LEAF PEEPING is a trend the UK is getting behind. The autumn activity has crossed the pond from the US and Canada and experts have named all the best spots to see the beautiful foliage and colours of the season in the country.
Autumn is the perfect time to go outside. One outdoors activity gaining popularity in the UK is the leaf peeping trend coming from North America.
Leaf peeping is the activity of travelling to see the golden and red foliage of autumn.
Experts at Flying Flowers have named the best spots for leaf peeping in the UK.
In Scotland, the leaf peeping season starts in mid-September, as the leaves start to turn orange.
In England, the leaves reach their peak in October and tend to fall mid-November.
The best destination for leaf peeping was Grizedale Forest in Cumbria.
Located in the Lake District, Grizedale Forest is the perfect spot to see the autumn foliage.
With the beautiful setting of mountains and lakes, the forest has 10 walking trails and nine bike trails.
On Tripadvisor, user DancingRhinos said: “A magical experience.
“This is a treasure in the Lake District. The woods are stunning and intriguing – the trails are clearly marked – I was sorry we didn’t do a longer one.”
Coming second was Knightwood Oak Trail in New Forest.
The trail is home to the New Forest oldest tree, believed to have been planted in 1600.
Visitors can see both golden and red leaves in the New Forest, making this destination a leaf peeping paradise.
Third was Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
In the Cotswold, the Westonbirt Arboretum has thousands of trees from all over the world.
Gold, pink, red and yellow leaves are on display for leaf peeping visitors to marvel at.
Fourth on the list was Faskally Wood in Perthshire.
The Scottish Highlands destination is next to Loch Dunmore and offers plenty of trails to see the leaves and the beautiful surroundings.
In fifth place was Cardinham Woods in Cornwall.
There are both walking and cycling trails, as well as viewpoints in the woods, making for a fantastic leaf peeping experience.
1. Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
2. Knightwood Oak Trail, New Forest
3. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
4. Faskally Wood, Perthshire
5. Cardinham Woods, Cornwall
6. Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District
7. Hampstead Heath, London
8. Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire