Autumn colour at Sizergh

An autumn visit to the rock garden

The new season brings lots of opportunities to boost your wellbeing while enjoying the places you love. Get out for a crisp woodland walk and listen to the rustle of fallen leaves, or take in the beauty of the changing colours in the tranquility of the garden.

From green to gold

As the weather gets a little chillier, the colour palette begins to shift in the limestone rock garden. By October, the Japanese maple trees are ablaze with colour, ranging from deep butter yellow through to burnt oranges and reds.

 

Japanese maple trees ablaze with colour at Sizergh
Autumn colour at Sizergh
Japanese maple trees ablaze with colour at Sizergh

Scented borders

Following on from the Rock Garden, you’ll find the herbaceous border offering autumn flowering perennials at their best. Don’t miss the sweet smell of Japanese Katsura which is reminiscent of toffee apples.
 

Take in the sights and scents around you in the stumpery
visitor enjoying the sights of autumn in the garden
Take in the sights and scents around you in the stumpery

 

 

Orchard offerings

You'll find over 65, many rare and unusual, varieties of apple in the orchard.The harvest is utilised in our café with surplus fruit donated to Waste into Wellbeing, a local charity providing meals for those in need in the local community.

Volunteer Tony harvesting apples in Sizergh's orchards

Crisp woodland walks

In late September, damsons will be ripe and ready for picking through Holeslack and sweet chestnuts will appear on the ancient trees along Ashbank Lane.

Views from Helsington Barrows and Church Fell make great photo opportunities, displaying changing tree colour as the season moves through October. You'll notice leaves falling from oak, hazel, birch and chestnut trees.

For each trail, follow the signs in the car park. Our welcome team are on hand if you need directions and maps are available from the visitor centre.

Sizergh walking routes

Wildlife highlights

Spot salmon leaping and Norway maple acer trees turning vibrant shades of yellow and orange along the River Kent in mid-October.

If you’re lucky you might spot roe deer early in the morning on Sizergh Fell.

Listen out for the bellowing of the red deer at Sizergh this autumn
Red deer in the shelter of woodland at Sizergh
Listen out for the bellowing of the red deer at Sizergh this autumn
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