Autumn Getaways

Autumn is the perfect time of year to take a break. The summer crowds have long gone, there’s a crispness to the air and dazzling colours of the leaves to enjoy. From cosy pubs to hole up in and clear nights for stargazing, here are some ideas to inspire you this autumn.


Go Foraging

Feast on tasty finds, freshly picked from nature’s larder.


Scurvy Grass in Inverness

Make Gin on the Isle of Skye, 

Inverness

Make your own unique gin on a three night Fabulous Foodie Foray with Skye’s award-winning hotel and restaurant, Kinloch Lodge.                                                                                                                                                                          

Foodie Fun, Gloucestershire,

Birmingham

Lineover Wood near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire is a foodie’s dream as it boasts a large supply of wild garlic, bramble and burdock.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Bounty Hunting in Cornwall,

Newquay

Specially designed for Beach Retreats’ guests, foraging with Rachel Lambert is a true pick-to-plate experience, showing how fresh, seasonal food can be found in Cornwall’s fields, hedges and beaches for culinary creations.


Go Wild

Enjoy autumn colour and the last of the warm weather with some wildlife spotting


Leaping Salmon in the Selkirk, 

Edinburgh

Autumn is an especially good time to witness salmon leaping. As wild salmon make their journey back to the ocean, head to the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.                                                                                                                                                                          

Seals Around Farne Islands, 

Newcastle

Once home to saints, soldiers and legendary lighthouse keepers, the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast are now a sanctuary for seabirds and seals.                                                                                                                                                                          

Bird Spotting In Wexford, 

Dublin

Across the country, nature flourishes in autumn. Head to nature reserves to record rare species as a host of birds migrate in and out of Ireland, as well as spotting other grey seal pups on sandbanks and whales cruising along the west coast.                                                                                                                               


The Great Outdoors

Put on your walking shoes and enjoy some spectacular scenery


Hike Howgill Fells, Cumbria, 

Manchester

Amble amid the beautiful and unspoilt Howgill Fells in the Lake District, a walker’s paradise alive with rare red squirrels, birdlife and jaw-dropping views.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Hexham, Northumberland, 

Newcastle

Stroll around historic Hexham, book a guided tour, walk further afield in the surrounding countryside or along Hadrian’s Wall. The local area is bursting with stunning walking routes suitable for all abilities.                                                                                                                                                                          

Trek the Jurassic Coast, 

Southampton

The 95 miles from Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth make up part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, and there are hundreds of miles of connecting footpaths and bridleways, so there’s unlimited choice for circular walks, wherever you are on the coast.                                                                               


Cornish Beauty

Enjoy historic fishing villages and windy walks on the beaches.

 

Newquay
Perfect at any time of year, late autumn in Cornwall is a dramatic, inspiring season. Don’t miss out on the wild beauty of stormy skies, dark seas, ruby sunsets and huge waves along the breathtaking coastline.


Be Wowed by Watergate Bay, 

Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations, with exceptional facilities including the Extreme Academy which offers a great range of adrenaline sports, the Jamie Oliver restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall, great shopping and the legendary Beach Hut restaurant.

Explore Caves at Crantock

Crantock beach, offers an expanse of sand at the mouth of the River Gannel estuary, bordered by dunes. Walk to Penpol Creek then through the woods to the Gannel Estuary. Discover Piper’s Hole in a gulley above the beach. At low tide you can enter one of the caves where a local man carved a figure of a woman, a small horse and some lines of verse into the flat stone a hundred years ago.

Go Wild on Bodmin Moor

For a different side of Cornwall, rugged Bodmin Moor is Cornwall at its wildest. Rich in history, it was a popular film location for BBC1’s Poldark.