The best places to see autumn colour at Polesden Lacey

Trees with green, orange, yellow and red leaves on a neatly mowed lawn.

There’s nothing better than a stroll in the autumn – the crisp air, the falling leaves, the gentle warmth of the sun and of course, the array of vibrant colours. Here are some of the best places to see autumn colours around Polesden Lacey.

South Lawn

Walk out onto the South Lawn and, surrounded by the expanse of quiet green space, take in the majestic view of Ranmore Common, the foliage of the ancient woodland alight with autumn colour. The diverse range of tree species on the common creates a patchwork of deep reds, vivid oranges and striking yellows until late October. At this time of year it’s easy to understand why this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Take in the sweeping view over Ranmore Common
A view of autumn trees on Ranmore Common
Take in the sweeping view over Ranmore Common

The Upper Sunk Garden

Make your way to the Upper Sunk Garden, just beyond the croquet lawn, which will be full of shades of fiery red from the smokebush, sumach and acer griseum, to contrast with the butter yellow of the delicate tulip trees.

Long Walk

Notice the fiery backdrop of Caucasian maple as you wander down the Long Walk towards the colonnades. The ground will be carpeted in fallen leaves in a spectrum of red and orange, and the benches along the walk provide a peaceful place to soak in the striking view across the valley.

Take a seat and take in the view
The view down Long Walk at Polesden Lacey
Take a seat and take in the view

Weeping Elm Lawn

Look out for the full range of dramatic autumn colours on the sweet gum tree on the Weeping Elm Lawn, next to the orchard. This one tree displays the full spectrum of seasonal colour. See how its leaves change from summer’s bright green and yellow, to autumn’s orange, red and finally a rich deep purple. 

Preserve Copse

Take a walk through Perserve Copse, where a variety of Acer trees colour beautifully throughout the season. You’ll see their striking pointed leaves in varying shades of scarlet red, dark burgundy and mellow orange as you stroll in the dappled sunlight.

Take one of our way-marked walks around the estate
A bridge surrounded by autumnal trees
Take one of our way-marked walks around the estate

Wider estate

If you're feeling more adventurous, take a walk out on our wider estate. With 1400 acres to explore, including 200 acres of ancient woodland, there's plenty of colours to see and you'll be rewarded with some beautiful views.

There are four way-marked routes around the estate, and you can pick up a walks leaflet with more information about them from visitor reception. Or you can download a walking trail from our website - we recommend the Polesden Lacey big walk. 

Walking trail

The Polesden Lacey big walk 

This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common with fantastic views over Denbies Hillside that can be enjoyed at any time of year.

And after such a lovely autumn stroll, what could be nicer than warming up with hot chocolate and a slice of cake in the Cowshed Coffee Shop.

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