WITH just a few weeks to go until autumn turns into winter, we look at some of the best places to visit to make the most of the autumn colour before the golden leaves disappear.

Kingston Lacy

Blessed with snowdrops in the winter and daffodils in spring, autumn at Kingston Lacy is no less impressive. In the grounds, visitors can enjoy a walk some truly stunning yellow, red and orange tones. The seven-acre Japanese Garden is a particular highlight and is described as “the jewel in the crown of Kingston Lacy's autumn colour” with more than 40 varieties of acer glades and over 180 trees.

Beech Avenue

This much-loved avenue of beech trees at Kingston Lacy is one of Dorset's most well-known landmarks. Beech Avenue began life in 1835 when 731 trees were planted either side of the road, which was created as a turnpike to the financial gain of William John Bankes. The road and trees were believed to be a gift from Bankes to his mother.

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

With towering trees and pretty streams, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive situated between Brockenhurst and the A35, is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors during the autumn. It is home to two of the tallest trees in the New Forest a pair of giant redwoods. There are several walks that start and finish from the site, the most popular is the Tall Trees Trail.

Bournemouth Central Gardens

For those in Bournemouth and Poole, you don't have to travel far to enjoy the changing colours. The gardens, extending from the town centre to Coy Pond, were first developed in the 1870s and today feature a number of trails, bridges and plenty of pretty trees to admire.

Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive

Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive is believed to be one of the prettiest places in the New Forest with trees, trails and is close to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. Look out for The Knightwood Oak, a pedunculate oak known as the Queen of the Forest, that's over 500 years old.