The trees are changing colour, the evenings are getting darker and the mornings mistier. September is drawing to a close and with it any remnants of summer days and warmer weather. The arrival of October means walks through auburn forests, kicking your way through piles of crunchy leaves and conker-collecting. All before collapsing in front of the fire with a steaming hot chocolate – and we can’t wait!
There’s so much to look forward to before we even mention the festive season. So, grab your wellies and a warm hat and get outdoors! We’re sharing some of the best places to go for a walk and enjoy Oxfordshire’s autumnal colours – perfect for adventuring this upcoming October half term.
Where to see the best autumnal colours in Oxfordshire
Often used as a film set and wedding location, Blenheim palace boasts fantastic architecture, steeped in heritage, and more than 2000 acres of parkland and formal gardens. There’s so much to see and do at Blenheim, but a long walk around the park, followed by afternoon tea is not a bad place to start. They’ve got lots of great activities planned for October half term, too.
You may remember that we recommended Harcourt Arboretum as a great picnic spot during the summer months, but really, it’s beautiful all year round. And as trees are the main focus here, you’ll be sure to enjoy some of the best autumn colours our county has to offer. They also organise an annual Autumn Fair to share woodland stories, traditional English folk music and great local produce. There’s also lots of outdoors activities for children, so they can try their hand at willow-weaving or carving a pencil.
Warburg Nature Reserve
The lesser-known Warburg Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven nestled in the Chiltern Hills. The reserve is home to thousands of species of animals and flora and fauna, and is especially known for its orchids during the warmer months. It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy autumn colours without the crowds – there’s no café at Warburg, just a small visitor’s centre, making it perfect for going off-grid. Simply grab a flask and see if you can spot some of the 9000 varieties of fungi that emerge under the trees during autumn.
Walk the Ridgeway from White Horse Hill to Ashdown
If you fancy more of a work-out than a wander, try a challenging walk from White Horse Hill to Ashdown along a section of the historic 87-mile-long ridgeway. You’ll see the changing colours of the canopy from above – the view really is worth it! The ancient beech trees at Wayland’s Smithy, 1 ½ miles away from the White Horse Hill car park, also boast great autumnal hues.
There you have it, where to make the most of our local countryside and enjoy the best autumnal colours this October. We’re getting excited for all things Halloween, too, so don’t forget to take a look at our new collection for this year. Or get geared up for all things pumpkin, with a bar of pumpkin spiced latte chocolate by Creighton’s – delicious!