As we say goodbye to the sunny summer months and welcome in autumn, the Wiltshire countryside becomes a dazzling spectacle of ruby reds and burnt oranges, with crisp leaves crunching under your feet and bright blue skies stretching overhead. As the kids go back to school, autumn is the perfect time of year for couples and friends to plan a getaway to Wiltshire. You can make the most of the last warm days of the year with beautiful countryside walks, enjoy spooky days picking pumpkins as Halloween approaches, and get cosy in country pubs as you tuck into a hearty meal and sip on a glass of red wine (or two!). A stay at Mill Farm Glamping is the ideal way to experience the very best of Wiltshire in autumn, so keep reading to find out what we love most about it…
Why Visit Wiltshire in Autumn?
Autumn is an enchanting time of year to take a trip to Wiltshire. It may get a little chillier and the air may feel a little crisper, but the most beautiful sights of summer still remain. Visitors can soak up the glory of our incredible region all year round, but in autumn you’ll be met with the rich ruby red and golden yellow hues of leaves about to fall from their trees – a sight which is unparalleled in beauty!
As kids return to school after the summer holidays, Wiltshire becomes a tranquil oasis, perfect for quiet couples’ retreats, friend group getaways, and families with small children before their school years begin. For families with older kids, you can plan an October half term getaway and get in the spooky spirit with Halloween festivities. The region is jam-packed full of picturesque places to walk, sensational sites to visit, and fantastic activities to get involved in – there’s no shortage of incredible sights to keep yourself and your loved ones entertained during a trip to Wiltshire this autumn!
Top 5 Places to See the Autumn Colours in Wiltshire
1) Kennet & Avon Canal
One of the very best ways to experience the beauty of Wiltshire in autumn is a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal, reachable via a short drive from Mill Farm. On an atmospheric autumnal morning, it’s a refreshing and invigorating way to start the day, with gorgeous clouds of mist hanging above the water and moored canal boats. There are many opportunities to join the canal path, including the Caen Hill Locks in Devizes.
Distance from Mill Farm: 10-minute drive.
2) Bowood Estate
The expansive parkland of Bowood Estate is the perfect place for an autumnal adventure in Wiltshire. You can take a stroll around the tranquil lake designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, wander through the arboretum, and explore the sublime gardens. There are a fantastic range of events happening throughout the season, including garden tours, a Halloween Ball, and kids’ activities such as a scarecrow trail and biscuit decorating!
Distance from Mill Farm: 25-minute drive.
Awash with colour in the autumn months, Longleat is a fantastic destination to visit this autumn during your visit to Wiltshire. You can enjoy peaceful walks taking in the beauty of Shearwater Lake or the stunning views from Heaven’s Gate, looking out across the estate. During October half-term, there are so many fun activities to get stuck into, including swooping owl displays, pumpkin carving, and mini tractor driving! There’s so much fun for everyone to get involved in at Longleat this autumn.
Distance from Mill Farm: 40-minute drive.
4) Savernake Forest
Covering an extensive 2750 acres, Savernake Forest is located just outside of Marlborough and makes a gorgeous spot to explore during the autumn months. As the luscious greens of summer slip away, the forest is a magical landscape of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows, making for an incredible walk even on the greyest of days. If you do happen to go on a rainy day, the patter of rain amongst the trees creates a smooth and serene atmosphere, making it the ideal place for a leisurely autumnal walk.
Distance from Mill Farm: 45-minute drive.
5) The Devenish
The Devenish is a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve located near Salisbury, offering incredible views over the Woodford Valley. The flora is particularly picturesque during autumn, and you can incorporate the nature reserve into a circular walk to Old Sarum (the site of the original Salisbury Cathedral), where you’ll be met with even more stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
Distance from Mill Farm: 45-minute drive.
Amazing Autumn Breaks at Mill Farm Glamping
Searching for the perfect way to experience the very best of Wiltshire in the autumn time? With a stay at Mill Farm Glamping, you’ll find everything you could possibly want from a luxurious glamping staycation in the southwest of England.
Our gorgeous organic farm has a range of different accommodations available, including Luxury Canvas Lodges, the Mill Farm House, Squirrel Lodge – the UK’s first two-storey canvas lodge – and King Arthur’s Willow, a magnificent treehouse. You can even live like a Hobbit and stay in our brand-new, hand-crafted Shire Houses, located in a tranquil meadow for total privacy from the rest of the farm.
Each accommodation type offers a luxury experience where you can cosy up in front of the fire, play board games with your loved ones, read your favourite book or delve into a new adventure, and truly make the most of your autumnal staycation. Our farm offers an incredible range of on-site activities, including a straw play area, archery lessons, alpaca walking, and laser clay pigeon shooting, so there’s no shortage of fantastic fun to get involved in, without even leaving the site! Book your awe-inspiring autumn stay in the Wiltshire countryside today!