Autumn Delights

“The mellow autumn came, and with it came the promised party.” – Lord Byron, probably one thing you could trust him on was to spot an opportunity for a good time. And surely autumn is the best of times. Glowing leaves, crisp skies, bright berries urging us to get out there and snatch the last golden days before the winter dark. New England may have ‘leaf-peeping’ hotlines, but the beech-woods of Bucks have their own enchantments. Even when it rains.

I love autumn….   So was delighted to be asked to pick some places to enjoy autumn in Bucks (even if it rains) for Buckinghamshire Life magazine.

Here’s a PDF of the full article – Bucks Autumn or it’s on Buckinghamshire Life’s website

And here’re links to the places I wrote about –

Waddesdon

For fairy-tale grandeur and innovative art installations

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Bruce Munro art installations for the 'Winter Light' trail through the grounds
Bruce Munro art installations for the ‘Winter Light’ trail through the grounds

Waddesdon website

Chiltern Open Air Museum

For being open at night-time on Halloween, harvest traditions and stories by the fire in the roundhouse

Halloween
Halloween

Chiltern Open Air Museum website

Hughenden Manor

For all things apple and for being a secret WWII map-making base, codename ‘Operation Hillside’

Apple Day - 57 varieties grown at Hughenden
Apple Day – 57 varieties grown at Hughenden
tree sculpture
One of Ed Elliott’s ‘Watchmen’ sculptures commemorating the top-secret WWII map-makers

Hughenden Manor

Stowe

For neoclassical elegance and for having a ‘Lust and Illicit Love’ path and a pumpkin hunting trail through the grounds

Autumn Colours at Stowe The Palladian Bridge at Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire Chatham Island

Stowe

Wendover Woods

For the Rothschilds creating a trackway through the woods for their zebra & cart, but mainly for the Gruffalo….

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My niece making friends with the Gruffalo at Wendover Woods
My niece making friends with the Gruffalo at Wendover Woods

Wendover Woods