Autumn is the most colourful and mixed season of the year. The weather is always changing which means the scenery is always changing. The UK has many locations you can visit to take remarkable landscapes photographs in Autumn. Here are Wilkinson’s top 12!
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Lake District, North West England
The Lake District located in Cumbria is beautiful all year round, but especially during Autumn. There are clear days, crisp nights and there is a golden cloak of Autumnal colour that covers the hills and valleys. You can stop almost anywhere in the Lake District to take photos! Ullswater, Coniston, Grasmere, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Buttermere are just a few of the places to visit. One of the best locations is Derwent water. This is located close to Keswick, with good parking nearby. The boats, jetties and shoreline offer unlimited photography potential. Visiting in the morning offers the most atmospheric conditions, but the clear and cool nights will add interest to your shots. The Lake District is the best for panoramic views of lakes and mountains as well as lakeside shots.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Located in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount is a well photographed spot. The enchanting little tidal island is accessible in a few ways. At low tide you can walk across to the island using the cobbled causeway and at high tide can be accessed by boat. The mount is best shot from the beach of Marazion. At low tide the cobble causeway provides a leading line to guide the viewer’s eye towards the mount. There is plenty of parking nearby but check tide times before visiting to get the shots you want. To the east of the causeway you will find a harbour which provides an alternative view and a secondary shooting point of the mount. St Michael’s Mount is best for panoramic views of the mount and seaside shots.
The New Forest National Park, Hampshire
The New Forest national park which is located mostly in Hampshire offers many different habitat types. Areas of oak and beech woodland, pine forest, pastureland and open heath. The national park covers 219 square miles, so it isn’t short of space. It is easily accessible by car and is nearby the small town of Lyndhurst, which hosts a helpful visitor centre and is an excellent place to start your photography. Vales Moor and Hasley Hill which are both covered in bell heather throughout Autumn is an extraordinary place to shoot. Both locations have a captivating mistiness in the morning and in the evening. The New Forest is best for stunning pond areas and misty heath purples.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Snowdonia national park which is in Northwest wales is filled with great mountains, rivers and lakeside views. There are many locations to shoot from here such as Ogwen, Llyn Gwynant, Tall-y-llyn and Capel Curig to name just a few. Here you can see breath-taking mountains mirrored in remarkably calm lakes and stunning misty valleys. The luminous greens and purples of Snowdonia capture the best moody weather and sensational landscapes. Also, Tall-y-llyn is dusted in a rusty red colouring throughout Autumn. With parking available nearby it is a location not to be missed. Snowdonia National Park is best for dramatic scenery and beautiful skies.
Richmond Park, London
Richmond Park is in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, with an uninterrupted view of St Paul’s Cathedral 12 miles away and varied landscapes of woodlands, hills and grasslands. Richmond Park is the largest royal park in London spanning 2500 acres. The Autumn season and especially the month of October sees the annual deer breeding season, which is the perfect time to visit. Red stags and fallow bucks compete for females and clash antlers with their rivals making for stunning photographs. If you got to the park early in the morning it has a thin mist that blankets the trees and ponds creating spectacular shots. There is plenty of parking around the park too. Richmond Park is best for shots of deer and wide landscape shots.
Yorkshire Dales National Park, Northern England
The Yorkshire Dales national park located in the North of England hosts a variety of scenery, it is a collection of mountainous terrain, footpaths and bridleways to explore and has some bizarre ruins and rock formations. The Ribblehead Viaduct, Whernside, Cowdide Beak or Bolton Abbey are all magnificent places to go and shot some pictures. There is parking available near all the locations. At Ribblehead Viaduct the walking track leading up to the viaduct makes an alluring wavy leading line for the viewer’s eye. Also, the backlit viaduct through a silhouette into your pictures. The Yorkshire Dales national park is best for rolling green hills and curious rock formations.
Jurassic Coast, East Devon to Dorset
Spanning 96 miles form East Devon to Dorset is the Jurassic coast. It has an array of cliffs and dramatic bays. Several the best places to shoot are Old Harry Rocks, Burton Bradstock, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. Although only viewable from a few limited points the grand rock arch Durdle Door is not to be missed. Parking Is also available nearby. Durdle Door I best shot in Autumn when the sun is in a perfect position to envelope the rock arch in a warm light around sunset. Also, you can shoot on the beach with the shoreline and waves as foreground interest. The Jurassic coast is best for looming cliffs, crystal-clear sea and sandy coves.
Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Located in the Scottish highland Glencoe and Rannoch Moor offers many tremendous photo opportunities. Glencoe is surrounded by towering mountain peaks, stretching from Rannoch Moor to Loch Leven. The mountain peaks during Autumn offer beautiful red and orange colourings to stand out in photographs. The Black Rock Cottage, which is a desolate cottage, dwarfed by the mountains creates a stunning foreground for photographs. In Autumn the colouring of the trees and mountain make this location seem eerie and remote. Glencoe and Rannoch Moor is best for mountain landscape photography and valley shots.
Black Rock Cottage by John McSporran
Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales
The Brecon Beacons national park is in South Wales. Brecon Beacons offers spectacular views, waterfalls and beautiful sunsets. Be sure to check the sunrise and sunset times before visiting to get the shots you want as they are stunning to photograph in Autumn. The red sun casts light across the national park and when caught perfectly makes for extraordinary photographs. Low cloud sometimes covers the national park with the hills sticking above the clouds, a scene and a shot not to be missed. You will never be short of dazzling locations or parking here. The Brecon Beacons national park is best for sunset and waterfall shots.
Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland
Located just five minutes’ drive from Black Rock Cottage in Glencoe is Buachaille Etive Mor. With streams, rivers, peaks and a loch, this is the best place to shoot the natural beauty of Scotland. Taking up a low viewpoint makes the most of the little waterfalls here, with the added autumnal colours making this location very impressive. Parking is available with the waterfalls being only a 30-second walkaway. Buachaille Etive Mor is the best for waterfall, rivers and peak shots.
Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe by John McSporran
Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor
Wistman’s Wood is in Dartmoor national park in Devon. Wistman’s Wood is full of green moss-covered boulders, surround by draping, dwarf oaks. As well as other locations around Dartmoor national park, Wistman’s Wood is an excellent place to take photos with an added fantasy feel. In Autumn Wistman’s Wood lookers eerier than usual. Add in some morning mist to the equation and your pictures will turn out incredible. There is parking available nearby to Wistman’s Wood as well as for the Dartmoor national park. Wistman’s Wood is best for eerie and ancient woodland shots.
River Avon, South West England
The River Avon spans a large area of South West England. Some of the best locations along the River Avon are the stretches from Trowbridge to Bath and under Clifton suspension bridge. There is parking available all around the River Avon, so you will never be short of places to stop and take some photographs. In Autumn as all the leaves are turning red, orange and brown the view from Clifton suspension bridge is astonishing. With the architecture of the bridge and the beauty of the autumnal leaves on the tress this is the perfect autumnal location! The River Avon is best for river, bridge and canal boat shots.