Dazzling displays of autumn colour

Why do you love autumn? Whether it's enjoying a walk in a spectacular landscape of autumn colour or spending time with friends and family jumping in fallen leaves, there are plenty of reasons to love this time of year. So why not take a walk through an incredible landscape of colour this autumn and discover shiny conkers and invigorating fresh air with all the family. Here are our top autumn destinations.

Woodland in September on the estate at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire.

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

The celebrated garden, with its sweeping avenues and classical statues, enjoys an array of foliage in shades of red and gold, making a beautiful backdrop to an autumn walk.

Ticknall lime avenue at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Proving age is no barrier to beauty; vibrant autumn colours come to Calke Park during the season, home to some of the oldest trees in England. The park is also home to roaming red and fallow deer, providing a memorable sight during the autumn rut.

View across garden from the west with the cherry laurel maze in the forground at Glendurgan Garden,

Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

With its mild climate and sheltered valleys, the plants of Glendurgan take on new features in the autumn months. Southern hemisphere plants burst into flower, while the jungle-like leaves of giant rhubarb and bananas reach full size.

The lake with autumn trees at Mount Stewart House and Garden, County Down.

Mount Stewart, County Down

Beyond the garden rooms, providing coloured blooms at every turn, the woodlands of Mount Stewart come into their own. Follow the lake walk to discover the ornamental trees and shrubs in their autumn coats.

Pheasant in the vine arch in autumn in the garden at Powis Castle, Welshpool, Powys.

Powis Castle and Garden, Powys

Rising above the terraced garden and estate, this medieval fortress provides a fantastic autumnal setting. The warm colours of the castle appear to echo the rich tones of seasonal foliage.

A wooden bench is set near an Acer palmatum by the Upper Womans Way Pond at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex

Explore winding paths to enchanting lakes where even the water takes on a distinctly autumnal hue. The five linked lakes reflect the vivid autumn colours including the flaming ochres and scarlets of the Japanese maples.

Crab apples in the Orchard in September at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

Sizergh, Cumbria

One family, one estate and more than 700 years of history. Sizergh gardens are definitely worth a visit in the autumn as the seasons turn slowly towards harvest and fruitfulness. In the orchard, see the harvesting of apples, quince and Westmoreland damsons, which visitors can taste.

Stourhead lake with autumnal colour on the trees

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Visit one of the world’s finest landscape gardens and see vistas highlighted with burnished leaves and rusty colour palettes. With a lake at its centre, the garden is planned with temples and follies and a planting scheme which allows the colours to wash through the landscape of a 6-8 week period.

Enjoy a crisp walk through the woods at Wallington

Wallington, Northumberland

Explore the wonderful 18th century surroundings waiting for you in the woods this autumn. On a crisp autumn day see the leaves on the veteran trees turn from green to gold to red and brown; see if you can spot glimpses of red squirrels along the way.

Rowe's Flashe Lake at Winkworth Arboretum with autumn colours reflected in the water.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Experience a pallet of golds, browns, coppers, bronzes and reds – a treasure trove of colour that reflects in the ripples of the lake. Viewpoints placed at higher points around the arboretum let you see the waves of colour across the canopy of trees.