After a moderately pleasant summer, fall means pulling out jumpers (sweaters), wrapping up in scarves, and enjoying some of the best bits of the British autumn.
One of the greatest British autumn treats is to take a long country walk, heading toward your pub of choice--where you have a table reserved. At the end of your walk, you push open the pub’s heavy wooden door and walk into a room warmed by the fire, the smell of food cooking, and the smile on the bar staff’s face.
Disturbingly, a core part of the celebration used to be the making of an effigy of Guy Fawkes (the man who the Kings Men found surrounded by gunpowder barrels) and then parading it through the streets before burning it on a huge bonfire.
These days, there is less effigy burning and more fireworks, mulled wine, baked potatoes, and candy floss enjoyed by families across the country, both in small back-garden parties and large all-town bonfire and firework displays.
And it’s this sort of weather the Brits love to talk about. Anything unpredictable, anything to moan about, and they are as happy as children. Suddenly the parks fill again--everything is like summer; the only difference is everyone is in long pants and carrying piles of extra clothes.
Castles, estates, and houses
Most of them have a tearoom and gift shop with far too many things to tempt locals, let alone tourists, and autumn is the perfect time to visit them. Most National Trust and English Heritage locations have a house or building to retreat to in case the weather turns, and most have gardens, walks, woodlands, or grounds you can wander around for hours should an Indian summer make an appearance.