Where to experience autumn, this autumn

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As we speedily approach the end of August, it isn’t just the temperature that’s dropping. En-route to Sykes Cottages HQ this morning, a little puffy-eyed, I notice that the leaves are beginning to turn orange, crinkle and fall, clear evidence, I conclude, that autumn is a-knocking. And this gets me thinking: Where‘s the best place in the UK to see the loveliest leaves?

You see, I love autumn leaves. They transform the most humdrum street or garden into an autumnal wonderland, plus, kicking through a vast mound of them is always quite good sport. Thus, I’ve come up with a shortlist of my Top 3 autumn holiday destinations where you’ll find millions of them, and included a few reasons why each would be the ideal base from which to enjoy a cosy, leafy cottage holiday this autumn. What’s more, here at Sykes Cottages, we’re currently holding our splendid autumn sale, with up to 20% off selected cottages on weeks between 30th August and 26th October 2013. Read on to find out where to experience the best bits of this most underrated of seasons!


New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England

The New Forest National Park is one of the UK’s largest forested areas. That means a lot of leaves. It also means a wonderfully tranquil autumn holiday destination boasting an array of invigorating outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and horse riding, but we’ll forget about those for the time being, we’re all about the foliage. The park plays host to a mind-boggling multitude of habitats including ancient pasture woodland, coniferous plantations and wet, dry and boggy heathland, all of which are given an enchanting burnt orange hue when autumn comes around. So if you’d like to experience the true beauty of the coming season, a holiday cottage near the New Forest may be the ideal place to do so. We’ve a number of cottages nearby such as the Merrie Thought Cottage and Swift Cottage, offering you a welcoming home-from-home when you tire of sightseeing in the golden, autumnal surroundings.


The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Autumn in The Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and canoeists, who gather below the forest’s leafy canopy year in, year out to enjoy the delights of this glorious woodland. And what better time to plan your trip to the Forest of Dean than in the autumn, when the Sweet Chestnut, Oak and Beech trees litter the forest floor with their beautiful russet-gold leaves. Experience it for yourself this autumn with one of our nearby self-catering cottages such as the Wye Valley Cottage in Symonds Yat, which offers a beautiful location just 200 yards from the banks of the River Wye. Or, take a look at the illustrious Ingleside Cottage, a characterful house in the charming hamlet of Adsett on the cusp of this beautiful and sprawling forest.


Grizedale Forest, Lake District

The Lake District
Grizedale Forest in the Lake District may just be the perfect place to enjoy a soothing holiday this coming autumn. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, this tranquil woodland is sure to impress with its delicate mosaic of autumnal hues. What’s more, it’s easily accessible from the popular heritage towns of Coniston and Windermere, where you’ll find a number of our delightful Lake District holiday cottages. The forest is a favoured day-trip destination for locals, who travel there to enjoy the stimulating walking trails of Bogle Crag and Grizedale Tarn, as well as woodland cycle routes such as the Hawkshead Moor Trail and  the Silurian Way. There’s culture in the forest too in the form of a myriad of inspiring sculptures, installed as part of the Forest Art Works scheme, which can be found scattered throughout the park, making Grizedale Forest a must for those longing to absorb some local culture and get away from it all this autumn on a well-earned seasonal cottage holiday.

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