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Where to see spectacular autumn colours around the world: our readers tips

Its the season for mom nature to dazzle us with ambers, colours, ambers and oranges Our readers recommend the most vibrant autumnal displays in Europe, North America and Japan


Winning tip: Ojcow national park, Poland

They call it the Zlota Polska Jesien – the Polish Golden Autumn. It’s when the oaks and sycamores around Krakow do their best New England impression. Just 20 minutes’ drive north of the city is the smallest national park in the country: Ojcow. A series of small, sylvan hollows was transformed into a beautiful patchwork of ochre and rust-red starting in September. There are forest trails running past rivers, caves and crooked cottages. You can climb up to lookout points for opinions over the tops of the woods, and learn Ojcow Castle studding the hillside like something out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire

Photograph: Alamy

A walk through Strid Wood with its sessile oaks and Wharfe river opinions takes in various types of autumnal ponder. The abbey is wonderful abbey, there’s a river feature “ve called the” Strid, where the Wharfe abruptly narrows, or a longer stroll to the top of Simon’s Seat in the moors to view the season’s multicoloured glories from above.
Jamie Samuel

Lake District

Autumn position over the countryside and Windermere from near Troutbeck and Ambleside. Photo: Alamy

As you stroll along Windermere to the centre of Ambleside, autumn colourings are abundant. Appearing in all the regions of the water, it seems that the treeline is alight with cherry-red and orange foliages. As you round the bend on to the road into township, you are faced with a hillside that celebrates autumn at its best, highlighting different colours throughout the day. Catch it at merely the right time in the morning and you’ll watch the mist creeping down and making the trees an eerie existence. Catch it as the sun is descending in the late afternoon and you’ll be amazed at the vibrancy of the colouring as the leaves are framed by the sunlight from the defining sunlight.
Alice Southern

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Photograph: Alamy

The entire arboretum is fascinating at any time of year, but in late October the acer( Japanese maple) glade is perfectly magical. It’s a good idea to stay at the Hare and Hounds hotel( doublings from PS125 B& B ), which almost adjoins the arboretum and go to Westonbirt early in the morning to beat all the daytrippers and photographers because it does get very busy in the autumn. Another attraction is a new 300 -metre aerial walkway that takes you 13 metres up into the canopy.

Herne Hill, London

Photograph: WhereAngelsPlay/ GuardianWitness

After picking up a coffee in Herne Hill or breakfast at the wonderful Lido Cafe, take a stroll around Brockwell Park for wonderful views of the London skyline and beautiful autumnal colouring. One place to stay or go for a booze is the Half Moon, right on the doorstep.

Dolgoch’ rainforest ‘, north Wales

Photograph: Alamy

Snowdonia national park offer some of the richest, and most unspoilt autumnal panoramas in the world. The Talyllyn Railway spoils guests not just with a seven-mile excursion from the Tywyn seafront up the beautiful Fathew valley towards the peak of Cader Idris on steam trains, but also gives direct access to the autumnal majesty of the Dolgoch Falls and Nant Gwernol woodland. Alighting at Dolgoch station and in accordance with the waymarked trails, guests are soon amid the valley’s temperate rainforest habitat, sometimes referred to as the Celtic Rainforest, surrounded by ancient trees and carpets of moss and ferns. This habitat is full of life and, in autumn, the landscape incandescences in lush greens and golden browns.

Peebles, Scotland

Photograph: Alamy

The glorious town of Peebles, an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh, is scenic at all times of year but, come early October, the trees that surround the cities explosion into a riot of colour. For close-ups of huge samples( including the caramel-smelling Japanese katsura tree) visit the nearby superb Dawyck botanic gardens( adult PS6. 50, child free ), which has an excellent coffeehouse. Peebles itself has a top-notch coffee shop/ chocolate boutique, Cocoa Black.
Gavin Pearson


Cinque Terre, Italy

Photograph: Getty Images

Autumn is the best season to see and sense the explosion of colourings in the lumbers and routes high above the Mediterranean as you walk from one township in Italy’s Cinque Terre to another. The Sentiero Azzurro connects the villages between Monterosso al Mare and Riomaggiore over 12 km and will take you from shady copses sheltered by red- and gold-leafed trees to deep green olive orchards before you emerge into sunlit walkways with the opinions of the shimmering ocean. However, some of the road is closed at present( most famously the Via del’Amore at Riomaggiore, reopening in 2019) due to landslides, and in autumn there are often closures as wet weather damages paths. On some parts there’s a charge if EUR5-EUR 7 to use the route- the money helps with repair bills.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Photograph: Pintai Suchachaisri/ Getty Images

Autumn is a genuinely special time to visit Lake Bled. The intense fall colours of the surrounding mounds are mirrored in the lake with its fairytale faith island. The walk around the pond is wonderful but the views are even more stunning from Bled Castle, which sits on a high crag overlooking the whole glorious scene. Out of season, Bled remains a hidden gem. We visited in October and had this incredible scenery almost completely to ourselves.

Transylvania’s Piatra Craiului mountains

Photograph: Alamy

One October, I travelled in the spectacular Transylvanian countryside of Brasov and the Carpathian mountains. At this time, when the leaves are turning and the crowds thinning, the Piatra Craiului mountain range is great to explore. The roads are recognized clearly and up high are views that you would expect to lure multitudes of visitors. Not in this place.
Mitchell Fung

Finnish Lapland

Photograph: Getty Images

A cycling trip in Finland , north of the Arctic Circle, in September is improbably colorful. Autumn is one of the eight seasons for the indigenous Sami people: is high time to round up their free-roaming reindeer. The Finnish word for autumn colouring is ruska : it’s the time when silver birches turn amber, the forest storey becomes thick with jewel-coloured blueberries and lingonberries, and mountain ash is heavy with scarlet berries. All this is set against a backdrop of evergreen firs, the taiga stretching from Norway to Siberia, and the silver of Finland’s 180,000 lakes, soon to turn white with ice and snow. The midnight sky joins in too, illuminated with the greens and reds of the northern lights.


Dorset Lookout Tower, near Toronto

Photograph: Alamy

Ontario’s Muskoka region is Toronto’s great outdoors, boasting cherry-red granite outcrops, tumbling rivers and cascades, and some of the most dramatic autumn colours on countries around the world. East of Bracebridge, highway 117 passes through bewitching dapples of ruby-red and golden light under beech, birch, maple and poplar. Before you reach Dwight, climb the Dorset Lookout Tower, 142 metres above the Lake of Bays. From up here, the canopy is an autumnal quilt reaching to the horizon, freshening the eyes and invigorating the feeling.

Adirondack mountains, New York State

Keene Valley. Photograph: Kerrie Ann Kirkwood/ GuardianWitness

From an easy, well-marked pull-off on Route 73 in the Keene Valley( three miles south of Saint Huberts and not far from Lake Placid ), a half-mile trail leads through deciduous woodland to the shores of the stunning, if patently named Round Pond. The region, in north New York State near the Vermont state line, is about five hours’ drive from New York City, and there are plenty of fine places to bide and lots of hiking roads.
Kerrie Ann Kirkwood

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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