Yes it is officially Autumn

‘No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face’ so said the poet John Donne.

This time of year for many is their favourite, as the broad leaved woodlands thrill with their vibrant colours and cover the ground in a deep golden carpet . Yes the temperature may be falling, but this in itself adds to the pleasure of getting outdoors to many of the stunning woodlands and landscapes that cloth our beautiful island. For most of us there are great places to go and wade through the magical leaf carpet, whatever ones age. For children it is a time of discovery, with the promise of great fun collecting fallen conkers ready to do battle.

out with the kids in winter

The National Trust have a host of events on throughout the country to encourage families to get out walking and enjoying the seasonal beauty before the early dark nights drive everyone indoors.

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 Wistow in Leicestershire, a beautiful and historic English hamlet in rolling countryside just a few miles south of Leicester and north of Market Harborough.

Famous for the Wistow Maze (with new design and quiz trail each summer), the thriving Rural Centre with its large garden centre, model village, cafe/bistro, Mediterranean deli, art gallery and wide variety of shops. There are numerous country walks around St Wistan’s Church and the Grand Union Canal, attractive cottages and flats for rental, and views of historic Wistow Hall with its scenic parkland and lake.

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