The UK is a great place to explore in the autumn - check out our top picks for a short break in September, October and November.
Although it may be a little bit cooler than the summer, Autumn is still a great time to take a short break in the UK. Not only is the scenery stunning, as the leaves begin to change colour and the mornings become misty, but as the summer season begins to wind down and the kids go back to school, even top destinations will become increasingly quieter. So, if you want to avoid the crowds and bag yourself a great deal, check out our top picks for a short break in autumn in 2020.
The Lake District
The Lake District is always a popular spot for those looking for a short break in the UK. The stunning scenery is unparalleled, with the lakes, mountains and forests only improving with the changing colours of the leaves. Since the Lake District is such a popular destination, there’s no doubt it can get very busy, which is why it’s the ideal place for an autumn break. The vast majority of activities are still open, and yet the crowds are much fewer.
One of our favourite picks for an autumn break in the Lake District is Howe Keld, a trendy twelve bedroomed bed and breakfast in the heart of Keswick. The town has plenty to do, with lots of amenities to make your stay more comfortable, and is only a short stroll away from Derwentwater Lake. All rooms are en-suite, with homemade furniture and oak floors for a touch of luxury - some even feature mountain views. There’s also the wonderful locally sourced breakfast to look forward to, and cycling fans will be pleased to know that storage can be provided for bikes and outdoor equipment.
Alternatively, head to the south and explore the beautiful county of Hampshire. Home to the stunning New Forest National Park, the county is the perfect place to experience the beauty of nature in the autumn. As well as exploring the park on foot, autumn is also a great time to cycle, as the park is quieter and therefore the roads are emptier.
Head to the historic city of Winchester and visit its stunning cathedral, stroll along the river and wander the streets enjoying the many charming independent shops and restaurants on offer.
Hampshire is also a great pick for fans of maritime history, as its home to both Portsmouth and Southampton. Both cities have a great atmosphere, and boast a whole host of fascinating maritime ships, sites and museums to enjoy.
Set in the Beaulieu Estate, and boasting beautiful views of the Beaulieu River, The Master Builder’s Hotel is a great pick for an autumn break in Hampshire. Located on the southern edge of the New Forest, it’s ideally situated for offering the best of both worlds - not only can you enjoy everything the national park has to offer, you’re also nearby the wonderful coast, including the popular town of Lymington. The hotel itself is home to chic, classic and luxurious guest bedrooms, as well as a fabulous AA Rosette winning restaurant. It’s also dog friendly, so your four legged can join in the fun too.
On the other hand, check out the Wykeham Arms for a stay in the heart of Winchester. This classic pub with rooms is nestled between Winchester’s historical 14th-century college and 11th-century cathedral, and well within walking distance of all of Winchester’s major sites and attractions. The rooms themselves have been recently renovated in a contemporary style, yet still retain their wonderful original period features. The pub also features delicious locally sourced food, and a great selection of wine and ales to enjoy after a long day exploring the city.
Another great pick for a getaway in the UK this autumn is Lancashire. Although many may associate Lancashire with the seaside town of Blackpool, there’s plenty more great things to explore in this country. The ancient market town of Clitheroe is ideal for a short break, set right on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Bowland. One of England’s 33 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the forest is a great spot for hiking, cycling and fishing, with some of the best salmon and trout rivers in England. And, with some of the darkest skies in England too, the Forest of Bowland is also a great place to stargaze on a clear night. The town is also home to Clitheroe Castle, which is said to be the smallest Norman castle in England.
Tucked in a little village between the Lancashire towns of Burnley and Clitheroe is Fence Gate Lodge. This luxurious hotel is great for a relaxing countryside escape away from the busyness of everyday life, boasting 24 modern, well appointed and individually decorated guest bedrooms. There’s also the hotel’s bar and brasserie, where you can enjoy a delicious meal before returning to your room for a great night's sleep.
Head to the Lancashire/Manchester border, and in the heart of the community of the town of Ramsbottom you’ll find the cosy Eagle and Child. This pub with rooms boasts a whole host of awards for its delicious, home cooked food that uses the best locally sourced ingredients, as well as wonderful views across the Irwell Valley and 5 beautiful boutique bedrooms. These trendy en-suite rooms have all been individually designed, and are well appointed with everything you’d need for a comfortable stay.
Our final pick for an autumn getaway in the UK is the Cotswolds. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds are always a popular pick with UK holidaymakers, and is a great place to visit year round. There are some benefits to visiting in autumn however. The autumnal colours only enhance the already picturesque chocolate box villages that the Cotswolds are famous for, and the slightly chilly weather means you get to take full advantage of all of the Cotswolds cosy and charming village pubs with big open fires. Less crowds mean much more tranquility, the wonderful wildlife is abundant as they prepare for winter, and as the UK approaches harvesting season, you can expect to see lots of fresh, local produce available.
If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, then check out Old Stocks Inn in the popular market town of Stow on the Wold. Tucked in amongst the town's wonderful independent shops, this 17th-century country inn is the ideal Cotswolds retreat. The 16 stylish bedrooms on offer have been beautifully renovated, and easily blend contemporary design with the pub’s original features. After a busy day, you can look forward to unwinding in the bar with a drink, before enjoying hearty and traditional pub grub in the trendy restaurant.
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