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When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

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When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

I'm planning a trip to Cotswolds, UK, and am curious when about the colors usually start to change?? I'm not asking about when peak colors usually are; I want to know about when the colors first start to change.

Thanks very much!

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1. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

It depends on the weather - could be as early as late September, more likely October. Your question implies that this is your reason for visiting - if it is I ear you may be disappaointed. A lot of the area is open fields, it is certainly not completely wooded. people generally come for the soft rolling hills and sandstone villages, not the leaf fall.

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2. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

If you are interested in the colours, then you may find visiting eg Westonbirt Arboretum or Hidcote Manor Gardens worthwhile places to visit.

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3. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

Thanks for your replies. I am actually looking to avoid any color! That's why I ask. I was thinking about coming from mid August to mid September (I unfortunately can't come earlier than that), and wanted to get all of the summer green without any color change.

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4. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

You should be fine then.

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5. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

Excellent, thanks! That's good to hear.

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6. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

If there is a very dry summer the leaves on some tree species will start to change colour in late August.

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7. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

Why the Cotswolds? There are plenty of fine areas of Britain that are not swamped by Rick Steves' followers.

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8. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

becasse, I assume a very dry summer is a rarity? Or more common than that?

davidblades, I was looking for storybook style/medieval style villages with easy access to countryside.... and my online searching has led me to conclude the Cotswolds is the best for the bill... but I'm certainly open to other suggestions if you have them!

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9. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

528 - if you like the look of the Cotswolds then go with it. Whilst it is true that there are lovely villages and pretty countryside all over the UK, there is a reason why places like the Cotswolds (and the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & the Highlands) are popular. I used to live in the South Downs of Sussex area but moved back to the northern edge of the Cotswolds five or so years ago. I consider myself fortunate to have lived in two fabulous areas of beautiful scenery.

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10. Re: When do the colors first start to change in Cotswolds?

Thanks andmar. I can deal with the tourists if the scenery is right, and nothing else I've found seems as appealing to me as Cotswolds. I was also considering Lake District, as the scenery is absolutely breathtaking, but ultimately that wasn't quite the vibe I was looking for.

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