Autumn can come and go in a heartbeat. For me this was one of those years. A late start followed by a series of storms that removed many of the leaves. Combine this with a trip out of the country, and I feel that autumn passed me by.
However, a few visits were squeezed in at Beacon Hill, Nether Wood and Wells.
Beacon Hill Wood
A reliable source of autumn colour, these beach woods high up in the Mendips above Shepton Mallet are stunning at this time of year.
The woodland floor is a mine for fungi. By the time of my visit most of them had been nibbled away by the locals.
But some people have had better luck leaving this collection on a tree stump.
Blackmoor and Nether Wood
In the middle of the Mendip Hills is a small and hidden little wood called Nether Wood.
This is a old mining site with lines of lead flums are still visible.
The tiny wood has a lovely wide track lined with mature trees.
As well as some interesting metal work.
Wells is the biggest little city on the edge of the Mendip Hills. If you visit Wells a must stop is the Bishop’s Palace. The palace gardens are always full of colour and currently that colour is gold.
You can search out lots of interesting corners around the garden.