5 great reasons to holiday in the UK this Autumn

As we begin to say goodbye to Summer and hello to the first whisper of Autumn, you may think that the perfect time to set off on a UK adventure is fading into the distance, only to emerge again with the arrival of Spring next year. However, Autumn comes hand in hand with some of the best times to pack your bag and explore the coast and countryside. Keep this quiet, but some might say it’s a better time to explore than the summer! We’ve picked five reasons to enjoy a staycation in Autumn, whether you’re venturing to the far reaches of Cornwall, through Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Sussex or the Isle of Wight.

Dog friendly beaches

With most beaches open again to dogs, now’s the best time to make the most of them. It’s gloriously quiet which means it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the empty stretches of sand on offer, where your dog (and you!) can take a dip in the sea any time of day. Generally, autumn provides us with some gorgeous crisp sunny days perfect for walking along the shore and spending an afternoon watching the comings and goings of the tide, hot chocolate in hand.


Cosy evenings

Cosy autumnal evenings are the perfect opportunity to head back to your cottage after a day of exploring. Relax on the sofa with a good book in front of the toasty fire or slip into the warmth of a hot tub with a glass of something tasty. Really, what’s better?

Peace and quiet

We’re all for enjoying the summertime but the school holidays ending for another year means it’s a lot quieter around. This makes it a great time to explore the local area without getting stuck in traffic and with parking spots aplenty! Whether you’re venturing out to a nearby beach, a woodland walk, or a gorgeous town or village, it’s a great time to explore and reap the benefits of the tranquility that autumn brings. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get a spot on the beach for those gorgeous sunsets!

Great time for activities

There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy in Autumn, including surfing whilst it’s quieter but the water temperature’s still pleasant from the warmth of the summer sun. It’s also one of the best times of the year for walking – witness the change in nature as the leaves start to fall, head off on colourful autumnal walks in that crisp, refreshing air and feel the crunch of leaves underfoot. There are also many wonderful events taking place, including food and literary festivals and free Heritage Open Days for a step back in time at no cost to you.

Photo opportunities aplenty

The changing of the seasons brings a shift in nature’s colours, making it an optimal time for photography. Capture the golden and amber hues of the foliage in the countryside, photograph the complementing colours of the sunrise and the sunset and take advantage of the golden light that sticks around for much longer this time of year.

Where’s your favourite place to visit during the autumn?

Simon Tregoning is the Chairman at Classic Cottages. Classic Cottages have an exclusive portfolio of places to stay, handpicked in the best locations from the tip of far west Cornwall across the south of England and over on the Isle of Wight.

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