Autumn colour at Belton House
The magical misty mornings and crisp, clear days of autumn are an ideal time to enjoy the wonderful succession of changing colours at Belton.
Rustle your way through autumn leaves and enjoy the gorgeous golds and yellows of the lime trees along the cobbled drive. Closer to the house, rich ruby and russet creepers clad the honey-coloured walls of the West Courtyard, where the sharp but sweet aroma of ripening quince lingers in the air.
Exploring hidden corners
Behind the Orangery, Nottingham medlar trees are laden with fruit. A popular dessert in Victorian times, medlars were traditionally left on the tree to get overripe or 'bletted'. With early frosts, they become soft and taste surprisingly like a combination of plums and custard.
Stroll past the church gate and turn to enjoy the symmetry of yew topiary framing a classic view of the north of the house.
Go further afield
Take a stroll along the Statue Walk to the generously sized oak bench inspired by an original design from the 1890s. There's plenty of room for groups and families to sit together for a photo opportunity.
Enjoy the superb views of Bellmount Tower, then meander along winding wooded paths to the tranquil lakeshore. The fishing lodge makes a picture-perfect photo location, and on sunny days is a superb place for bird watching.
Catch a glimpse of the rut
Enjoy wonderful views over open parkland. Delight in the rustic glory of the East Avenue with its magnificent horse chestnut and lime trees.
You might catch a fleeting glimpse of a majestic buck with a full set of antlers and gleaming coat. Listen out for the husky bark of a buck trying to catch the attention of the female does.
Head back towards the house along sheltered paths via the Mirror Pond and a variety of specimen trees including a weeping beech, a twisted willow, and magnificent cedars.
Seasonal fun for families
Contrasting textures, shapes, colours and sounds engage the senses, making a rich and memorable autumn experience for all ages.
Collect leaves, twigs and conkers as mementos or as part of a '50 things' adventure. Use them for some nature identification or a creative project when you get home.
Autumn treats and warming drinks
Round off your seasonal experience with some tasty treats in the Stables Cafe. Enjoy some delicious home baking or a warming hot chocolate.