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Autumn is one of the most colourful times of year to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon as the trees look their best dressed in reds, yellows, and golds. Take a walk from the ancient abbey ruins towards the Georgian water garden to see their colourful show. Pause at the Half Moon Pond behind Tent Hill and look for the Temple of Fame standing proud amongst the coloured trees, from dark green Scots Pine to yellow hornbeams. Wander along the High Ride Path to the Surprise View for breath-taking autumnal views and take in the Temple of Piety as it becomes surrounded by auburn beech trees and golden horse chestnuts. Continue to the deer park to see and hear one of nature’s autumn spectacles, as the stags in the deer park compete for status in the deer rut, roaring and clashing antlers.
When the low autumn sun shines, the garden at Beningbrough Hall just north of York, takes on orange hues, from the giant pumpkins to the frosted seed heads in the borders and the trees beyond. The large beech trees change to bronze and the lime tree avenue turns golden. For a sensory highlight, sniff out the katsura tree – as the heart-shaped leaves drop, the scent of candyfloss lingers in the air.
There's an abundance of colour in the gardens at Nunnington Hall near Helmsley in autumn. The vines on the wall start turning from green to orange and all shades between. The Black Walnut and the Liquidambar by the footbridge welcome visitors with their bright colours of yellow and bright red as they shed their leaves and create a carpet of autumn colour on the lawn by the river. The orchard trees are laden with fruit ready to be used by the tearoom and some left for the for the wildlife.