My top places to visit this autumn

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the temperature is starting to dip! It’s not all negative though, because autumn also brings us crisp mornings, colourful trees and welly boot walks – perfect for a weekend activity!

I love getting outdoors in the autumn months and there are several places around the country that I like to visit in October and November.

Here are my top picks:


For walks with the animals

Where ponies, cattles, donkeys and deer roam free, the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, is perfect for an autumn walk with the family. I love to don my welly boots and take a muddy walk around this gorgeous part of the world. The clear rivers and scenic woodland provide the peace and tranquillity I need after a busy week at work.


For a creepy trail with the family

The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey is world famous for its arboretum and gardens. Set over 180 acres of rolling countryside, it is stunning whatever the season but is a must visit of mine in the autumn. The season’s changing colours are a sight to behold here and there is also a creepy Halloween trail on offer in October – a perfect way to keep my 4-year old daughter entertained on a gloomy weather day.


For a day out by the coast

A lot of people like to spend a hot, summer day on the beach, but heading to the coast in the cooler months is more my cup of tea! I’ve been visiting West Wittering beach in Chichester since I was a child and there’s nothing I love more than wrapping up warm and taking a coastal walk with my dog through the glorious sand dunes.


For a Christmas market

With Christmas just around the corner, the autumn always gives me a warm, festive feeling and November is the month for the start of Christmas market season. It must be the Bath Christmas Market for me. With its 150 twinkling chalets spread out across the city’s picturesque streets, there’s no better place to cross off a few gifts from my Christmas present list while enjoying a warming mulled wine.


Hannah Drinkwater