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Autumn is arguably the best time of the year to venture into the outdoors as nature begins to transform for the winter, birds start to migrate and the weather turns chilly, but not yet too cold.

If you're thinking of having a weekend out and about this November, we have listed some of the best places to visit to see the best bits of the changing climate. These places are all reachable by car and have various accessibility features.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Facilities:

  • Free entry for one essential carer per disabled visitor
  • Scooter and wheelchair loan
  • Accessible paths
  • Disabled toilets
  • Assistance dogs welcome

Westonrbirt Arboretum is located near the historic market town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire.

With over 18,000 different kinds of shrubs and trees over 600 acres, Westonbirt Arboretum is one of the best places to see the changing season. You can take two different trips when visiting these stunning gardens, either The Old Arboretum or the Silk Wood. Explore as much or as little as you want of the 17 miles of paths situated beautiful nature.

The Old Arboretum is host to delightful rare and exotic trees, dating back to the 1800s, stately avenues and gorgeous vistas. The Silk Wood is a very different picture as it is a traditional working woodland which dates back to the 13th century. At Westonbrit Arboretum, you can see some of the tallest or largest trees of their kind in Britain.

There are hard paths throughout Westonbirt which are accessible for wheelchairs, scooters and buggies although some of the trails may be unsuitable depending on the weather. If you'd like to hire a scooter or wheelchair, you can do so from the Welcome Building, but these must be booked in advance.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the Arboretum and carers have no entry fee. You will be able to find all disabled toilets in the Welcome Building.

WestonBirt Arboretum in Autumn

Faskally Wood, Perthshire

Facilities:

  • Accessible toilet
  • Accessible picnic benches
  • Blue Badge bays
  • Concrete path surfaces
  • Access by ramps
  • Guide dogs allowed

Also known as Faskally Forest, this wooded area is located in the beautiful county of Perthshire in Scotland and very well known for its fantastic display of colour in autumn.

Archibald Edward Butler originally owned this 'model woodland' in the 19th century, before it was acquired by the Forestry Commission of Scotland in 1953.

There are several different trails to follow around Faskally Woods, depending on what type of view you're looking for. The Forestry Commission has a downloadable map with keys pointing out whether the walks are moderate or strenuous.

Dunmore Trail, a 1.2km walk is accessible for wheelchair users and takes you on a gentle scenic journey through the majestic trees around Loch Dunmore. The trail is largely a smooth gravel surface and will give you the opportunity to discover the perfect woodland and tranquil nature.

Also make sure to watch out for wildlife as there is plenty to see at Faskally Wood including kingfishers, herons, squirrels and goldeneye ducks.

At Faskally Wood, there are two Blue Badge parking spaces which are first come first serve and the car park is on a slight ramp. The picnic benches next to the car park are easily accessible with a slight slope leading up to them. You will find the accessible toilets located at the centre of the car park.

Faskally Wood in Autumn

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Facilities:

  • Blue Badge spaces
  • Guide dogs allowed
  • Tarmac car park
  • Free entry for carers
  • Platform lift entrance to Palace
  • Wheelchairs and scooters available to borrow
  • Disabled toilets

Blenheim Palace is situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and is home to one of the most extensive art collections in Europe.

The Park and Gardens of Blenheim Palace are more than 200 acres and come from the inspired work of landscape architect, Lancelot Brown. When visiting Blenheim Palace, you will find several points of interest including the Great Lake, Woodstock Manor and a statue of the first Duke of Marlborough.

If you decide to follow the path that goes around the perimeter of the park, you will catch a glimpse of the wide variety of wildlife. On the other hand, if you'd like to discover the beauty of the Formal Gardens, you'll see the stunning Water Terraces, the Duke's Private Italian Garden and the peaceful Secret Garden.

Colours of autumn are incredible at the Blenheim Palace as Lancelot Brown planted thousands of trees and engineered a landscape to thrive in the later months.

There are plenty of spaces for Blue Badge holders in the Palace car park and the tarmac surface means it is a level ground. It is free entry for carers at Blenheim Palace and if needed, there is the option to borrow a wheelchair or scooter from reception.

Unfortunately, guide dogs are allowed are only allowed in the park gardens.

Blenheim Palace in Autumn

Belsay Hall, Northumberland

Facilities:

  • Blue Badge parking
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair loan
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Levelled pathways

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are located in Northumberland and give plenty of opportunity to see the colours of nature changing with the season.

With over 20 acres of land to explore, there are plenty of things to see and do at Belsay Hall. To take in autumn at its fullest, make sure to visit the Enchanting Gardens and the Medieval Castle.

The Enchanted Gardens of Belsay Hall are a must-see. When the leaves are changing and the wildlife come out to play, these gardens are at their best. You can stroll through the lovingly restored grounds that packed with a wide variety of stunning shrubs and flowers. The Quarry gardens are especially unique as they are filled with winter flowering Rhododendrons and unusual plants.

When visiting the Medieval Castle, you can stand on the balcony at the top of the tower and enjoy the remarkable view over the grounds, watching as the leaves fall from the trees. This castle was built has a refuge at the time Anglo-Scot warfare and it is fascinating to see the traces of elaborate medieval paintings.

Belsay Hall Gardens are easily accessible, with level concrete paths running through and around the points of interest. The car park is also concrete and you will find Blue Badge parking and the disabled toilets situated there. Assistance dogs are welcome and if you would like to borrow a wheelchair, they are available from reception.

Belsay Hall, Northumberland in Autumn

We hope you have a fantastic autumn and enjoy viewing nature changing from one of these stunning locations around the UK.