Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)


One thing we always like to do at this time of year is to go and see the trees in all their autumn glory. I wrote something similar this time last year, but am unashamedly going to say it again: if you haven’t yet been for an autumn walk amongst the leaves, then you really should go now.

Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)

In the Old Arboretum at Westonbirt, the trees are simply spectacular. The scale and variety of colour is incredible: with every shade of red, orange, yellow, and green, it really is like walking through a rainbow. Words simply cannot do it justice and there were times when all we could do was gaze, speechless, not only at the kaleidoscope of leaves, but at the tracery of the branches stretching skyward.

Little Brother and Little Sister had great fun getting into hidey-holes under and between the trees, and then spent ages playing ninepins with nine fir cones and a crab apple, just like Squirrel Nutkin. We also had a short foray into Silk Wood (the less formal part of the Arboretum which also allows dogs) to try out the new Treetop Walkway and climb the ‘Crow’s Nest’ to get a view of the autumn leaves from above.

I’d say the colour right now surpasses anything we’ve seen for a good few years, so do make time to go and see autumn for yourself.

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Helen & Ian

Helen & Ian

About Me & Mine

Hi there! Helen and Ian here from the Oxfordshire-Wiltshire border! We have two boys who love everything in the Great Outdoors (especially sticks), and a border collie who also loves everything in the Great Outdoors (especially tennis balls). We also have a toddler daughter who is fiercely independent and proving to be just as intrepid as her brothers.

Favourite place in the world:

A difficult one... There are so many wonderful places to choose from... But it has to be Sandwood Bay in the far north-west of Scotland which can only be reached by a 4-mile walk. Last time we went it was a full-on winter mountaineering experience (with ice axe and crampons!) just to get there. Wild and windswept, it's totally unspoilt.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Enjoy beaches, woods, and coastal paths; explore waterways in our open canoe; go for a big day out on a small hill; go rock climbing; collect sticks, conkers, and acorns; investigate puddles and rockpools; ride our tandem; fly a kite against a clear blue sky.

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