Yorkshire's Autumn Colours
With every changing season, there’s something to look forward to. As we move into Autumn, not only are we excited for comforting warm pork pies and cosy jumpers, but also for the stunning scenery that we get to appreciate here with Yorkshire’s Autumn colours.
Everywhere we look in the Autumn months are filled with burnt orange and warm browns. Just before the colourful leaves fall from the tree are some of the most beautiful weeks of the year. Whilst the weather is still mild enough that we’re not freezing, we’re going to take advantage of our stunning scenery. So, where are the prettiest places to visit in Yorkshire this Autumn? Let us fill you in…
Only open until 30th September before closing for Winter, you’ll need to head over to Newby Hall quickly if you want to join in the fun. There’s lots to do around the house with exhibitions such as the Dollshouse exhibition and Teddy Bear exhibition. Both of the exhibitions look so much fun; the teddy bear exhibit sits within a ”pawpose” built home within the gardens and is full of famous bear faces to pay a visit. The dollshouse exhibit is a permanent collection of dollshouses and miniatures with nearly 70 little houses full of stunning houses with such intricate detailing.
The gardens themselves feature an adventure playground complete with swings, bridges, climbing frames and even pedalo boats. There’s also a miniature train which runs along the River Ure and boasts fabulous views of the gardens. The railway has been open since 1971 and really is such a fun treat. The gardens themselves also deserve some time in your day just to take a walk and explore the various gardens – especially the stunning walled gardens. Most of the gardens were created in the early 1920s and have been flourishing ever since – what a great place to view some Autumn colour!
There’s nothing to say we can’t enjoy the coast even as the Summer months leave us. So, though we will no longer be sat on a deckchair in shorts and a tshirt, we will still be walking down the beach. There’s something about walking along the beach all wrapped up warm that’s super relaxing. There’s also the fact that our coasts burst into colour this time of year with birds migrating overhead, waterfalls flowing through to the sea and bright berries adorning the cliffs.
Take a stroll along the Cleveland Way – you’ll be able to see the rugged coastline or moorland, stumbling across castles, ancient stone crosses and little villages in the coves. There’s nowhere quite like it in terms of the history and views you’ll come across. The entire walk is 109 miles, so you might want to just so a short walk and loop back round but even if you do, you’ll still see so much beautiful scenery.
With the wonderful history of the county comes some fabulous castles. Knaresborough Castle for example was built by a Norman baron in c.1100 and it still stands there today above the River Nidd though is now unfortunately a ruin. Interestingly, in the 1170s, following their assassination of Thomas Beckett, Huge de Moreville and his followers took refuge there. In 1331, Philippa of Hainault took possession of the castle and it became a royal residence where the Queen took vacations in the summer with her family. Her son John of Guant acquired the castle and it belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster at this point.
During the Civil War in 1644, it was taken by Parliamentarian troops and largely destroyed into the remains it is today. It wasn’t due to the war itself but upon orders from Parliament to dismantle all Royal castles – many of our town centers are now built from ”castle stone.” Based on the wonderful history of the castle, it’s well worth a visit; many of the ruins that are around Yorkshire including Fountains Abbey and Kirkstall Abbey are so interesting to see and have wonderful grounds to walk round.
For us, there’s nothing like an Autumn get away in the countryside. There’s no need to go too far though with so much to see here in Yorkshire; from serene spa hotels such as Rudding Park to glamping in the countryside, whatever the weather brings us this Autumn, we’re covered. We’re really wanting to go to Glampit in Ilkley; whilst we love camping in the Yorkshire countryside, we also enjoy doing it in style… so glamping it is!
We’d also like to go to Ball Hall Farm where their deluxe cabins might be a little warmer during the Autumn/Winter. The Wigwam cabins overlook a 2 acre wildlife lake and are surrounded by woodland – we just love the idea of being outside with nature as the leaves turn into such beautiful colours. There’s also a picnic bench outside to enjoy a pork pie or two whilst overlooking the stunning scenery.
These are just a few ideas, but there’s so much more to do in Autumn in Yorkshire – both indoors and outdoors. Though, we’re hoping for at least a few more weeks of good weather so we can be outdoors for just a little longer!
We can’t wait for crispy cool Autumn weather and warm poor pies!