Au­tumn Views

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Top 10 scenes of sea­sonal splen­dour

Hamp­shire is full of au­tum­nal scenes this month, so we asked the county’s pho­tog­ra­phers to share their se­cret spots for stun­ning vis­tas

HAWLEY LAKE

Take a cir­cu­lar tour around the lake through Hawley Woods for stun­ning au­tum­nal views. If sur­round­ings seem fa­mil­iar, it is be­cause part of the lat­est Juras­sic World movie was set here. Watch out for those stray di­nosaurs!

Get­ting there: Park on the hard stand­ing be­fore the sail­ing club where trails will lead you around the lake and through the wood­land. Old Min­ley Rd, Cam­ber­ley, GU17 9QG

HAROLD HIL­LIER GAR­DENS

The stun­ning col­lec­tion of trees and plants at Harold Hil­lier Gar­dens re­ally come in to their own dur­ing au­tumn as this pho­to­graph shows. With lots to ex­plore for all the fam­ily as well as a busy events cal­en­dar, there is al­ways some­thing new to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Get­ting there: Open 10am to 6pm, Sir Harold Hil­lier Gar­dens, Jermyns Lane, Rom­sey, SO51 0QA. En­trance fees start at £10.90 for adults and £2.60 for chil­dren. Un­der 5s go free. Con­ces­sions also avail­able.

MARK ASH WOOD

Some may ar­gue there’s no finer place than the New For­est for au­tumn colour, and this pho­to­graph of

Mark Ash Wood shows off the area per­fectly. Go off the beaten track in the For­est this month, and you are sure to be greeted with sim­i­lar scenes.

Get­ting there: Grid ref­er­ence, SU 2465 0730, ap­prox post­code, SO43 7GQ. You could park at Bold­er­wood Ar­bore­tum Or­na­men­tal Drive Car Park and fol­low the grid ref­er­ence (ap­prox 1 minute walk).

ST GILES HILL

Get a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of Winch­ester from this in­cred­i­ble view point just 10 min­utes from the city cen­tre. Look down over land­marks such as Wolvesey Cas­tle and Winch­ester Col­lege and take in the beau­ti­ful au­tumn scenes.

Get­ting there: Park at Ch­e­sil Multi-storey, Barfield Close, Winch­ester, SO23 0HU and take a climb up the steep steps to the park and view­point.

AL­TON ABBEY GAR­DENS

The tran­quil grounds be­hind this Angli­can Bene­dic­tine Monastery are full of red, gold and green as the sea­son changes this month. Find out more about the monks liv­ing there on page 40.

Get­ting there: The Abbey grounds are open to vis­i­tors to wan­der any time dur­ing day­light hours. Abbey of Our Lady & St. John, Abbey Rd, Al­ton, GU34 4AP

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