Autumn is a season of change and wonder, as the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold. It’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and experience all that this magical season has to offer. From hiking in the Highlands to discovering the electric South West 660, there are countless unforgettable attractions to be enjoyed around the UK.
Autumn Walking Festival, Isle of Wight
Step out and explore this beautiful little island on any of 55 organised walks from 7 to 15 October. They include something for everyone, from a one-mile Red Squirrel Walk to the 12-mile Colwell Bay circuit, which takes in the coloured sands of Alum Bay and the series of stacks known as the Needles. Find out about the island’s famous residents as you go, perhaps on the four-mile Dickens Trail around Bonchurch, or taking a turn around Queen Victoria’s East Cowes. Some walks are reserved for women only. Book ferry crossings on Wightlink (wightlink.co.uk).
For further details visit: isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk
Loch Ness Centre, Scotland
Immerse yourself in the legend of Nessie at this new £1.5 million centre at the former Drumnadrochit Hotel. Here, 90 years ago, the manageress reported seeing a ‘water beast’ in Loch Ness. During a one-hour experience, you can become part of the quest to discover what the 23-mile-long lake waters really hold.
Tickets from £13.95; lochness.com
Electric South West 660, South Coast
Want to know where to find the best electric-charging spot with a view on the South West 660 road route from Dorset and Somerset to Devon and Cornwall? It’s at The Minack Theatre, one of a number of charging sites detailed on 12 different driving routes in association with charge-point mapping service Zapmap.
Walk Barefoot to Holy Island
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims by walking barefoot at low tide across the causeway to Lindisfarne. The seven-mile walk is one of a number of experiences being offered by guests staying at Crabtree & Crabtree’s self-catering accommodation. It costs £55 per person, with a picnic.
Cottages for four from £590 for three nights; crabtreeandcrabtree.com
Teals Farm Shop, Somerset
Is this the best service station ever? On the A303 between Sparkford and Wincanton, Teals was created by Nick and Ash Sinfield, who wanted to offer motorists something a little bit different. They created a farm shop with butchery, restaurant and food-to-go counter serving seasonal, locally sourced produce. This summer they added EV superchargers, and in the autumn they plan a dig-your-own potatoes event. If you’re driving nearby on 7 December, pop in for a Christmas VIP shopping event to celebrate their third birthday, with festive tastings and music provided by the Military Wives Choir.
Hike the Highlands
Walk from one family run guesthouse to the next, with your luggage transported for you on this new trip from specialist travel company Inntravel.
Take in the lower reaches of the Cairngorms National Park, stroll along stretches of the famed Rob Roy Way, and climb Ben Vrackie. Reward yourself with a visit to a world-class distillery.
Six nights’ B&B with luggage transfers from £780; inntravel.co.uk