Wide skies and golden leaves: here’s how to embrace the turn of the season
With the dawn of the Autumn Equinox, we present five simple rites to celebrate the season of mist with - no filters needed.
Get rambling in the woods
Whether it’s the satisfying crunch of leaves between your feet or watching wide sweeps of the valley fade to rust, walking takes on a new dimension with the onset of fall. Need inspiration? Check out some of Britain’s finest autumnal rambles right here or lose yourself to these evocative trails within the M25. If you can factor a pub into your wanderings, so much the better. Meanwhile, autumn glamping offers more scope to wind down in the wild.
Wander around farmer’s markets
Moseying around a farmer’s market, coffee in hand, is one of the finest ways to spend a Saturday morning - and in autumn, seasonal produce comes into its own. Load up on punnets of blackberries, butternut squash, rainbow chard and plump, juicy tomatoes. Grab some onions and waxy potatoes for a hearty Homity Pie (an unsung autumn delight) or try these delicious seasonal salads.
Cosy up by the fire
Take a log fire, add a captivating book and a warming glass of red: behold, the recipe for happiness. Autumn is your go-to cue to get snug around the hearth, be it in a country pub or via a sneaky escape to a boutique hotel. As far as reading is concerned, there are so many great new books to get your teeth into right now, including this absolute must-read.
Press the re-set button
The season of sharpened pencils brings with it ample opportunity for a makeover. Start with your wardrobe, and a happy excuse to dust off the layers and hats, along with this season’s best new shoes and bags. Then look to amp up your skill set, either with a new career-based course or something more expressive, along with an invigorating team sport. Finally, new commuting material beckons in the form of the latest season of crime podcast Serial. Sorted.
Wallow in a bubble bath
Science shows that bathing is an excellent stress reliever, increasing blood flow to help with fatigue, tension and random aches. In part, this warming effect is psychosomatic - it can even make you feel more connected with the world. All the reason, then, to ward off the crisp chill in the air with a long, languorous bubble bath. Crack out your White Company candles, try this great hair mask and put your phone on silent for a time-honoured wellbeing ritual.