The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is a glorious time to be in Gloucestershire. From the stunning colour of the Forest of Dean to the golden autumnal light warming the Cotswold stone, here are six reasons why Gloucestershire has autumn appeal.
The Golden Mile
As the days grow shorter and the leaves turn from green to gold, there is no better place for autumn colour than the Royal Forest of Dean and its millions of oak trees. The Golden Mile, part of the Royal Forest route, takes in some stunning scenery and none more so than the autumn foliage. The Golden Mile may be the spectacular centrepiece but you can enjoy all the colours of autumn wherever you look in Gloucestershire.
If you are looking for the spectacular pinks and oranges of a New England autumn, you need travel no further than Westonbirt Arboretum and its fantastic collection of maples. With the scent of katsura in the air, you can wander miles of trails through this enchanted autumnal wonderland.
The River Severn
It is the longest river in the UK and the Severn bore is Britain’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, with tidal waves of up to 50 feet rushing down the river. Some of the strongest tides take place in the autumn, making Gloucestershire an ideal place for surfers; meanwhile, the morning mists on the riverbanks are straight from a picture postcard.
Bathed in golden autumnal light, the stone-built villages of the Cotswolds look even more beautiful at this time of year. Quintessentially English, it is easy to fall in love with the chocolate box appeal of the limestone cottages nestled amongst golden trees. If you love it so much that you decide to move to the area and are looking for Gloucester property for sale, contact a local agent such as http://www.tgres.co.uk/properties-for-sale to make your Cotswold dream a reality.
Apples galore – and other fruits
Autumn is apple time in Gloucestershire, with many heritage varieties you won’t see in the supermarket. Take a bite into history and visit an orchard. Gloucestershire is also famous for plums and pears.
If foraging is more your style, the hedgerows are dripping with juicy blackberries and fat sloes at this time of year. Just think of Gloucestershire as nature’s larder!