The best places to see autumn colour
You can't beat an autumn stroll - crisp air, falling leaves, the gentle warmth of the sun and, of course, the stunning array of vibrant colours. Here are some of the best places to see autumn colours around Polesden Lacey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And after a lovely autumn stroll, what could be nicer than warming up with hot chocolate and a slice of cake in the Coffee Shop.