Autumn is the most glorious time of year for a nature stroll – with its fresh crispiness, auburn glow and stunning early sunsets. And if anyone does nature by the bagful, it’s Yorkshire. From rolling hills, to magical woodlands filled with orange-tinted trees and pretty waterfalls – our region literally has it all. So grab your walking boots and head out on a stroll (before settling down for the night in a blanket) with our guide to the most Autumnal places to visit in Yorkshire.
1. The Yorkshire Arboretum, Malton
Located at Castle Howard just outside of York, the Yorkshire Arboretum is a joint enterprise between the Castle and the Royal Botanic Gardens – boasting over 6,000 trees within its 128 acres. And while you may not be a raging tree enthusiastic, it’s worth noting that many of the trees planted there are actually endangered – so you’ll likely see some pretty sights while visiting. The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY.
2. Fountain’s Abbey, Ripon
The historic Fountains Abbey always makes for a great day out – but in Autumn, it has a particular charm, making it the perfect spot for budding photographers. The Studley Royal Water Garden is also a feast for the eyes, with trees surrounding a gorgeous, tranquil ornamental lake. Be sure to check out both before heading into nearby Ripon for some good pub grub. Fountains Abbey, Ripon, HG4 3DY.
3. Wentworth, Rotherham
A small village in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Wentworth is a lovely little gem in an otherwise overlooked area – featuring an old world feel akin to the villages you’d find in the Dales. Check out Wentworth Woodhouse (a Grade I listed stately home in the area), the castle gardens and the village in general – which is home to some lovely little cottages.
Need we say anymore? The colder months in York are the best – with the whole place having this lovely Harry Potter-esque vibe to it thanks to its gothic, quirky style which really matches the season. A trip to York is like being transported to a whole other time – with the Shambles and a number of other nearby streets retaining their 14th-century buildings.
5. The Chatsworth Estate, Peak District
Ok, busted – it’s not quite Yorkshire, but it’s fairly close to South Yorkshire, meaning Yorkshire folk can enjoy it just the same. The Chatsworth Estate spans a whopping 35,000 acres of land – centring the stately mansion known as Chatsworth House. And not only are guests able to visit the house, but there’s a gorgeous garden available to explore, too – filled with a Victorian Rock Garden, waterworks and sculptures. Chatsworth House, Bakewell, DE45 1PP.
6. Snake Woodland, Hope Valley
Located close by to Sheffield, the Snake Woodlands is a popular hiking spot – and it looks like something from another country entirely. It’s huge looming trees turn auburn during the Autumn months, providing colourful scenery that’s well worth the trip. There’s a number of trails guests can take to suit different abilities – ranging from over 7 miles, to the more manageable 1.5 miles.
7. Bolton Abbey and the Strid Wood, Skipton
Bolton Abbey is an absolute delight all year round – with sights to see around every corner you turn. But there’s an added magic to both the wood and the abbey at this time of year, thanks to the turn in the leaves and the cooler atmosphere. The place is steeped in history, too, so there’s plenty to explore no matter how many times you visit. Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6AL.
8. Harewood House
Easily accessible from most parts of Yorkshire, Harewood House is a real Leeds gem made up of gorgeous architecture and beautiful gardens. The inside is available to explore in all of its grandeur, with over 100 acres of perfectly-kept gardens to check out, too. Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LE.