Now that Halloween has passed, it really does feel like autumn. Though the mild days are perhaps a little unseasonal, they are great for getting out and enjoying the countryside and the changing colours of the leaves on the trees.
Pant is a great base for exploring Shropshire and Powys. The Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve in the village is nice at any time of year, but it’s especially good in autumn with the leaves turning yellow, bronze and red. From the top of the rocks on a fine and crisp autumn day there are some wonderful views over the surrounding fields and villages.
Offa’s Dyke path runs through the reserve, so if you fancy heading further afield, this is a good place to start your walk and also has lots of spectacular views of the surrounding area.
The Breidden Hills, about eight miles south of the village, are another popular waking destination offering amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding Shropshire and Welsh countryside.
Looking a bit further afield, a visit to the Mere in Ellesmere is one of our favourite days out, suitable for just about anyone – either for a short walk, to feed the geese and ducks or just to have a coffee overlooking the Mere.
This week we heard that Attingham Park near Atcham was also looking spectacular in its autumn colours and we saw some lovely photos to prove it. There were stunning fungi to spot in the park and the fallow deer were looking majestic.
At this time of year, the days are getting shorter, and the shortest day is really not that far off, so any bright and dry spells offer a fantastic opportunity to get out and capture your own little bit of autumn magic before winter closes in.