Autumn Stroll at Westonbirt Arboretum

Red Japanese Maple, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Japanese Maple at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England.

A recent visit to Westonbirt National Arboretum to enjoy the colors of autumn proved colorful indeed. Although colors were not at their peak, a nice smattering stood out among the 14,902 trees (2,500 different types) seen from portions of the 17 miles of accessible paths. The Arboretum comprises three areas: Silk Wood, an ancient, semi-natural woodland with exotic plantings throughout; the Old Arboretum, a designed landscape dating from the 1850’s with trees from around the world; and the Downs, a species-rich grassland.

The day of the visit was a mixed bag as far as weather was concerned. Exploration before lunch took place in the Silk Wood area under grey and rainy skies. Although somewhat gloomy, the grey backdrop and diffused light really made the colors pop. After lunch (which was a delicious pulled pork sandwich from the open barbeque outside the Arboretum’s restaurant), the skies had cleared and the sun was shining. During the Old Arboretum stroll, walking and photographing with a droplet-free lens were far more enjoyable, but the atmosphere felt completely different from that of Silk Wood. The change in lighting changed everything.

I was pleased with a lot of the images that I was able to capture, but decided to limit how many I posted to just a few of my favorites, mostly taken from Silk Wood before the sun came out. I hope you enjoy!

Tree Tunnel, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Shady Path at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Path with Bench at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Path at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Tree at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Tiny White Mushrooms, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Purple Berries, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Chestnut Pods, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Path at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK

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About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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8 Responses to Autumn Stroll at Westonbirt Arboretum

  1. avian101 says:

    What a beautiful place! Nice shots! 🙂

  2. atkokosplace says:

    What a magical place to walk through! The pictures are great, but I imagine they don’t do it justice as in person. So awesome!

  3. ahealthybean says:

    These are beautiful images! The first three in particular are wonderful – it seems like a magical place to explore.

  4. leiah says:

    I like the Red leaves and Blue berries (proud American). Your sandwich sounds delish!!!

  5. Heyjude says:

    A place I have always been meaning to visit, but haven’t quite made it yet. Arboretums are such wonderful places in spring and autumn. Great photos!

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  7. We just need some properly frosty nights, then the leaves will really show their autumn hues.

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