With mixed weather over the last few months, we’ve all been eagerly waiting for the annual show of autumn colour.

It’s finally here and a kaleidoscope of rich browns, golden yellows, vibrant reds, and vivid oranges can be found in gardens, woodlands, and parklands across Wales.

Now is the time to see the country in its full autumn glory so dig out your knitwear, pull on your walking boots, and feel the crunch of leaves underfoot as you take a walk through an incredibly vibrant landscape at one of National Trust Cymru’s top spots to soak up the autumn colour.

Thankfully the Welsh borderlands are home to some of the most stunning places to visit in Wales.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

The Chirk Castle estate with its 480-acres of woodland, meadow, and tenanted grassland dazzles in autumn when ancient trees light up the landscape in a vibrant show of reds, yellows, burnt oranges, and golds.

Follow the Woodland Walk for a chance to see the majestic 500-year-old sweet chestnut in rich golden yellows, or on a clear day, try the Old Golf Walk for spectacular views towards the Forest of Bowland 70 miles to the north, and the Peak District 65 miles to the East.


Autumn is also the best time to go in search of fungi here too as they are easiest to spot in these moist conditions when they can feed and grow. Don’t miss the colourful grassland fungi, particularly Waxcaps, which form part of Chirk’s SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) accreditation.

Border Counties Advertizer: Erddig in the rain.Erddig in the rain. Picture by John Barrett.

Erddig, Wrexham

Erddig’s Yorke family did not want to hide their beautiful estate away, understanding the value of nature to the health and wellbeing of their local community, and for over 300 years visitors have been welcome to explore this special place on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Take an autumn stroll around the 18th-century garden and marvel at the impressive pleached lime avenues that sit either side of the lawn. In early spring each of these 168 trees are clipped by hand, a gruelling task which is estimated to take 10 weeks and a total of 65,000 snips.

However, the hard work undoubtedly pays off as the trees provide a show-stopping glowing display of deep yellow, long into the autumn months.

For a longer walk, head out to explore the 1200-acre estate with its charming Cup and Saucer waterfall and soak up the dazzling show of autumn colour created by its historic old trees, some of of which are home-grown and others of which are from overseas introduced in the 1800s when the park was landscaped.