The Most Instagrammable Places In The UK To Visit During Autumn
Monday 30th September 2019
By Team Camplify
Autumn in the UK… bright colours and thick woodland to explore on a long walk, followed by a cosy caravan evening in a campsite nearby… and uploading your pictures to social media.
From north to south, east to west, you can take your pick of where to go for your autumn holiday. Here are our top Most Instagrammable Places In The UK To Visit During Autumn, plus details of where to stay nearby with your caravan, campervan or motorhome. (Don’t have a caravan? Hire one on Camplify to get out on the road this autumn.)
The New Forest, Hampshire and Wiltshire
Proclaimed a Royal Forest in the 11th century, the New Forest has long been a beautiful woodland destination for walks and other activities in southern England. It became the New Forest National Park in 2005.
The forest covers the southwest part of Hampshire and the southeast part of Wiltshire, making up one of the biggest portions of unenclosed forest, heathland and pasture in southern England.Attractions include the maritime museum Buckler’s Hard, the New Forest Wildlife Park, the New Forest Reptile Centre and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
Visit Exbury Gardens in the forest to see autumn colours at their finest: this famous garden across the river from Bucklers Hard covers 200 acres of woodland. Parts to look out for include the national collection of Nyssa trees, which are stunning in autumn and perfect for an Instagram post.
Lytton Lawn Touring Park, part of the Shorefield Holidays group, is a quiet space over eight acres of parkland, just south of the New Forest a mile from the seaside town of Milford on Sea. Christchurch and Bournemouth are easily reached from here, and you can even get to the Isle of Wight for day trip via the ferry at nearby Lymington.
Managed by the National Trust, Glendurgan Garden near Falmouth is probably one of the most famous gardens in Cornwall. There are three valleys to explore and the garden eventually leads down to the hamlet and sheltered beach of Durgan on the Helford River. Children will love the cherry laurel maze puzzle too, where there’s a summerhouse to rest in after arriving at the centre.
Autumn activities at Glendurgan Garden run from 19 October to 3 November (excluding Mondays 21 and 28 October). These include an autumn colour trail, willow crown making, and an outdoor photo frame decorated with seasonal colours, where you can pose for photos with family and friends. Definitely one for Instagram – and the Glendurgan team would love to be tagged in your post too.
Touring pitches near Glendurgan Garden
Retanna Holiday Park is a quiet and family run touring park between Falmouth and Heston, a short drive from Glendurgan Garden. It’s the same distance from the park to Trebah Garden, the sub-tropical garden laid out by the Fox family who built Glendurgan, and close to lots of other Cornwall attractions like Pendennis Castle, Porthleven and Poldark Mine & The Cornish Heritage Collection.
The park has a modern facilities block, free hot showers, a family games room, a playground and a shop. The price for tourers from 1 September 2019 is £18.50 a night (for one unit and two adults), with extra adults charged at £3.50 and children at £2. Electric hook-up is available for an extra £2.
The Yorkshire Arboretum, North Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Arboretum, part of The Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, is a beautiful 120-acre site of parkland, lakes and ponds North Yorkshire. It houses around 6000 trees from all around the globe, carefully cultivated over decades to thrive in the British climate, and includes the 15-acre Ray Wood woodland garden and its network of paths. The arboretum’s newly set up Tree Health Centre is the first in the UK.
Autumn at the Yorkshire Arboretum sees a spectacular display of colour around the grounds, along with plenty of seasonal events such as Ray Wood Autumn Tours and a fungi foray. If you’re a social media addict, these might be the most impressive Instagram photos you’ll take anywhere in the UK – you can get married at the Yorkshire Arboretum too.
Touring pitches near the Yorkshire Arboretum
Just to the south of the arboretum, Harton Caravans is a family run farm seven miles from York, outside the quiet little hamlet of Harton a mile from the A64. It has excellent reviews, heated shower and toilet facilities, a games room, free wifi and dog walks and an exercise area.
If you’re coming with kids, you might want to book a holiday here in spring too, when families can join in with farm activities such as farm walks, egg collecting, lamb feeding and campfire sessions.
The magnificent Galloway Forest Park is recommended for a holiday at any time of year, but particularly in autumn when its colours are at their finest.
This is the biggest forest park in Britain and was the UK’s first designated Dark Sky Reserve for the clearness of its skies and quality of its stargazing. Its 300 square miles have lots to occupy all tastes on a caravan or campervan holiday: you can try hillwalking around the Galloway Hills, rock climbing and ice climbing, mountain biking on the famous 7 stanes, and of course walking along the forest trails under the autumn leaves.
Touring pitches near Galloway Forest Park
Book your caravan pitch at Loch Ken Holiday Park, near Castle Douglas and right beside Galloway Forest Park, for a scenic autumn break by beautiful Loch Ken. This is a green and well equipped park where the owners take pride in keeping everything as clean and modern as possible.
Facilities at the park include boat hire, a football pitch, an adventure playground, free wifi and a 24-hour tourist information room. The park shop sells daily newspapers, camping equipment and fishing tackle and bait along with general groceries.
Don’t just go to Windermere when you’re visiting the Lake District; make time too for Sizergh Gardens. This lavish 1600-acre estate of woodland, orchards and limestone pasture is at the gateway to the Lake District and surrounds a medieval mansion house that’s been home to generations of the same family for centuries.
Visit Sizergh in autumn to take a guided garden tour (until 31 October), see the orchard trees laden with fruit, take pictures of the blazing colours of the limestone rock garden, and try the estate’s autumn harvest in spiced toffee apple cake or squash soup at the café.
While you’re in the Lake District, also take the walk up High Dam from the village of Finsthwaite, past birch, oak and conifer trees to views of a tree-lined tarn from the top.
Touring pitches near Sizergh Gardens
Also prime for autumn Instagram posts, Fell End Caravan Park is an award winning five-star park over 28 acres of woodland, pasture and landscaped garden. It’s in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a short drive from more autumn scenery at the Forest of Bowland.
There’s lots to do here after your autumn walks in Sizergh Gardens, as the park has its own nature reserve, a new leisure centre with indoor pool, fitness centre and indoor pool, an indoor soft play area and a bar and restaurant serving meals all day.
A much-photographed British autumn scenes, Lime Avenue in Cheshire’s Marbury Country Park is an excellent choice if your caravan tour takes you to England’s northwest.
Once a grand estate, Marbury Country Park is now in the Northwich Community Woodlands in the Mersey Forest which covers 420 square miles from Sefton north of Liverpool to Northwich in Cheshire. The country park’s lime avenue and arboretum date back to the mid 19th century when Marbury was a grand estate and its house was modelled on the French château at Fontainebleau.
Walk down the lime avenue for your Instagram images, then venture out to the parkland and trails of the surrounding Northwich Woodlands, where there are paths suitable for families, cyclists and horse riders. Marbury Country Park also connects to the North Cheshire Way and several national cycling routes.
Touring pitches near Marbury Country Park
Book a convenient stay adjacent to the Mersey Forest at Blakemere Touring Caravan Park under seven miles from Marbury Country Park, voted Best Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park in Cheshire at the 2019 Marketing Cheshire awards.
This countryside park is part of Blakemere Village, a leisure village with over 30 boutique shops, a miniature railway, adventure playpark, microbrewery, archery range, and antiques market plus activities including Segay rides and falconry displays.
The touring part of the park has large pitches, a spacious shower and toilet block, a reception with shop and a games and chill-out zone. A licensed shop, bar, real ale shop, children’s movie afternoons and Friday fish and chips are all available too.
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