Autumn outdoor activities

Make the Most of Autumn Outdoor Activities

2nd Nov 17 Published by Daniel Barnes Share

Autumn is upon us. Time to hit the outdoors and take some pictures with the changing colours. I know, I know, you’re like, “but it’s getting cold!” People tend to think of summer as the best time to be outside, but with the changing temperatures and foliage, autumn makes for some of the best exploration time. Plus, with tourist season slowing down, it’s a win-win. Time for some autumn activities!

Some things are worth the wait. Here are some of the best activities for autumn:

Surfing
Always wanted to complete your surfer dreams? Believe us, autumn is the time. Though we can’t wrap our heads around it, the seas are at their warmest. Head to the Gower peninsula in Wales where the peninsula covers you from the winds. You’ll find yourself in the company of local surfers, so you can practise your surfer slang. (surfer emoji)

Though the seas may be at their warmest, we still advise not to forget your wetsuit!

The Downs
For a mix of the countryside in the city, explore The Downs. Cycle, fly a kite, or walk around the Bristol countryside and then treat yourself to some conker hunting. Autumn in Bristol is the best location and time for conkers, so get your fill. After briefly researching this, please don’t eat the conkers they are mildly poisonous to humans.

Bird Watching
With migrations happening, autumn is a bird watcher’s dream. Living on an island gives you unique access to multiple sites with rare birds as well as large assortments.

There are bird watching sites across the UK, but these are some of our favourites in the south.

  • Rye Harbour Nature Preserve was voted Britain’s favourite nature preserve in 2016. There are 42 different birds who gather here, and October is the perfect time to see all of them.
  • Slimbridge Wetland Centre is Sir Peter Scott’s first Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre and has an array of activities available for anyone you’re venturing out with. From Holden Towers you have a view of the wetlands, where bird feeders are placed allowing for a closer look at some of the birds, but with 13 different hides there are plenty of places to find wildlife. Autumn and winter are the best time to see the geese, ducks and swans.
  • Radipole Lake doesn’t first jump out to people, but with a combination of common and rare birds and set walking paths, it’s a great location for beginner and experienced bird watchers alike.

Park Tours
Some of the best ways to be truly immersed in autumn beauty are the parks all over the UK. With the cooler weather keeping you comfortable as you walk, you’ll find yourself being able to spend hours wandering around these massive preserved areas. And with autumn being the perfect season for foraging, you’ll have nuts and berries galore to snack on (please be careful as you forage and ensure you’re with someone who can identify different foods).

These are some of the best parks for breath-taking autumn scenes.

  • Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest: Heart-shaped leaves and gold reflections in the Marshal Lake make for a one-of-a-kind season retreat.
  • The Forest of Dean: Have a global experience in one day. The Cyril Hart Aboretum contains trees from around the globe, gathered there since 1915.
  • Thetford Forest: Thetford Forest is UK’s largest man made forest (created after the First World War), but this doesn’t dim it’s autumn glory at all. Mostly comprised of evergreen pine trees, another difference to the other forests in the area, it casts the perfect light for pictures.

So what are you waiting for? Head outside and enjoy everything autumn has to offer.

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