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Travel: Autumn Colour

Top Spots to See Autumn Colour on UK’s Historic Waterways

Pocklington Canal

Whether it’s an energetic hike with friends, a short stroll spotting wildlife with your little one or a slow amble to appreciate the beautiful, historic landscape around you, the Canal & River Trust has selected 12 of its finest sites that provide special places to walk and wonder at nature’s seasonal splendour. The Canal & River Trust has over 2,000 miles of beautiful historic and traffic- free waterways that are entirely free to explore. Take advantage of the dazzling leaf displays and discover special places that help you to breathe more deeply, to reflect and to enjoy some much-needed exercise whilst drinking in the unique atmosphere and calmness of being near the water. Here are the most celebrated colourful places to walk this autumn.


Peak Forest Canal, Marple Lock Flight, Marple, Greater Manchester

Peak Forest Canal

The flight of 16 locks at Marple is a spectacular sight, one of the steepest flights in Britain and set within the beautiful wooded countryside. At the top of the locks is Marple Aqueduct, the highest aqueduct in England and a scheduled ancient monument. The aqueduct runs over the River Goyt and amidst this heavily wooded river valley, the canal snakes through a mixture of mature beech trees and ancient semi-natural woodland including oak, sycamore, horse chestnut and holly. The Peak Forest Canal is one of Britain’s most scenic waterways, running through the magnificent landscape to the edge of the Peak District.

Getting there: parking available at Brabyns Park, Brabyns Brow, Marple Bridge, SK6 5DT.


Pocklington Canal, Pocklington, Yorkshire

Once derelict Pocklington Canal is now one of the country’s best canals for nature and virtually the whole length of the canal falls within one of three Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The canal runs from Canal Head near Pocklington to the River Derwent in East Cottingwith. Its over-hanging trees give way to colourful woodland pockets and hedgerows. As you travel along its length you’ll be able to hear wildfowl on the nearby nature reserve and spot late autumn dragonflies from the towpath as you admire the changing leaves.

Getting there: park in the small car park at Canal Head, just off the A1079 York to Hull road. YO42 1NW.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Farnhill, Nr Kildwick, North Yorkshire

As the mill towns drift into countryside follow the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as it snakes from Bingley towards Skipton. At Farnhill there’s a sheer wooded cutting that provides an impressive ravine to journey through. Each side of this tiny wooded valley and Farnhill Wood provide displays of beech, oak, silver birch and sycamore interspersed with some evergreen holly bushes.

Getting there: park along the Main Street in Farnhill, just off the A629 to Skipton, BD20 9BW.


Llangollen Canal, Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales

Follow the Llangollen Canal from Horseshoe Falls, above Llangollen through to Chirk, taking in the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Pass through the Vale of Llangollen, a beautiful valley with native woodlands all the way through, and then cross the Rivers Dee and Clywedog valleys – which provide spectacular displays when viewed from the aqueducts.

Getting there: parking is available at Horseshoe Falls LL20 8BN or at the aqueducts at Trevor Basin Car Park  LL20 7TY.
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