Meadow
Enjoy the stunning hues of the changing leaves which range from deep gold to vibrant red against the backdrop of this stunning Edwardian estate. Why not try the new, uplifting Wellness Walk, which takes in some attractive viewpoints, where you can stop and read inspirational quotes and extracts of poetry which have been etched beneath doors on natural wooden plaques.
Enjoy an exhilarating walk up Leith Hill and, if it’s one of those crisp and clear autumn days,
you’ll see panoramic views of 14 different counties as well as the countryside surrounding composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ former childhood home. The woods are a mass of vibrant colour.
Devil’s Punch Bowl
A riot of rich, rustic colours in the autumn, The Devil’s Punch Bowl is home to Gibbet Hill –
the second-highest point in Surrey – and so provides outstanding views of the beautiful landscape. With numerous walking routes available in this part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of ways to explore this stunning setting.
This 18th century landscape garden is dotted with pretty lakes and fabulous follies, creating the perfect backdrop for the colours of the autumn shrubs and trees within its grounds.
The flagship site of the RHS is abundant with natural wonder all year-round and the autumn months are no exception. Visit on October 16th and you can enjoy the best of the season’s produce too at the garden’s Taste of Autumn Festival.