18th August 2020

5 of the best places to visit this Autumn

The best places to see the Autumn leaves in North Devon 

Everyone knows that autumn days and evenings can be some of the most beautiful, with bright, changing leaves and fiery sunsets. Dramatic displays of autumn foliage appear in abundance around North Devon.  If you’re searching for rust coloured leaves, chestnut landscapes and autumnal photo opportunities, these are the places to visit.

As the temperature falls, enjoy the warmth of the autumn colours with our guide to seeing North Devon’s autumnal beauty at its best.

RHS Rosemoor

Crunching leaves, admiring the autumn colours, learning about the beautiful array of plants, there is plenty to discover at RHS Rosemoor Gardens. The rich scents and colours of the Upper Woodland Walk make this a magical place in autumn, and the thinning canopy allows increasing views over Rosemoor House and across the valley. As the trees start to show off their autumn wardrobe, it's the perfect time to come and explore Rosemoor. Please note, booking is essential. Pre-booked admissions only. 

Rock Park

Located just opposite The Park Hotel, Rock Park in Barnstaple is a great place to embrace the autumnal atmosphere. Whether you choose to wander along the river bank and feel the leaves crushing beneath your feet or to simply pick a bench or spot to sit under the trees with an autumn picnic on a warmer day - visitors of all ages can take a break from the rest of the world in the delightful surroundings of our local park. 

Arlington Court

The autumn colours always put on a spectacular show at Arlington. Did you know there are over twenty miles of paths on the Arlington estate? Plenty of room to enjoy the autumn vibes and the patchwork of red, gold, oranges and browns. Whether you’re looking for a 5-mile hike or a gentle afternoon stroll, all routes have awesome autumn scenery to enjoy. Our favourite part? In autumn the Deer Park walk provides a chance to see the elusive Red Deer who roam the parkland. Please note, booking is essential. Pre-booked admissions only. 

Heddon Valley

On the fringes of Exmoor, you’ll discover the ancient woodland at Heddon Valley will allow you to walk alongside the River Heddon, kicking piles of crisp autumn leaves as you go. Emerging where the sea meets the coastline, towering cliffs on either side of you, take in all the unbeatable views along the way. Feeling more adventurous? Continue the walk to Woody Bay. 

Valley of the Rocks

When you visit North Devon, you’ll fall in love with the picturesque Valley of The Rocks. The Valley of Rocks provides a dry valley walk pinned against a backdrop of unique coastal views - the dramatic landscape makes it worthwhile whatever the weather (but especially in Autumn). With pleasant weather, fewer crowds and those beautiful autumnal colours, it’s the perfect place to visit. Wrap up warm and savour the beauty of the natural world, where the air is crisp, the ground is crunchy, and the Valley of Rocks is blanketed in a rainbow of colours. 

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Lace-up your walking boots and head to the woods, park or local gardens for an autumn walk.