Autumn days at Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary estate in autumn

Autumn is a season of riches and plenty at Lytes Cary. Pull on your boots and let’s get out to explore.

The garden is just as beautiful as ever, as autumn’s purples, reds and oranges take hold. The West Terrace and garden in particular are planted with year-round colour in mind, so if you think your own garden is a bit dull after summer’s glories, come and be inspired.

You might see one of our gardeners hedge-cutting – there are two and a half miles of hedge in this garden, which has to be cut regularly to keep it in trim.

Glorious autumn colour
The garden and estate at Lytes Cary Manor
Glorious autumn colour

Seed heads attract insects and birds and the orchards with their ripening fruit showcase the glories of the season. Take advantage of the last lingering days – it might even be warm enough to pause awhile in the newly planted cherry orchard. Is it really too late for a picnic? Maybe not; you can always head over to the café and takeaway a warming cuppa afterwards.

But don’t forget the wider estate at Lytes, which is home to plethora of wildlife; you’ll need to be alert to catch the flash of kingfisher’s wings or quiet to marvel at the stillness of a heron fishing.

You might spot the ranger team cutting back foliage around some of the ponds on the estate; summer’s growth has done its work providing habitats for Great Crested Newts and dragon and damselflies. And it looks like a good year for blackberries and sloes, so don’t forget to pick up some paper bags from reception for a spot of foraging.


Off on an adventure

If you venture off the beaten track and into the woodland, you might discover the Lytes Cary Explorers’ Trail.  For any adventurers working through the National Trust’s '50 things' list, you’ll be able to tick off quite a few.

As well as the Explorers’ Trail, there are two other wayward marked walks on the estate that little legs could manage, as they are all between a mile and a mile and a half.

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.

Two children running through a patch of daffodils

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.