Although we hate to admit it, the summer seems to be slowly slipping away and giving in to cooler temperatures and more unpredictable weather. It always feels a little sad as summer leaves but lets not forget that Autumn is a truly magical time of year here in the UK. The leaves on the trees turn beautiful shades of orange and red and the sun hangs low in the sky lighting up the countryside with gorgeous orange hues. So if you are thinking about booking an Autumn getaway then we think that its a great idea. Here are some of our favourite spots for autumn getaways in the UK.
Lewes, East Sussex
This is a great spot for an autumn getaway; Lewes always feels a bit like you’ve stepped back in time with its looming medieval castle and its narrow alleyways lined with Georgian buildings.
Lewes really comes alive during the autumn months with the beautiful countryside and South Downs ablaze with orange and red trees, its really beautiful.
Around bonfire night Lewes’ bonfire societies lead a torch-lit procession through the streets then light bonfires around the edge of the town. People wear costumers and there are fireworks everywhere, its a great atmosphere and you can get snuggled up in thick jumpers and boots and sip on a mulled wine.
Off the northern tip of the Scottish mainland is the stunning Orkney archipelago. Because of the location these aren’t the kind of sun-kissed islands that spring to mind, they take a battering from the elements and are beautifully rugged, but an autumn getaway would just be the perfect time to visit.
Way up on North Ronaldsay you can head for the bird observatory if you are a keen bird watcher, and see the seasonal migration. Its a beautiful and fascinating thing to see.
September and October are the best months for both land and seabirds and you won’t find much but raw nature on the Orkney islands so if its peace and quiet you’re after then this is definitely the place for you.
If its a city break you’re keen on then an autumn getaway in London would be really nice timing.
West London has a whole host of green space; base yourself in leafy Richmond or near Hampton Court and you’ll have easy access to natural and historic attractions whilst still in close proximity to all that the vibrant city of London has to offer.
Richmond Park is incredibly beautiful during the autumn months, not only can you enjoy dramatic views of London through red and gold trees, but you may well catch the deer rut which is quite a dramatic sight to see with stags roaring and charging at each other.
Kew Gardens is also breathtaking in the autumn months with its enormous and diverse plant collection.
Then end the day with a visit to one of the many gorgeous pubs, bars and restaurants to warm up and have some nice food.
If you are rather a fan of all things Halloween then an autumn getaway to Derry in Northern Ireland would be right up your street. The roots of Halloween are Celtic which means in Ireland they go all out with their celebrations and have been celebrating this festival for a good thousand years, whether as All Hallow’s Eve or as Samhain.
There is a huge and pretty special party on Derry’s Banks of the Foyle with the city streets filling up with music, art and all manner of spooky fun which culminates in a brilliant costumed parade and fireworks display.
The pubs of Derry are pretty inviting at this time of the year too with open log fires and cosy armchairs to wile away those chilly autumn afternoons.
Glamping on the Yorkshire Coast
The evenings are getting a little too chilly for nights under the stars but glamping is still a great option during the autumn months when the bitter cold hasn’t quite set in.
The Yorkshire Coast is a gorgeous spot for an autumn getaway; breathe in the sea air on coastal walks while the breeze energises you as you walk. Take in the autumnal landscape views of the North York Moors with its auburn colours that epitomise autumn ,and hide away in charming pubs, restaurants and cosy tearooms for a nice pint, cream tea or home cooked lunch.