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Where to Photograph Autumn Colours in England

We are attempting to list a range of places where photographers can photograph Autumn Colours in England. This is the start of a list that we hope will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes: WT = Woodland Trust, NT = National Trust

Autumn Colours

Near

County

NGR

Website Link

Notes

BEDFORDSHIRE

Swineshead & Spanoak Woods

Swineshead, Kimbolton

BDF

TL060668

WT

Oak, ash, blackthorn, guelder rose and more.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Cowleaze

Stokenchurch

BKM

SU699900

Cowleaze

 

Hodgemoor

Chalfont St Giles

BKM

SU968938

Hodgemoor

 

Penn Wood

Penn Street, Amersham

BKM

SU914959

WT

Beech, oak, mixed con. Parking, good tracks

Wendover Woods

Aylesbury

BKM

SP890090

Wendover Woods

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Anglesey Abbey

Cambridge

CAM

TL531622

NT

 

Southey Wood

Peterborough

CAM

TF111025

Southey Wood

 

Wimpole Hall

Royston

CAM

TL335510

NT

 

CHESHIRE

Delamere Forest Park

Northwich

CHS

SJ546712

Delamere Forest Park

 

Snidley Moor

Frodsham

CHS

SJ513752

WT

Birch, oak. Good access, paths & parking

Woodhouse Hill

Frodsham

CHS

SJ510754

WT

Scheduled ancient monument, good paths, access, parking

CORNWALL

Kings Wood

London Apprentice, nr. St. Austell

COW

SX007487 

WT

Stunning wood - mature oak, beech. Walks, views, sea and villages near by

Lanhydrock

Bodmin

COW

SX084637

NT

 

Lydford

Launceston

COW

SX497851

Lydford

 

Milltown and Lantyan Woods

Milltown, nr. Lostwithiel

COW

SX110571 

WT

Good colour, lovely setting. Fowey River close, wildlife

CUMBERLAND

Ennerdale

Ennerdale

CUL

NY109153

Ennerdale

 

Milton Rigg Woods 

Brampton

CUL

NY559612

WT

Oak from here used to rebuild part of York Minster roof in the 1980s

Miterdale

Whitehaven

CUL

NY146012

Miterdale

 

Whinlatter Forest Park

Keswick

CUL

NY200199

Whinlatter Forest Park

 

DERBYSHIRE
Calke Abbey Derby DBY SK367226 NT rolling parkland with woodland and national nature reserve
Chatsworth House Matlock DBY SK260701 Own  
The National Forest Swadlincote DBY SK299197 National Forest 200 square miles of the Midlands, in parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
DEVON

Abbeyford

Okehampton

DEV

SX589976

Abbeyford

 

Avon Woods 

Woodleigh

DEV

SX732490

WT

Ancient wood, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, car parking difficult 

Becky Falls Bovey Tracy DEV SX761800 Own Waterfall surrounded by woodland

Buck’s & Keivill’s Wood

Buck's Mills, Newton Ferrers

DEV

SS352235

WT

Walks link to North Devon coast path. Colour on both sides of valley, fabulous views

Cardinham

Bodmin

DEV

SX100667

Cardinham

 

Hardwick Wood 

Plymouth, nr.Plymouth

DEV

SX530556 

WT

Mainly woodland, good views down River Plym, circular walk

Higher Knowle Wood 

Lustleigh, Bovey Tracey

DEV

SX792808

WT

Ancient wood, no parking

Hisley Wood 

Lustleigh, Bovey Tracey

DEV

SX778803

WT

Site of Special Scientific Interest, good paths, views

Houndtor Wood

Lustleigh, Bovey Tracey

DEV

SX770802

WT

Ancient wood in Dartmoor National Park. No parking

Knightshayes Court

Tiverton

DEV

SS960151

NT

 

Lydford Gorge Tavistock DEV SX509845 NT oak-wooded steep-sided river gorge

Newton Wood 

Newton Ferrers

DEV

SX545488

WT

Pretty, undisturbed wood by River Yealm, Heritage Coast. Good views, wildlife, no parking

Pullabrook Wood

Lustleigh, Bovey Tracey

DEV

SX784797 

WT

Ancient wood in Dartmoor National Park, good views

Shaptor Woods 

Bovey Tracey

DEV

SX811805

WT

Ancient wood, good views, wildlife interest

Steart, Loggins & Walland Woods

Buck’s Mills,

DEV

SS354230

WT

Good walks and views

Stoke Woods

Exeter

DEV

SX919959

Stoke Woods

 

Watersmeet Lynton & Lynmouth DEV SS747486 NT River gorge with 40 miles of ancient woodland as well as waterfalls.

Westbrook House Woods

Bampton

DEV

SS938215

Own

 

Whitleigh Wood 

Plymouth, Whitleigh, nr. Tamerton Foliot

DEV

SX478601 

WT

Great views, wildlife interest, limited parking nearby

DURHAM

Black Plantation 

Lanchester

DUR

NZ136449

WT

Mostly birch, good paths, wildlife

Hamsterley

Durham

DUR

NZ091312

Hamsterley

 

Pontburn Woods 

Rowlands Gill

DUR

NZ145551

WT

Beech trees give good colour

Reach Wood 

Washington

DUR

NZ319542 

WT

Ancient wood, wildlife interest

ESSEX

Epping Forest

Loughton

ESS

TQ415984

LonTown

 

Hainault Forest 

Romford

ESS

TQ473936

WT

Fantastic colours on hornbeams, paths.

Thames Chase Community Forest

Romford

ESS

TQ584862

Community Forest

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Batsford Arboretum

Moreton in Marsh

GLS

SP181336

Own

 

Forest Of Dean

Cinderford

GLS

SO624114

Forest Of Dean

 

Laycombe Wood 

Wotton-under-Edge

GLS

ST763954 

WT

Steep site, mature beech, great views

Lineover Wood 

Dowdeswell

GLS

SO987189 

WT

Spectacular views, steep site, great colours

Parish & Oldhills Wood 

Chalford

GLS

SO909030 

WT

Beech gives wonderful colour

Penn Wood

King’s Stanley

GLS

SO821024 

WT

Great views, mixed bl, mixed con

Stanley Wood

King’s Stanley

GLS

SO805019 

WT

Splendid views, wildlife interest.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Tetbury

GLS

ST851898

Westonbirt

Wiki

 

HAMPSHIRE

America Wood 

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

HAM

SZ567820

WT

Oakes and brown bracken so good colour. Parking difficult

Exbury Gardens Southampton HAM SU424002 Own  

New Forest

Brockenhurst

HAM

SU297082

New Forest

 

Upperbarn & Crowdhill Copses

Fisher's Pond

HAM

SU484202

WT

Beech colours, good walking, parking difficult (ask at pub which serves food)

Valley Park Woods 

Chandler’s Ford

HAM

SU424210 

WT

Yew & beech trees, so very pretty. Local pub

HERTFORDSHIRE

Harrocks Wood 

Rickmansworth, Watford

HRT

TQ066977 

WT

Looks great in autumn, good paths.

Tring Park 

Tring

HRT

SP929102

WT

Great colours, paths, wildlife, views

KENT

Hucking Estate 

Hollingbourne

KEN

TQ843575 

WT

Always worth a visit, good paths, good views 

Scotney Castle

Tunbridge Wells

KEN

TQ687353

NT

7 Wonders of the Weald

 

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Cranbrook

KEN

TQ808383

NT

7 Wonders of the Weald

 

LANCASHIRE

Grizedale Forest Park

Hawkshead

LAN

SD331944

Grizedale Forest

 

Horrocks Woods

Bolton

LAN

SD698128

Horrocks Woods

 

Moss & Height Spring Wood 

Bouth

LAN

SD324863

WT

Surfaced track through wood, coppiced areas. Pub in village

Viridor Wood

Wigan

LAN

SD598007

Viridor Wood

 

LONDON

Hampstead Heath

Highgate Road, Camden

LDN

TQ266867

LonTown

 

Hyde Park

London

LDN

TQ272803

Own

 

Victoria Park

Hackney

LDN

TQ362838

LonTown

 

LEICESTERSHIRE
Beacon Hill Country Park Loughborough LEI SK515143 Own ancient woodland and joins The Outwoods
The Outwoods Loughborough LEI SK514159 Own Ancient woodland

Martinshaw Wood 

Ratby & Groby

LEI

SK510072 

WT

Ancient wood, wildlife, parking 

The National Forest Ashby de la Zouch LEI SK306197 National Forest 200 square miles of the Midlands, in parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

Willesley Wood

Ashby de la Zouch 

LEI

SK335142 

WT

Marshland, grassland, wildlife

LINCOLNSHIRE

Chambers Farm Wood

Bardney

LIN

TF158743

Chambers Wood

 

Dalby Forest

Thornton-Le-Dale

LIN

SE855878

Dalby Forest

 

High Wood

North Rauceby

LIN

TF010463 

WT

Mainly woodland, 7 parking spaces

Owlet Plantation

Blyton

LIN

SK830950 

WT

Mixed woodland, car parking

Temple Wood

Bourne

LIN

TF058299

Temple Wood

 

The Pinewoods 

Woodall Spa

LIN

TF193632 

WT

Mixed woodland, well worth a visit

Wakerley Great Wood

Corby

LIN

SP961987

Wakerley Great Wood

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

Chopwell Woodland Park

Gateshead

NBL

NZ137586

Chopwell Woodland Park

 

Cragside

Morpeth

NBL

NU070027

NT

 

Holystone

Newcastle

NBL

NT951026

Holystone

 

Kielder

Hexham

NBL

NY632934

Kielder

Own

 

N0RFOLK

Everdon Stubbs 

Daventry

NFK

SP605566 

WT

Wild cherry, hornbeam, beech, top views

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden South Walsham NFK TG372133 Own 131 acres of ancient woodland and water gardens

Old Wood

Sheringham

NFK

TG159412 

WT

Lots of conifers, but good walks, views of the sea

Reffley Wood 

King’s Lynn

NFK

TF655218 

WT

Bl/con mix, difficult parking

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve

Wansford

NTH

TF038005

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve

 

Bourne Woods

Bourne

NTH

TF075201

Bourne Woods

 

Fermyn Woods

Corby

NTH

SP953849

Fermyn Woods

 

Fineshade Wood

Corby

NTH

SP978984

Fineshade Wood

 

Hazelborough Wood

Silverstone

NTH

SP658430

Hazelborough Wood

 

Maulden Wood

Clophill

NTH

TL075390

Maulden Wood

 

Morkery Wood

Castle Bytham

NTH

SK953193

Morkery Wood

 

Salcey Forest

Hartwell

NTH

SP795514

Salcey Forest

 

Wardley Wood

Uppingham

NTH

SP833993

Wardley Wood

 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Ollerton

NTT

SK611625

Sherwood Pines Forest Park

 

OXFORDSHIRE

Shabbington

Stanton St. John 

OXF

SP612118

Shabbington

 

Stoke Wood 

Stoke Lyne

OXF

SP554277 

WT

Ancient wood, wildlife interest, good trails

SHROPSHIRE

Mortimer Forest

Ludlow

SAL

SO480730

Mortimer Forest

 

Wapley Hill Wood

Stansbatch

SAL

SO358621

Wapley Hill Wood

 

SOMERSET

Beacon Hill Wood 

Shepton Mallet

SOM

ST639459

WT

Tumuli and standing stone in centre of wood. Short access trail, parking.

Castle Neroche

Taunton

SOM

ST274157

Castle Neroche

 

Goblin Combe Cleeve SOM ST473652

Own

Wiki

A limestone gorge located on the edge of the North Somerset levels and Moors. Woodland, wetland and coastal habitats.

Great Wood

Bridgwater

SOM

ST182378

Great Wood

 

Greyfield Wood

High Littleton, Paulton

SOM

ST636583

WT

Sweet chestnut, larch – very colourful. Parking

Towerhouse Wood 

Wraxall 

SOM

ST475719 

WT

Look out for coppiced lime trees, pond wildlife. Parking difficult.

STAFFORDSHIRE

Bunker’s Hill Wood

Nr. Stourbridge

STS

SO875824 

WT

Lovely site, good views

Dimmings Dale

Alton

STS

SK0544

Dimmings Dale

 

The National Forest Burton on Trent STS SK259225 National Forest 200 square miles of the Midlands, in parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
Wallsall Arboretum Walsall STS SP019990 Own  
SUFFOLK

Thetford Forest Park

Thetford

SFK + NFK

TL813879

Thetford Forest Park

 On the Suffolk/Norfolk border

Northfield Wood 

Onehouse

SFK

TM024600 

WT

Ancient wood, mixed,  Wet wood

Priestley Wood

Barking, Needham Market

SFK

TM081530

WT

Very wet wood, limited parking

SURREY

Alice Holt Woodland Park

Farnham

SRY

SU809417

Alice Holt Woodland Park

 

Box Hill Tadworth SRY TQ171519 NT One of the best-known summits of the North Downs, with beeches and oaks and great views.

Bushey Park

Richmond upon Thames

SRY

TQ142694  

LonTown

 

Kew Gardens Richmond SRY TQ183768 Kew Autumn flowering plants as well as many trees.

Marden Park

Woldingham

SRY

TQ369539

WT

Good autumn colours, good access.

Richmond Riverside

Richmond on Thames

SRY

TQ202731

LonTown

The borough boasts over 14,000 trees

Virginia Water Sunningdale SRY SU971687

Wiki

Royal Landscape

Lake is within Windsor Great Park, also has tree lined paths and woodland

Winkworth Arboretum

Godalming

SRY

SU996412

NT

 

SUSSEX

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Goudhurst

SSX

TQ715332

Bedgebury

Kent Seven Wonders

 

Lake Wood 

Uckfield

SSX

TQ463217 

WT

Great views, lake. Parking difficult.

Sheffield Park Garden

 

SSX

TQ411241

NT

Five linked lakes give reflections of the vivid autumn colours. Trees incl. Japanese maples, swamp cypresses, birches, etc. in flaming ochre and scarlet.

WARWICKSHIRE

Upton House

Banbury

WAR

SP371455

Map

 

WESTMORLAND
Clappersgate Ambleside WES NY365035 Map Pretty village surrounded by woodland.
WILTSHIRE

Savernake

Marlborough

WIL

SU198679

Savernake

Own

 

Stourhead

Warminster

WIL

ST778343

NT

 

WORCESTERSHIRE

Arley Arboretum

Bewdley

WOR

SO766802

Own

 

Bodenham Arborteum

Kidderminster

WOR

SO808814

Own

 

Pepper Wood 

Fairfield, nr. Bromsgrove

WOR

SO937749 

WT

Ancient wood, wildlife interest

Wyre Forest

Bewdley 

WOR

SO750740

Wyre Forest

 

YORKSHIRE

Bentley Community Woodland

Doncaster

YKS

SE571074

Bentley Community Woodland

 

Bilton Beck & Rudding Bottoms 

Scotton

YKS

SE307583 

WT

Larch, beech, birch. Views, hillfort, riverside walk

Brodsworth Community Woodland

Doncaster

YKS

SE526078

Brodsworth Community Woodland

 

Castle Howard Arboretum

Castle Howard

YKS

SE716700 

Own

Castle Howard

 

Cudworth Common

Cudworth

YKS

SE383026

Cudworth Common

 

Dinnington Community Woodland

Dinnington

YKS

SK518863

Dinnington Community Woodland

 

Giggle Alley

Gosforth

YKS

NY141002

Giggle Alley

 

Kiveton Community Woodland

Kiveton

YKS

SK488828

Kiveton Community Woodland

 

Lower Grass Wood 

Grassington

YKS

SD983651 

WT

Ancient broadleaved wood by River Wharfe

Nidd Gorge

Bilton Banks

YKS

SE328579

WT

Good colours, good views, paths

Phoenix Park

Thurnscoe

YKS

SE465054

Phoenix Park

 

Skipton Woods

Skipton

YKS

SD990525

WT

Mostly surfaced tracks. Association with Skipton Castle

Thornton

Ingleton

YKS

SD695750

WT

Ancient wood with waterfalls walk, surfaced paths

Twisleton

Ingleton

YKS

SD701743

WT

Ancient wood with waterfalls walk, surfaced paths

 


This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.

 


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