Wales is a destination which delivers in each and every season. But autumn in Wales is truly special. Natural beauty abounds and the flora and fauna alone offers far more than could ever be seen on just one visit.
So let’s take a look at some of the top destinations for nature lovers to visit in Wales this season:
Top Destinations in Wales for Autumn Leaves
The Wye Valley is a well known area of outstanding natural beauty. But, perhaps, it is never more beautiful than during the autumn, when its wooded ravines seem set ablaze by the autumnal foliage as it changes colour. Head to Tintern Abbey, where the romantic ruins are set off the great affect by a backdrop of multi-hued trees on the hills around. Or walk a section of the Wye Valley Walk.
Bwylch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is a wonderful place to visit when the trees are turning. Take the trail marked with a red footprint up the hill to enjoy stunning and colourful panoramic views. Once you’ve taken in the leaves, you can also see red kites being fed at the visitor centre and by the lake nearby.
Around the dams and reservoirs of the Elan Valley, you can admire the colourful foliage reflected in the water as you take a quiet stroll. This part of mid-Wales is another area where the trees come alive with fiery colours during the autumn months.
Another great destination for those who want to see autumn foliage in all its glory is Betwys-y-Coed. Walk from here to Swallow Falls and not only will you get to see the wonderful waterfalls but will also find plenty of spectacular viewpoints along the way.
Another great place to go is Bodnant Gardens, in North Wales, where you can see the Acers and other vibrant trees and shrubs as you stroll through beautiful gardens with stunning views towards the Snowdonian peaks.
Top Spots for Wildlife Watching in Autumn
Wales is wonderful for wildlife throughout the year. But in autumn, you can enjoy some truly awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles.
For example, see grey seals on Skomer island or one of its neighbours off the Pembrokeshire coast.
See the stunning starling murmurations at RSPB Newport Wetlands Preserve, or RSPB Conwy reserve.
Explore the largest population of moulting great crested grebes in Britain at the Traeth Lafan Local Nature Reserve near Bangor.
Or enjoy watching ducks and geese arrive to overwinter at Ynys-Hir Reserve, on the salt-marshes of the Dyfi Estuary.
You could also take a porpoise watching trip with the Sea Trust Survey from Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire to see porpoise and other sea life and help conserve them by recording the sightings on your trip.
Of course, these superb spots are just the beginning, and wherever you go in Wales you are sure to be amazed by the breathtaking plants and animal life that you encounter.