Autumn colour in the East of England

Why not take a walk through an incredible landscape of colour this autumn? From beautiful browns and blazing reds, to vibrant oranges and golden yellows, here's our top places to witness nature's colour palette in its full glory.

Statue in the foreground, surrounded by autumn colour

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

Rich colours breakout throughout the gardens in the autumn, especially around the Temple and Pilgrim’s Lawns and along tree lined avenues planted by Lord Fairhaven, who made Anglesey Abbey his home. Both the riverside and circular walks visit these vibrant areas - look out for swathes of cyclamen and delightful dahlias along the way.

Autumn colours on Ashridge's trees

Ashridge, Hertfordshire 

The whole of the Chilterns area is renowned for its beech woods and Ashridge is no exception. No wonder then that our main attraction in autumn is the beeches turning from green to orange to pure gold.

Lady in a red coat taking a photo of the autumn colour

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The dazzling displays of autumn colour are abundant throughout the gardens and estate at Blickling from the oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees. Enjoy a walk around the lake to see their colour reflected in the calm waters, or head to the Great Wood in search of weird and wonderful fungi.

Autumn leaves with the sunshine lighting them up

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

The view across the Vale of Aylesbury is what makes a walk here so special, with stunning views of five counties on a clear day. Watch the vast expanse of the landscape change before your very eyes – from the mists and storms sweeping in, to the woodland turning red and golden.

Deer in the distance on Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Tucked away on the Suffolk coast, the heathland at Dunwich changes colour all year round and in the autumn takes on a new glow. With fungi emerging in all shapes and sizes, keep your eyes peeled too for red deer, you might even hear them as we head into rutting season.

A road lined with trees full of autumn colour

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

Possibly one of Norfolk's best kept secrets. The Great Wood at Felbrigg, with its eye-catching autumn foliage is quite the spectacle. Walk down the beech-lined tree avenue on the Victory V walk, where the magnificent trees tower above, creating tunnels of colour. Even the narrow winding lane aptly named 'Lion's Mouth' surely hints at the colourful treat that awaits you.

Flatford, Suffolk 

The walks from Flatford open up vistas of reds and golds, as the trees start to change colour ahead of winter. The inspiration for some of John Constable's most famous landscape paintings, we'd recommend walking along the purple trail in the autumn, taking in the changing colours at Orvis Wood.

A view of Ickworth rotunda with trees full of autumn colour in the foreground

Ickworth, Suffolk 

For the best of the autumn colour, head for the Albana walk where the maples, chestnut, beech and oak trees range from bright yellow to deep red at this time of year. Alternatively follow the red route and enjoy a walk through Lownde Wood for great views back to the house, taking in the colours or the park.

Sunset at Blakeney with boats in the foreground

Norfolk Coast 

With the changing colours of the saltmarsh, the morning and evening flights of the pink-footed geese and the autumn light, a walk along the Norfolk Coast Path is a real feast for the senses. The sunsets here are also at their best in the autumn, turning the landscape golden.

Oxburgh Hall with the trees in autumn colour

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

Come and appreciate the changing of the seasons at Oxburgh and the colour of the estate at this time of year. Walk to our stunning copper beech tree on the South Lawn and contemplate it's beauty from the bench below, or stroll through the Wilderness and its colourful tree lined avenue.