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A blaze of reds, oranges and browns: England and Wales in autumn

Now is a great time to visit England and Wales

With the colourful autumn season on its way in England and Wales and the countryside showing a blaze of reds, oranges and browns from the autumn leaves ready to fall from the trees, it’s a great time to visit and discover this land of rolling hillsides, lakes, rugged mountains and beautiful coastlines.

Here are just a few ideas of great places to visit to get you started:

Lake District

The Lake District is a beautiful region in north-west England, famous for its stunning lakes and mountains and home to Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England.

It is the largest national park in England and Wales and makes a great holiday destination with an abundance of things to do, whether you fancy a lakeside stroll or a challenging hike; a leisurely cycle ride or mountain biking through the forest; kayaking on the river; fishing; visiting historical landmarks or just enjoying the breath-taking scenery.Check out the Lake District National Park website for more information on things to do, and our hostels in the Lake District for where to stay.


An ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the south west of England, the Cotswolds is quintessentially English. The region has a wonderful rustic charm and the gentle hillsides, farmlands, sleepy villages and historic market towns help make it undeniably beautiful and a great place to explore.

Stay at YHA Stow-On-The-Wold to explore the heart of the Cotswolds; discover the World Heritage City of Bath and its beautiful Georgian architecture with a stay at YHA Bath; or visit the home of the great William Shakespeare and stay at YHA Stratford upon Avon.


The Snowdonia region in north Wales is home to Snowdonia National Park, a park covering 823 square miles full of mountains, lakes, rivers and coastline. This stunning scenery provides the perfect backdrop to do some walking or hiking, or for the more adventurous some mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking or even canyoning. Stay at Bryn Gwynant YHA, located in 40 acres of woodland and ideal for outdoor activities.

Snowdonia is also home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. Stay at the Snowdon Ranger YHA and take the challenge to climb up to the summit, or simply catch the Mountain Railway and enjoy the scenery on the way up.


Cornwall is located in the south-west corner of England and is almost completely surrounded by the sea. Famous for Cornish pasties and delicious cream teas (tea with scones, clotted cream and jam); Cornwall is a great place to visit if you want to experience the great British seaside.

Things to do here include learning to surf, fishing, boat trips, visiting gardens and iconic attractions such as the Eden ProjectSt Michael’s Mount and Land’s End.

Check out the Visit Cornwall website for more information and our hostels in Cornwall for where to stay.

Hostelling International offers hostels throughout England and Wales – check out our England & Wales page for a full list of hostels and make your booking today!

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