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Awesome Autumn Days Out
This month the countryside is ablaze with colour. Here’s our guide to some of the best places to enjoy nature’s spectacular display
Jenny Mark-Bell


The red and gold acer grove is the star of the autumn garden. Combine a walk in the crisp autumn air with a visit to the house to luxuriate in the stunning William Morris interiors. The Morris & Co: Inspired by Nature exhibition continues until 10 November.

Keen snappers might like to join the outdoor photography courses on 10 and 15 October (£55) led by local photographer Roger Bloxham, who will provide guidance on how to capture the stunning shades of the season. There’s also an Apple Day on 12 October showcasing the fruit of the orchard.

Dogs are welcome – there are acres of woodland to explore on the wider estate and they are allowed on paths in the formal gardens. West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE 01342323029; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ standen-house-and-garden


The much-photographed lakeside vista glows with burnished colours, ranging from yellows and ambers right through to the deepest purples, all reflected in the glassy water. From 23 September to 10 November the gardens will be opening early to enable visitors to soak up the display in the morning, when the reflections in the lake are at their most splendid.

There’s so much to do on a day out to Sheffield Park: when you’ve finished admiring the specimen trees and formal planting, enjoy a walk in the estate’s parkland or the wilder environs of Walk Wood.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the landscape garden after 1.30pm daily. Dogs on leads are also welcome in the parkland and off-lead in East Park at all times. Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3QX 01825790231: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ sheffield-park-and-garden;


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October 2019