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Randonneur
20-10-2009, 18:15
Hi all,

Anybody got any ideas for good places to go to see nature / trees etc in their autumn colours, preferably with wilding spots nearby. Thanks. :)

Dezi
20-10-2009, 18:29
Hi, westburton arboretum 15 mins from juction 18 on the M4
is wonderful.

Dezi

Randonneur
20-10-2009, 18:45
Hi, westburton arboretum 15 mins from juction 18 on the M4
is wonderful.

Dezi

Hi Dezi,

Any stopovers near there? :)

biggirafe
20-10-2009, 20:35
Hi the website is
Forestry Commission - Westonbirt - The National Arboretum (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt)

Also not so far away is the Forest Of Dean
Forest of Dean Tourist Information Official Site (http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/)

We live between the 2 in Gloucester and are spoilt for choice at this time of year. Westonbirt is fantastic but costs a lot for entry.

The entire forest of dean is free to visit and unofficially turns a blind eye to people parking up for the night. In another thread someone mentioned they will lock you in the carparks if you are there after 7.30pm. We have not done this but I have parked off in a couple of forestry roads in the past.

If you are unsure there are a few CC&C CL's in the forest and a couple of larger sites. Well worth a visit this time of year. Loads of cycle tracks and walking. Yes I love the place :)

Captain
20-10-2009, 20:43
Although very nice, IMHO Westonbirt is expensive and I don't think they will let you stay.

Try The Royal Forest of Dean. Lovely area and plenty of parking places.

Try here, your not supposed to overnight but we have had no problems, the wardens are good local boys and will just tell you the barrier will be locked until 0900! Great nature trail too.

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/captainmp/BeechenhurstLodge.jpg

ajs
20-10-2009, 21:33
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been to both.. westonbirt has greater diversity and a wider range of colours/effects but you pay for the privilege ;)
btw...Charlie Royal has a place not tooooo far away you could always ask him for a driveway park-up for the night :confused:

FOD not as spectacular and tree variety is limited by comparison ...
never the less, still worth a visit at any time of the year...and it's free :rolleyes:


then there's batsford arboretum... somewhere in the middle...:eek:
(googleit)


these 2 shots are from westonbirt last year....:cool:


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/pmms/Picture047.jpg


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/pmms/Picture048.jpg


:)


regards;)
aj

maingate
20-10-2009, 22:08
Why don`t you just google the following....

Dulux - factories. You will be spoiled for choice. ;);)

channa
20-10-2009, 22:13
Clumber park in Notts is colourful this time of year (originally part of Sherwood forest ) ..there is a caravan club site too ..mid week about a tenner all in ...and a few places to wild if that really tickles your fancy

Channa


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