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Embrace the Colours of Autumn: Top 5 Autumn Adventures in the UK

Updated: Oct 23

Grab your scarves and pumpkin spice lattes, folks! Autumn is about to take you on an adventure you won't forget. The season's fiery foliage and crisp air turns the UK into a playground for nature lovers and thrill-seekers. In this blog, we're diving headfirst into the top five autumn adventures in the UK. So buckle up for some canoeing, biking and walking adventures and make sure your autumn is filled with fun!

1. Canoeing Over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen, Wales:

Let's kick things off in the enchanting town of Llangollen in North Wales, where a quirky adventure awaits. Picture this: You're in a canoe, cruising high above the Dee Valley on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest aqueduct in the WORLD! You are soaking in jaw-dropping views of autumn's fiery foliage reflecting in the canal below. The only thing louder than your racing heart is the occasional "quack" from a curious duck.

The 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, and you can see why!

So rent a canoe or take the journey on your paddle board and have an incredible adventure like no other, whilst taking in the incredible views over the Welsh valley.

For more information and to book click here.

Canoeing over Pontcysyllte
Canoeing over Pontcysyllte

2. All Aboard the Hogwarts Express - Scottish Highlands

Choo, choo! Calling all train fanatics, Potterheads and muggles alike! Prepare to embark on a magical adventure as we hop on the Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite Steam Train, which played a starring role as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films, will whisk you away through some of Scotland's most enchanting scenery.

Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. It's a must-do on the Top 5 UK autumn adventure list! Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it then visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig. However the highlight of this journey is crossing over the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (made famous in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument.

Times: The morning service runs from Monday 3rd April to Friday 27th October 2023. The afternoon service operates from Monday 1st May to Friday 29th September 2023 (both are on seven days per week).

For more information and to book click here.

Jacobite Steam Train Adventure
The Hogwart's Express

3. Idyllic Kent Countryside on an Electric Bike Adventure

Prepare to be enchanted by the timeless beauty of the English countryside as you embark on a self-guided electric bike tour through the picturesque landscapes of Kent. With the ease and assistance of electric bikes, you'll effortlessly glide past thatched-roof cottages, historic castles, and vibrant market towns, all while immersing yourself in the scenic wonders of this captivating region.

Armed with a rental electric bike, a handy map, and suggested itineraries, you'll set out on a self-guided adventure through the heart of Kent. These electric bikes are designed for ease of use, ensuring that cyclists of all skill levels can enjoy the journey.

Along the way, take leisurely stops at bustling markets, charming pubs, and inviting vineyards. Discover the region's rich history as you pass by ancient castles and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of its market towns. With the electric bike's assistance, you'll effortlessly conquer the rolling hills and winding paths that make Kent a cyclist's paradise.

For more information and to book click here.

Westgate towers and Guildhall in Canterbury, Kent
Westgate towers and Guildhall in Canterbury, Kent

4. Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District, England:

Get ready to plunge headfirst into the untamed beauty of the Lake District! Brace yourself for an outdoor adventure like no other—ghyll scrambling! This unique activity is synonymous with the rugged landscapes of the Lake District, offering you a chance to conquer the mountain streams in a thrilling way.

Ghyll scrambling isn't your average outdoor escapade. To take on this exciting challenge, you'll be kitted out in a wetsuit, helmet, and all the necessary gear, so it's perfect even for cooler autumn days. Once geared up, you'll embark on a journey that involves climbing, sliding down natural rock chutes, and hopping from one crystal-clear pool to another, all within the heart of the Lake District's ghylls (mountain streams).

For more information and to book click here.

Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District
Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District

5. Meander through the cobbled streets of the Cotswolds, England:

Go on a self-guided walking tour through Cotswolds, a picturesque region known for its honey-coloured cottages and rolling hills. While the Cotswolds are stunning year-round, the autumn season adds an extra layer of charm. Go on a treasure hunt to find hidden gems or take a walk along the Cotswold Way, where you'll be surrounded by golden fields and quaint villages. Visit the market towns of Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water to soak up the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Don't forget to indulge in a traditional cream tea at one of the local tearooms to complete your Cotswolds experience.

For more information and to book click here.

Castle Combe in the Cotswolds at sunset
Castle Combe village within the Cotswolds, England


Here's a list of some other ideas of adventures to have this autumn:

  • Visit a National Trust location. The National Trust are offering FREE entry this autumn. All you have to do is apply for a a free, single-use pass to use between 18 September and 20 October 2023. Apply HERE.

  • Go on a forest adventure of a different kind. If you're brave enough and have a head for heights why not take on a high-ropes course at Go Ape.

  • Wander around a woodland taking in the beautiful autumnal colours at a Forestry England location.

  • Get out to a dark skies reserve and stargaze to your heart's content. For more advice check out Go Stargazing.

  • Step into history at an English Heritage site, visit castle ruins, beautiful gardens and even see a re-enactment!

  • Challenge yourself to climb a mountain. For advice on how to #getoutside visit Ordnance Survey here.

Autumn in the UK is a time of transformation and adventure. Each of these experiences offers a unique way to embrace the beauty of the season. From canoeing over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen to visiting an English Heritage site, there is something for everyone! So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and set out on some autumnal adventures and go explore the UK. This is a season you won't want to miss!

Thank you for reading and as always, if you have any questions please leave these in the comments below.

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Happy Adventuring!!

Janire xo

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