Every so often we get all adventurous and venture just outside the National Forest and this week we went all the way to Market Bosworth.
The arboretum in Market Bosworth Park is just beautiful all year round but I particularly wanted to check out the autumn colours so we headed down there with the dogs on Monday and it certainly didn't disappoint.
Last time we went it was conker season and we collected enough to fill a big wooden bowl which now graces our kitchen windowsill. This time we were greeted by the sight of trees still laden with apples - everything from tiny green crab apples to much larger and rosier versions. The oaks in the parkland were a wonderful mix of green, russet and brown as the leaves are gradually turning.
The real treat though was when we arrived on the far side of the park at the arboretum. Reds from the maples, stunning dogwoods with everything from pale lime and light russet leaves to almost purple stems, rich green evergreens - it's got the lot at the moment.
I once lived in Pennsylvania in the USA for a year. We were surrounded by woodland and when we left in October my last memories are the beautiful colours of the trees turning. I don't know if it is global warming, the planting of the National Forest, or simply because I notice it more now but I think the trees around here give an autumn display that is every bit as stunning as those of my memories from the other side of the pond.
If, like me, you love a bit of autumn colour then it's well worth popoing down to Market Bosworth Country Park - head across the parkland towards the duck pond and on the other side of it you'll find the Arboretum. Well kept paths lead you down under the trees meandering past the Stew Pools and over little stone bridges. There is a bird feeding/watching area, benches to rest on and an amazing variety of trees. It's a great space to while away the time and enjoy natures wonderful autumn display.
If you are heading down that way I can recommend combining your visit to the park with either refreshments at Cafe Torte (just off the market square in Bosworth), or a trip to the Farmers Market (held on the 4th Sunday of the month).
I just can't resist a footpath sign. The lure of that little arrow just says 'explore me' and sooner or later I just have to find out where it goes. Happily the National Forest is just full of paths. Public footpaths, permissive paths, tracks, trails and long distance paths - we've got the lot!