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Our Guide to Leaf Peeping

Leaf Peeping is a term growing in popularity here in the UK which has come from North America where people enjoy travelling to view and photograph the changing season, as the foliage turns from summer greens to the yellows, reds and golds of autumn.

With over 20 million trees spread across 200 square miles, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is a heaven for leaf peepers. Home to a wide variety of majestic oak, ash, birch, beech, larch, sweet chestnut and many more, the foliage lights up as the days start to draw in, creating an indulgent visual feast.

Follow our special Leaf Peeping Drive through sweeping countryside with river views across ancient woodland before delving deeper into 10 hotspots en route to enjoy breath-taking views, riverside walks, lakes and arboretums drenched in autumnal colour. It’s doable in a day at 50 miles. Or, simply choose shorter sections to combine with other activities.

Download our Leaf Peeping Trail guide, use our interactive map or explore the links below.

 



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Peepers get Crafty

‘Take a Leaf’ Clay Modelling - Eastnor Pottery Eastnor Pottery will be host...

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Junior Leaf Peepers

Children’s eyes will light up when they see a pile of leaves and they will soon be r...

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Meet our Chief Leaf Peeper

Paul Rutter is a Tree Specialist and Woodland Advisor with over 45 years of experience, li...

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Leaf Peeping Hotspots

There are no shortages of places to go and see the amazing array of autumn colours, but we...

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Leaf Peeping Drive

We have created a Leaf Peeping Drive through the region which is a total of 50 miles. We a...

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Leaf Peeping Walks

Our Chief Leaf Peeper has designed three very special walks to take to enjoy the best autu...

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Big Lens Botany Tips

David Broadbent is an experienced commercial and editorial photographer based in the Fores...

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Leafy Escapes

Our recommended Leafy Escapes enable you to wake up being greeted by stunning autumn folia...

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Leafy Experiences

Come for the leaves and stay for the fun! The region hosts an array of activities and expe...

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Feast on the Forest

The harvest is in full swing throughout autumn, with the bushes laden with berries and fun...