When to see the autumn leaves change colour in Pembrokeshire

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There’s nothing quite like autumn - the air seems crispier than ever, the sky becomes a brilliant blue and the leaves put on a colourful show unlike anything else in nature.

In Wales, the colours are spectacular by the end of September and into October and the show is usually over by mid-November.

The first tree to feel the cold is traditionally the horse chestnut, followed by beech, maple, silver birch, and then ash and oak.

Where to see the autumn leaves at Bluestone

Leaves in autumn

If you’re staying at Bluestone and don’t want to venture far, the resort’s nature trails are suitable for all levels of ability whether you’re a marathon runner or hoping for an afternoon stroll.

When you check in you'll be given a map showing where the trail will lead you. Along the way you'll find all kinds of wildlife, the remains of an Iron Age fort, huge arching trees and spectacular views.

The step by step signs on the way are easy to follow for the two main trails, which are marked on the resort map. Or pick up one at the Booking Office in the Village.

Bluestone from the sky

If you want to venture a tiny bit further, then try Canaston Woods - full of ancient routes, spectacular views, forts and chapels - and it’s right on our doorstep here at Bluestone.

During autumn the thick woodland becomes a sea of colours in the crisp air, with satisfying sound of leaves crunching underfoot.

You can walk to Canaston Woods from the Bluestone resort by taking the path from Bartholemew Rise. You’ll spot it on your right hand side, walk along it until it finishes at a T junction with another path.

From here turn right, and then left a short while later - this path will take you into the woods until it reaches the Knight’s Way, a large path which runs through the heart of the woods.

The Knight’s Way is an ancient Pilgrim’s path which actually runs all the way to St David’s Cathedral in north west Pembrokeshire and to Amroth on the south east cost.

If you turn right onto the Knight’s Way you can follow it into Canaston Woods - carefully cross the road over Canaston Bridge and you can explore the network of paths in the lush mixed woodland on the other side, where you’ll come across the remains of Mounton Chapel near the most southerly point of the woods.

Many of the paths have undergone upgrading recently and underfoot surfaces are generally firm.

If you have a couple of hours to while away in the autumn air Canaston Woods is one of the most satisfying strolls in Pembrokeshire, as you trace the steps of Pilgrims who took the same route hundreds of years ago.

For more autumn walks, read our full guide to Pembrokeshire here. Explore our autumn breaks here