How to enjoy autumn colour in the south

Date Posted: 08/10/2014

By bike, air or Twizy? We discover nine ways to enjoy the south and south east as it explodes with hues of red, gold, orange and yellow this autumn.

1.    Be there in a Twizy in the New Forest

You can leave your car or coach and roam free in a Twizy around the New Forest.

Reaching a top speed of 50mph the economical Twizy two-seaters offer a 'green' way to explore the National Park's towns, villages and panoramic coastline.  The approach to Exbury Gardens may be called Summer Lane but it's recommended as a great two-mile drive to see the autumn colours.

2.    By horse and carriage in Windsor Great Park

As an alternative, explore the seasonal colours of the Royal Landscape the traditional way, by horse-drawn carriage.

Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park managed by the Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest.

The antiquity of the varied landscape is enhanced by the scattering of ancient oaks for which the Great Park and its forest are renowned.

4.    Foraging on the Isle of Wight

You can feast your eyes on the richness of autumn colours as you go in search of fungi in ancient oak woodlands, retrace old railway routes and visit legendary sites, returning to traditional pub food and real ale by a cosy fireside.

7.    By bike along the Cuckoo Trail, East Sussex

Winding through the Wealden, the trail follows the former 'Cuckoo Line' railway track and features a range of public art along the way with a cuckoo hidden in each of the pieces.

This green corridor is teeming with natural wildlife, wild flowers and woodland.

6.    From the air on a hot air balloon ride over Hampshire

You can take a hot air balloon ride over Hampshire's hills and heaths to savour the views, rolling countryside and rich colours of the county in all its autumnal glory.

Pictured: Shoulder of Mutton Hiller, The Hangers Way, South Downs National Park.

5.    On foot along the South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales and reports to be the only one to lie entirely within a National Park.

By foot, you’ll be able to fully take in the autumnal landscape, the tranquillity of the high chalk downland and deep wooded valleys as you wander the trail stretching from Winchester to the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. 

3.    By train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is thought to be one of the country's finest examples of a rural light railway.

The line gently wends its way from Tenterden, for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the National Trust castle at Bodiam.

8.    By boat down the Kennet and Avon Canal

Or you can hire a narrowboat from the Kennet Horse Boat Company to enjoy the panoramic views of the Berkshire countryside as you glide down the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The riverbanks and waterways are lined with picturesque hedgerows and trees alive with colour in autumn.   

9.    In the tree tops with Go Ape

Breathtaking views await you as you work your way through the treetops of some of Britain's most spectacular forests and country parks.

Go Ape's tree top adventures can be found throughout the region including at Itchen Valley Country Park in Southampton, Moors Valley Country Park near Bournemouth, Bedgebury Forest near Tunbridge Wells and Leeds Castle, Kent.

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