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The very best spots for autumn scenery

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Looking for the greatest spots in the UK to take an autumn walk? redspottedhanky.com brings you the very best places to wander in the leaves and marvel as the greens turn red and gold. Pick up cheap train tickets or car hire to all of these spots with us, and you’ll earn loyalty points to spend on future travel!

Westonbirt Arboretum, the Cotswolds

The UK’s National Arboretum comes alive as autumn approaches. Its 14,000 plus trees put on a natural fireworks display during the autumn months, which is well worth repeat visits. You can never tell from one week to the next which will be the next species to explode in a riot of colour! Home to several “champion trees” (the biggest of their kind in the UK) and a huge number of fiery Japanese Maples, Westonbirt is the number one spot to see the seasonal changes. Nearest train station is Kemble, which is a 15 minute drive from the Arboretum.

Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire

Burnham Wood used to sprawl across most of Buckinghamshire. There are still 250 hectares of it left, all beech and all protected as a nature reserve. And with good cause. Burnham Beeches provides one of the most intense and memorable natural spectacles in Britain. The woodland floor is carpeted with bright red leaf-fall, while the remaining canopy turns a glowing gold. Burnham railway station is on the Great Western Main Line, just 20 mins away from London.

Oxford University Botanic Gardens

The dreaming spires of Oxford are beautiful at any time of year. When viewed as a backdrop to the fiery wonders of the Botanic Gardens in autumn, they’re positively spectacular. Easy transport links for train and car hire make the University Botanic Gardens a pip to get to, and kids go free if they are accompanied by an adult family member.

Meikleour Beech Hedge, Perthshire

Would you travel to Scotland to see a hedge? We would! Meikleour is a wee Scottish village with a big attraction – the largest hedge in the world, composed entirely of beech and racking up an impressive 100m in height. At more than one third of a mile in length, the hedge is a nightmare for garden maintenance teams but an absolute delight for visitors presented with its extraordinary wall of autumn colours. The only way to visit the hedge is on the road, and public transport is recommended. Take a bus from the village.

Marwood Hill, Devon

Meandering Marwood Hill Gardens are set into a valley cleft four miles outside Barnstaple in North Devon. They were designed by a hobby planter who became a horticultural legend, and when you visit his private garden it’s easy to see why. Marwood Hill looks amazing at any time of year, with its sloped paths wandering down to pristine stands of birch and maple. In autumn, it’s on fire. Take the train to Barnstaple and hire a car to complete the journey.

redspottedhanky.com can arrange car hire, and cheap train tickets to all of the places mentioned in this blog if you book your travel in advance. You’ll be rewarded with loyalty points to spend on future trips. Happy leaf-peeping, and don’t forget your camera!

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