Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London


Some people might think I'm mad, but my favourite season of the entire year is actually autumn. Not spring time when daffodils and tulips are flowering and lambs are frolicking in the meadows. Not summer when the days are long and sunny and the footwear of choice are flipflops. And definitely not winter with its grey and dreary weather.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London



 I love Autumn. I love it when the days get shorter and you come home from work in the dark. It's that time of year when I can brighten up my home again with lovely smelling candles and fairy lights. I love the festivals and holidays, like Halloween, bonfire night, Thanksgiving and the whole run-up to Christmas. I love taking walks in the woods and smelling the wet and decaying leaves on the ground and spotting colourful mushrooms.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London


And most of all, I love the leafs changing colour and making parks and woodlands look like they've been draped in a patchwork blanket. Even though England doesn't get the same intense colours as New England, but you can still spot some pretty colourful trees around here in the UK.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London

Here are some of my favourite leaf peeping spots in and near London.


Epping Forest



Still on the Underground system, this forest is very easy to get to. It's a lovely woodland with lots of walking and biking trails. It's great if you're into outdoor activities, but not so keen on travelling too far to do them. It's a lovely place to wander around at any time of year, but autumn transforms this park into a pretty colourful affair.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London

Kew Gardens


Kew Gardens in South West London has plants and trees from all over the world, which means that the Canadian Maple leaf that gives the trees in the north of the US and Canada that intense red glow in the fall, are present here as well. However, this urban city park is only a train or tube ride away.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London

South Downs National Park


Slightly further away, but still only a train ride away from London, the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park are bathing in yellows and orange hues from late October till late November. It sure makes the hiking trails around here a sight for sore eyes.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London
Cowdray Castle 

Winkworth Arboretum


Winkworth Arboretum is the proud owner of some 1,000 species of plants and shrubs. It started as a personal collection of a man who just loved plants and trees very much. In autumn it is a lovely place to take a stroll at, colourful views guaranteed.

Best Spots to go Leaf Peeping Around London



Comments

  1. These are all definitely must do's! I autumn too - rosy cheeks, hot drinks and scarves all the way!

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  2. Epping Forest is lovely - I used to live on the edge of it! I love the autumnal colours of the photos in this post! :)

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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    1. Ha thanks, and Epping Forest must be lovely to live next to!

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  3. Love this list! I'm always looking for new outdoorsy places to go and enjoy the season - I actually went to Winkworth Arboretum last week! And I always love visiting Kew. Will have to make Epping Forest the next stop on my list!

    Sophie :-)

    October's Girl Blog

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    1. You will love that forest if you loved the other two you mention. Great for walking and biking.

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  4. I have a real phobia of mushrooms, both the look, taste and smell, so this would scare the life out of me.

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    1. Really? I have never heard of a mushroom fobia before. That's a real shame.

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  5. Great list! I also really love the slightly secret part of Hampstead Heath where the pergola is :) https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Hampstead+Pergola

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