The best places to spot autumn colour in West Wales

One of the most spectacular sights on a blowy autumn day – and a highlight of the year – is the expanse of colour produced by woodlands during this season. Something to brighten our days with the dark of winter looming ahead!4 people on an autumnal sunset walk

Here in West Wales there are a host of sites for you to visit, beautiful woodlands to walk among, and vistas to gaze at. Creating a grand spectacle particularly where there are large numbers of the right kinds of tree, the leaves start to turn in September and continue through October.

Places to visit

Why not go for an autumn walk, whether in natural woodland or one of the many formal gardens?

Newton House in the distance behind autumn leaves

Dinefwr Park

For golden beech leaves, visit the Hafod Estate near Aberystwyth, with its eerily beautiful river, and waterfalls, gorges and hillsides buried under the canopy. There are tracks and trails winding through the woods at Bwlch Nant yr Arian as well as a Visitor Centre and views of Red Kites, and the 18th-century landscape at Dinefwr Park is perfect for an autumn stroll.

Acer leaves against a blue sky


Acers and Dogwoods brighten up the woodland walks at Colby Woodland Gardens. There are three ancient woodlands of native trees at Green Castle Woods, near Carmarthen, while the Elan Valley’s beautiful displays are set off by its reservoirs and rivers.

For a more formal setting, the display of Nissa, Cornus and Sorrel trees at Aberglasney are a lovely sight, while the Acers, Maples, Crab Apples and exotic Katsura Tree at the National Botanic Gardens are a must-see.

To see all these and much much more, why not book a holiday in one of our beautiful holiday cottages in West Wales.

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