This week I visited the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum. Located approximately 20 miles north of Bath, the Westonbirt Arboretum is arguably one of the best places to see the colours of Autumn when staying in the region.
Started almost 200 years ago by the wealthy Victorian Holford family, today the 600 acre arboretum has 2,500 species of trees from all around the world. One can see the Ginkgo Biloba tree - the oldest living tree species on this planet which dates back millions of years, a rare Wollemi Pine - a species that was only discovered in the 1990s in Australia and many other species including the country's national collection of Maples which look stunning during the Autumn season! The arboretum also has 140 Champion Trees - Champion Trees are the largest trees of their species growing within the British Isles (either by height or trunk girth). One can easily spend a day wandering among the many paths that wind their way through these magnificent trees.
For nature-lovers and photographers a visit to the Westonbirt Arboretum is certainly worth considering when staying in the region. A visit could be combined with a visit to some of the beautiful Cotswold villages near Bath. Bath Insider Tours can customise tours so if this interests you please get in contact. The arboretum can be visited all year around, I am personally looking forward to a return visit in Spring! Until then here are some more photos from my recent visit for you to enjoy :)