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10 of the best places to see autumn colour in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 15:03 05 November 2018

Hawley Lake in Farnborough (Photo by Heike Brueck)

Hawley Lake in Farnborough (Photo by Heike Brueck)

Heike Brueck

Hampshire is full of autumnal scenes this month, so we asked the county’s photographers to share their secret spots for stunning vistas

Alton Abbey Gardens

The tranquil grounds behind this Anglican Benedictine Monastery are full of red, gold and green as the season changes.

Alton Abbey gardens (Photo by Neil Perry)Alton Abbey gardens (Photo by Neil Perry)

Getting there: The Abbey grounds are open to visitors to wander any time during daylight hours. Abbey of Our Lady & St. John, Abbey Rd, Alton, GU34 4AP


Mark Ash Wood

Some may argue there’s no finer place than the New Forest for autumn colour, and this photograph of Mark Ash Wood shows off the area perfectly. Go off the beaten track in the Forest and you are sure to be greeted with similar scenes.

Mark Ash Wood in the New Forest (Photo by New Forest Wanderer)Mark Ash Wood in the New Forest (Photo by New Forest Wanderer)

Getting there: Grid reference, SU 2465 0730, approx postcode, SO43 7GQ. You could park at Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive Car Park and follow the grid reference (approx 1 minute walk).

Harold Hillier Gardens

The stunning collection of trees and plants at Harold Hillier Gardens really come in to their own during autumn as this photograph shows. With lots to explore for all the family as well as a busy events calendar, there is always something new to experience.

The lake at Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey (Photo by James West)The lake at Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey (Photo by James West)

Getting there: Open 10am to 6pm, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA. Entrance fees start at £10.90 for adults and £2.60 for children. Under 5s go free. Concessions also available.

St Giles Hill

Get a different perspective of Winchester from this incredible view point just 10 minutes from the city centre. Look down over landmarks such as Wolvesey Castle and Winchester College and take in the beautiful autumn scenes.

Wolvesey Castle and Winchester College from St Giles Hill in Winchester (Photo by Andy Latt)Wolvesey Castle and Winchester College from St Giles Hill in Winchester (Photo by Andy Latt)

Getting there: Park at Chesil Multi-storey, Barfield Close, Winchester, SO23 0HU and take a climb up the steep steps to the park and viewpoint. 


Hawley Lake

Take a circular tour around the lake through Hawley Woods for stunning autumnal views. If surroundings seem familiar, it is because part of the latest Jurassic World movie was set here. Watch out for those stray dinosaurs!

Hawley Lake in Farnborough (Photo by Heike Brueck)Hawley Lake in Farnborough (Photo by Heike Brueck)

Getting there: Park on the hard standing before the sailing club where trails will lead you around the lake and through the woodland. Old Minley Rd, Camberley, GU17 9QG

5 more to see

The Forest of Bere - A wonderful mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland not far from the village of Wickham. Includes a great natural playground for children. Open from 8am to dusk, parking charges apply.

Blackwood Forest - For a true taste of autumnal charm, book a stay in the stunning Blackwood Forest with Forest Holidays. Choose your own luxury wood cabin and sleep among the trees at this magical time of year. Prices start from around £625 for two adults on a three night stay.

The Vyne - Once visited by kings and queens, The Vyne is where you can stretch the legs and indulge the eye with autumn colour. A steaming cup of tea and or hot chocolate is a welcome revival after emerging from a landscape flecked with blazing leaves. Entrance is £11.75 for adults and £5.90 for children.

Exbury Gardens - A spectacular 200 acre estate that puts on a show as the leaves turn. Hop onboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway and relax as you weave in and out of the breathtaking autumn scenes. Entrance is £15.30 for adults in advance and £8.95 for children.

River Hamble Country Park - Explore this riverside woodland and enjoy glorious autumn hues at this time of year. The best views are near the river pontoon in Catland Copse on the eastern side of the park, where trees line each side of the estuary. Parking charges apply. Open daily from 8.30am.

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