Top UK leaf peeping destinations – ‘magical’ places to go for an autumn walk

Autumn is the perfect time to go outside. One outdoors activity gaining popularity in the UK is the leaf peeping trend coming from North America.

The best destination for leaf peeping was Grizedale Forest in Cumbria.

Located in the Lake District, Grizedale Forest is the perfect spot to see the autumn foliage.

With the beautiful setting of mountains and lakes, the forest has 10 walking trails and nine bike trails.

On Tripadvisor, user DancingRhinos said: “A magical experience.

“This is a treasure in the Lake District. The woods are stunning and intriguing – the trails are clearly marked – I was sorry we didn’t do a longer one.”


Coming second was Knightwood Oak Trail in New Forest.

The trail is home to the New Forest oldest tree, believed to have been planted in 1600.

Visitors can see both golden and red leaves in the New Forest, making this destination a leaf peeping paradise.

Third was Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

In fifth place was Cardinham Woods in Cornwall.

There are both walking and cycling trails, as well as viewpoints in the woods, making for a fantastic leaf peeping experience.

The best UK spots for leaf peeping
1. Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
2. Knightwood Oak Trail, New Forest
3. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
4. Faskally Wood, Perthshire
5. Cardinham Woods, Cornwall
6. Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District
7. Hampstead Heath, London
8. Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire

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