Autumn colour in the North East

Explore an incredible landscape of colour this autumn. From beautiful browns and flaming reds to vibrant oranges and golden yellows, here are the top places in the North East to take in the changing autumn colour.

Visitor walking towards the chapel at Gibside in autumn

See a kaleidoscope of colour at Gibside  

Explore the woodland and parkland at Gibside and see a kaleidoscope of autumn colour. Wander through the garden to the orangery, crunch through the leaves on a stroll towards the atmospheric ruins of the hall and admire the shades of orange, yellow and red as you walk along the tree-lined Avenue.

A burn and coniferous forest and its reflection in a lake

Discover Cragside's green woodlands 

The Cragside estate has over seven million trees and shrubs, many of which are evergreens that really stand out from the crowd during autumn when other trees are changing colour and losing their leaves. Don't miss the Pinetum, full of towering conifers - it's a special place at this time of year and the perfect spot for an atmospheric wander.

Enjoy a crisp walk through the woods at Wallington

Enjoy an autumn walk at Wallington  

Walk beneath the changing colours in the woods at Wallington and see them reflected in the still ponds as you soak up the autumnal sunshine. Don't miss the vibrant red, yellow and orange maples tucked away in a quiet corner of the East Wood. Look out for red squirrels playing in the trees too - they're easier to spot when the leaves start to fall.

Sunrise over Fox Holes near Easington Colliery, County Durham

Discover colour on the Durham Coast  

With gentler sunlight, autumn is a a great time of year for photography on the Durham Coast, while autumn sunrises are often stunning. Head a couple of miles inland to Hawthorn Dene and you'll find colourful mushrooms and spectacular green moss along the branches of the trees, against a backdrop of evergreen Hart's Tongue Fern and Broad Buckler Fern.

Allen Banks in autumn

Soak up the colours of autumn at Allen Banks  

Take in the spectacular colour of the autumn leaves at Allen Banks and look out for the huge range of rare fungi that grow there - it's one of the best places in Northumberland for fungi spotting. The walk to Staward Pele gives stunning views over the gorge and you might catch a glimpse of animals preparing for hibernation amongst the trees.

Families walking in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Explore Seaton Delaval Hall this autumn 

Seaton Delaval Hall's garden is a great place to see the changing colours of autumn. Witness the transformation of the hedges in the parterre as the autumnal colour starts to creep in, watch the leaves fall from the weeping ash and see the harvest time changes at the community kitchen gardens.

Two ladies looking at alpacas in a field at Cherryburn

Take in the changing colours at Cherryburn  

Stretch your legs at Cherryburn and witness the changing colours along the Tyne Valley. Watch the progress of autumn as the leaves of the huge beech tree on the lawn gradually change colour, say hello to the friendly animals in the farmyard and take in the oranges, reds and browns of autumn all across the valley.

A snow bunting perched on a rock

Explore the autumn colour at The Leas  

You might be surprised at how much the coast changes during the autumn but The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park are full of colour at this time of year. As well as the coastal light changing, migrating birds begin to arrive, the leaves of the silver birch and beech trees turn their autumn shade and shrubs like blackthorn, hawthorn and sea buckthorn start to bear their colourful fruit.

Two walkers under Sycamore Gap

Enjoy autumn colour along Hadrian's Wall  

Head out along a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy stunning sunsets with colourful autumnal backdrops along Hadrian's Wall. Take a stroll from Housesteads along to Sycamore Gap, looking out for wildlife, fungi and wild flowers as you go. Forget about the time as you enjoy the peace and quiet and far-reaching views.