You might be missing the joy and carefree atmosphere of summer but now it is time to embrace autumn and where better to do that than East Devon where you can really see the season begin to change.

If you love autumn as much as us or you need some convincing to see the beauty in the russet colours that come with this time of year, here are some suggestions of where you can see the seasons change and enjoy some brisk, autumnal walks.

Sidmouth Arboretum

Did you know that Sidmouth is home to the UK’s only civic arboretum? Well, now you do! The Arboretum in Sidmouth covers a huge area and has a great selection of trees, so you can see the leaves changing and the differences between the various species. There are loads of lovely walks around the arboretum to really help you explore, including an accessible walk which you can find here.

The Byes

Still in Sidmouth, The Byes offers some lovely walks along the side of the River Sid and open meadows and is a lovely, quiet place to see the autumn colours without having to venture too far out of town.

The South West Coast Path

You can find routes around the Jurassic Coast via the South West Coast Path at various points around East Devon and all of them offer a different experience. The plantlife along the way is some of the most interesting in the UK, so keep an eye out for autumn leaves and see how the view compares to summer.

Seaton Wetlands

The wetlands in Seaton are free to visit all year around and comprises of four different areas, all of which has their own wildlife and plantlife. Colyford Common in particular has unusual flora and fauna while Seaton Marshes is home to some interesting wading birds at this time of year that will be disappearing as the weather starts to get warmer.

Combe Woods

Located near Honiton, Combe Wood is managed by the National Trust and has a lovely circular route that is great at any time of year. In the spring and early summer, it is a haven for bluebell lovers but at this time of year, it is perfect for seeing the leaves change from green to orange.

Blackbury Camp

This former hillfort near Colyton dates back to the Iron Age and is a popular spot for picnics in the spring and summer but at this time of year, you can enjoy some lovely walks around the woodland.

Where are your favourite places to see the autumn colours in East Devon?