Autumn Guide

Capture the change

New Forest Pony

Step right this way for Insta-inspiration. Take a look at our run down of eight wonderful places to frolic amongst falling leaves this autumn. With a subject matter this photogenic, a simple point and click in any direction should do it. Pop these places into your GPS and sensational scenery squarely into your viewfinder:

The New Forest

From sweet chestnut to mighty redwood, wild heath to grassland, the New Forest is a blaze of colour at this time of year. Visit for the walking festival or come to see wild ponies and acorn-seeking pigs wandering free.

Nearest hostel – YHA New Forest

Deer from the National Forest

The National Forest & Calke Abbey

Stay close to home with a spin around the relatively easy CONKERS Circuit. Alternatively, jump in the car and within 20 minutes you’ll arrive at Calke Abbey. Not only will you find an enviable collection of pumpkins and gourds, the estate is also home to 80 fallow and 25 red deer who are in their element at this time of year.

Nearest hostel: YHA National Forest

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Grizedale Forest

Take a trip to the trig point at the top of Carron Crag to see the surrounding hills and fells at their very best, swathed in warm autumnal tones.

Nearest hostel: YHA Ambleside/YHA Hawkshead

Bute Park Cardiff

Bute Park

Cardiff Castle looks like something from a fairy tale, flanked by so many branches of orange, red and green. Once the castle’s back garden, Bute Park boasts one of Wales’ best urban tree collections.

Nearest hostel – YHA Cardiff Central

Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods, Bodmin

Hop on your bike and cycle for an hour along National Route 3 to Cardinham Woods near Bodmin. This 650-acre plot is populated by oak, rowan, alder and willow and there are many waymarked walking and cycling trails to keep all ages entertained.

Nearest hostel: YHA Eden Project

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden

A mere 15-minute drive from either hostel transports you to the rare beauty of this National Trust treasure. An historic collection of world trees, the garden is home to UK Champions including a number of century-old rare exotics. Expect Japanese acers, American conifers, late flowering plants and weird fruit: Dead Man’s Fingers anyone?

Nearest hostel: YHA Conwy or YHA Rowen

Cambridge Botanic Garden

University Botanic Garden

With over 8000 plant species, the research collection is a bit special. It’s also a lovely place for members of the public to discover the drama and diversity of plants. Follow the curated autumn trail to discover the season’s infinite variety.

Nearest hostel: YHA Cambridge

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Beningbrough Hall

Jump on the bike and cycle the 8.5 miles along Sustrans Route 65 to reach the baroque mansion and beautiful gardens of Beningbrough Hall. With a garden for all seasons, year-round wildlife and a wider estate that offers walks through woodland glades and along river paths, it’s a cracking spot for an autumn stroll.

Nearest hostel: YHA York

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