As golden leaves begin to fall to the ground. Giving room for shafts of late-summer sun to filter through ever-barer trees, autumn’s a special time of year. What better way to enjoy these unique moments than by dropping the top of your Jaguar F-Type Convertible or gazing out of the panoramic sunroof of your F-Pace Portfolio and heading for an atmospheric drive. If you’re looking for some tips on where to head, here are some of our favourite autumnal scenic drives right here at home.
Located in Hawkshead between Lakes Coniston and Windermere, you’ll see the very best of the beautiful Lake District as you drive to Grizedale Forest. See the stunning colours of autumn change upon towering oak, elder and beech trees; shades of burnt orange and warming russet above as you park up. Then head out for a leisurely stroll through the forest, kicking up leaves as you go.
Possibly the most famous of all the UK’s forests, Robin Hood’s former stomping ground lies in Nottinghamshire. The visitor centre’s on the B6034 just north of Edwinstowe, not far from Center Parcs. Once you get to the forest, jump out to follow the footsteps of legend along one of the trails, and gaze up at England’s Tree of the Year 2014 - The Major Oak - which is estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Explore some of the Scottish Highlands’ most breathtaking scenery with a drive around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. It takes a couple of hours to drive around the loch, where you can stop off at one of the little beaches along the shore should you fancy. Then drive along the Duke’s Pass and take a seat outside the visitor center for a scenic cup of coffee, before heading down to Loch Katrine for a cruise on the historic Sir Walter Scott steamship.
England’s Forestry Commission describes the National Arboretum as a ‘natural fireworks display’, and the warming hues of autumn mean it’s the perfect time to visit. Around 15,000 trees are spread out over 600 acres in this Cotswolds haven, which sits just a few miles southwest of Tetbury.
Soak up the views of the Wye Valley in South Wales - as summer draws to a close - by visiting this lovely little village that straddles the River Wye. Not far from the border with England, the Forest of Dean throws up some fabulous colours at this time of year, and you’ll get a good look at them as you drive up to Symonds Yat Rock for breathtaking panoramas.
Whether you fancy taking your Jaguar to some of these spots during autumn, or are heading out to another of the UK’s many picturesque places, why not pop into your local H.A. Fox for a complimentary visual safety check, to make sure your car’s ready for the changing seasons.