Look, we love the summer sun, taking dips in the sea and seeing the cliff tops against blue skies but there is something very special about being in Devon during the autumn months. The trees start to change colour, places like Dartmoor and Exmoor start to get a wonderfully spooky atmosphere and there are a host of new, warming dishes appearing on the region’s menus.
If you love autumn as much as we do, here are some of the best places to see the seasons change in Devon.
Haldon Forest Park, nr Exeter
With 3,500 acres of woodland, there are loads of opportunities for you to see the russet colours on the trees here! There are a range of walking and cycling tracks and the chance to hire cycling equipment should you want to explore on two wheels, not only that but it is just 15 minutes from Exeter!
Lydford Gorge, nr Okehampton
Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the South West and features the White Lady Waterfall among other delights. The trail is lined with trees so you can really enjoy those colours.
Bellever Forest, Dartmoor
Like most of Dartmoor, there is something quite magical about Bellever Forest, especially during the autumn months. Dogs are welcome to follow the trails with you and there’s lots of little nooks and crannies to discover.
Valley of Rocks, Lynton
As one of the most beautiful places in the county and as one of the inspirations for the UK’s famous romantic poets, Valley of Rocks is a great place to visit all year around but at this time of year you can see the greenery turn orange and become more sparse which makes it much easier to spot the feral goats that call the rocks home.
Not far from Valley of Rocks is Watersmeet where you’ll find an ancient woodland and picturesque gorge that looks spectacular in the autumn. If you’re after a spot for an autumnal photoshoot, this one should be top of your list.
Where are your favourite places to see the autumn leaves in Devon?
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