Autumn at Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire

September 1st heralds the first day of Autumn, or, as I prefer to think, the dawning of an Indian Summer. There is still so much to see and enjoy whilst staying here in Wiltshire before the clocks go back and the evenings turn to dark.

The sun is now lower in the sky, and the vibrant light of summer is giving way to the mellowness associated with the sweet scent of apples and pears ripening on the trees, the russet colour of the berries beginning to show like jewels in the hedgerows. Early morning mists bring dew like sparkling diamonds to perfectly formed cobwebs.

Sitting outside enjoying a late glass of wine in the garden and we hear the combine harvester returning to the farmyard for the night after a busy day of “gathering in the harvest”.

The school term time is back and so the country is a little quieter.

There is still plenty of time left to see and enjoy Wiltshire before the clocks go back and the evenings turn to dark.

With only a few days now still available to book during September at Coachmans Cottage here are some ideas of things to do with a twist......

At The Courts Garden, Holt, Nr. Bradford on Avon enjoy the elegant, flowing forms of a collection of works by Somerset-based sculptor Ian Marlow, set amid the glorious autumn colours.  

 Lacock Abbey near Melksham has nearly 900 historic tiles from both the Medieval and Tudor periods. Volunteers will be working to clean, process and catalogue the tiles helping to save them for the future. Get a glimpse of this work and ask questions about the history of the tiles and the conservation processes in use. 

But in truth we are now looking ahead to October, one of my favourite months. I love all associated with, as our American friends call it, “The Fall”.

OR.... if you’re feeling energetic how about some varied Autumn walking?

Longleat Maze is unusual in that it is three-dimensional. It has six bridges that allow visitors to see the maze from above to appreciate the beauty of its layout and, for those who want an easy option, to plan a way to the middle. You may, of course, prefer to explore on foot, but beware the many dead ends in the 3 km of maze paths. 

 A circular walk in the heart of Salisbury Plain. An ocean of grassland and a sweep of big sky. Ancient monuments loom out of the mist; camouflaged soldiers crouch in the undergrowth. Salisbury Plain is a landscape of extremes. It is the largest remaining area of chalk grassland in Northwest Europe, home to 2,300 prehistoric sites. 

Avebury, Wiltshire. Take a short walk to explore the graves of our ancient ancestors, walk in the footsteps of people who lived here more than 250 generations ago, allow the magic and mystery of this ancient landscape to work its magic on you. 

 

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