Posted 22nd Sep 2017 by Peter Byrne
With autumn now upon us, what better way to celebrate than to take in some of the wonderful sights that will be on offer?
These new autumn colour hotspots form part of the Forestry Commission's 'Feel Good Autumn' initiative, in partnership with mental health charity Mind. The campaign is aiming to inspire young people to spend time in the forest to boost their wellbeing, after 94 per cent of respondents to a Mind survey said green exercise had proved beneficial to their mental health.
The Forestry Commission, partnering with Mind, has developed top tips and activities to practice mindfulness in the forest.
Events and workshops will be available, from forest yoga to Nordic walking groups, guided bike rides and buggy fit, which are being held across the country to get the nation outdoors and active.
Some of the best ten secret autumn colour spots are:
1 Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean
High up on the hill, look down on the autumn landscape below as the River Wye winds beneath you.
2 Carron Crag, Grizedale
Well worth the climb, the breath-taking views from the top of Carron Crag offers up orange and bronze hues backed with beautiful moorland flora.
3 Japanese maple collection, Westonbirt Arboretum
A world re-owned autumn hotspot, with over 2,000 Japanese maples creating a perfect autumn picture.
4 Blackmere trail, Delamere Forest
Enjoy the contrasting golden larch and evergreen pine against the array of autumnal colours over Linmere Moss.
5 Marshals Lake, Bedgebury Pinetum
Watch the autumn colour reflections ripple in Marshals Lake.
6 Blackling Waterfall, Hamsterley Forest
Step off the beaten track in search of the stream, encased in autumn colour.
7 Lime Tree Avenue, Salcey Forest
Walk the length of Lime Tree Avenue and admire the golden yellow hues.
8 Callow Hill, Wyre Forest
Seek out the hundred year old whitty pear tree with its rich red coppery leaves.
9 Glenbervie Meadow, Alice Holt
Stand at the edge of the Glenbervie Meadow which stretches out in front of you framed by beautiful autumnal trees.
10 Giant redwoods, New Forest
Wonder at the magnificent redwoods, two of the largest trees in the New Forest.