England is full of enigmatic places to experience the Fall season.
And Winkworth Arboretum is one of the best natural oasis to experience the autumn colours. In this season, this vast 20th cemtury botanical garden spanning about 100 acres is a potpourri of bronze, orange, auburn, red, browns and yellow.
Winkworth Arboretum is located in the quaint village of Godalming in Surrey. From London there are trains from Waterloo to Godalming which takes about 40-50 minutes. From Godalming station there are buses which will drop you at the doorstep of the Arboretum. However their frequency is pretty limited, so you may have to plan to time your train journey to the bus timings. Alternatively you can take a cab from the station. I did the same and it costed me 8 GBP.
To view the colours of Fall, there are various suggestions at the entry point and the routes are marked in Orange colour. You can also download the National Trust App and follow the route directions from there.
The walk starts at the Tea rooms. From there you can follow any path. I started at the viewing platform from where you can see vast woodlands and Badger Bowl, then followed the Bluebell forest trail and then headed towards the Boat house
Ensure you spend a lot of time around the Flashe Lake. There is a boat house and the surrounding woodlands and meadows around the Lake are absolutely stunning with different colours and their reflection in the lake makes a surreal landscape.
I clicked hundreds of photos. It is hard to take your eyes off the red coloured trees, the bed of yellow and brown leaves, a mix of green, brown, orange tree-tops. From both sides of the lake the views of the other side is stunning.
I hope these pictures have inspired you to make a booking to visit Winkworth. Its still time to catch some glimpses of the autumn colours and enjoy a wonderful day out with family and friends.
Further from here?
Winkworth is a full day trip, and I would not recommend you to combine it with any other plans. On your way back, if you have time, walk around the streets of Godalming, its a little sleepy historic village with a fairytale old town and some beautiful riverside walks. Check my post on Godalming village here