Embarking on an autumn tour gives you a chance to see a whole variety of stunning colours and breathtaking natural sights. If you’re looking for some inspiration for where to head, we’re here to help. In this guide, we’re sharing seven top destinations to explore to take in the wonders of the season, as well as a nearby campsite to stay at.
You can also take a look at our best motorhome sites guide to see our pick of the standout UK campsites.
The New Forest
Between the heather and gorse of the northern commons and the glorious woodlands, there’s always plenty of colour to be found in the New Forest during the autumn. Pitch on the outskirts at Sandy Balls Holiday Village and you’ll have fabulous views from the onsite walking trails, as well as easy access to the fabulous New Forest itself.
Enjoy the colourful scenery of Bath Valley from Avoncliff Aqueduct, a 100m-long structure that carries the Kennet and Avon Canal – which links London with the Bristol Channel – across the River Avon.
Pitch close to the canal at Marsh Farm Caravan Site, an adults-only motorhome site whose Paddock touring field is open all year, with hardstandings and easy access to walks along the towpath.
Take in a riot of colour created by more than 3000 species of trees and shrubs at Bodenham Arboretum, a tranquil haven developed in the past few decades by the Binnian family and just a few minutes’ drive from Wolverley Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Further to the west of the site, there’s also Arley Arboretum and Gardens – one of the oldest arboretums in Britain – where you can spot wandering peacocks for a completely different range of colour.
Admire Capability Brown’s landscaping genius in Croome’s beautiful parkland, and take in views across Worcestershire and the Malvern Hills from the Panorama Tower. Stay at Turks End Farm, a charming CS where you can pitch up in the peace and quiet of a grassy, open field. (Note that the campsite has no shower or toilet facilities.)
Glenariff Forest Park
Of the nine spectacular glens to be found in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Glenariff Forest Park is often considered the most stunning. Here you’ll find waterfalls, rivers and more in the serene surroundings of the wooded glen. Ash, oak, beech and hazel turn the woodland into a picturesque place every autumn. Pitch up at nearby Cushendall Caravan Park.
If you’re planning to visit the country, you can also check out our guide to the best motorhome sites in Northern Ireland for more ideas.
The National Forest
When you visit The National Forest, it’s hard to believe that this project was started just over 25 years ago, and has transformed the area into a landscape of rolling farmland, ancient forest and newly planted woodlands. All of which looks fantastic in autumn, especially when shrouded in the early morning mists.
Stay at Dovesite Caravan Park, close to the National Forest Way, Charnwood Forest and Bradgate Park.
Head to Loch Ness to enjoy beautiful colours on the slopes, often topped by early snowfall on the peaks of the high mountain summits, and spot red squirrels and deer while you explore. Stay at Loch Ness Bay Camping, which lies right on the shore of the loch and is the ideal base for making the most of these stunning surroundings.
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