There’s plenty that attracts people to the beautiful country of Wales in autumn, including secluded beaches, spectacular scenery and wonderful walking opportunities. The country turns into somewhat of a haven for people from all walks of life, including bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts, history lovers and avid walkers, who head west to make the most of the quieter season in Wales. One group that can truly appreciate all of these niches and more are photographers.
Autumn is every photographer’s favourite season, with crisp, brown and orange leaves carpeting the beautiful landscapes to make for a spectacularly picturesque scene. The quieter season means they will be able to make the most of the magnificent attractions and points of interest which were swarming with crowds just two months ago, and achieve high-quality photographs as a result. Whether you’re a pro behind the lens, an amateur looking to improve or perhaps a complete beginner on the lookout for a new hobby; Wales is a great place to practise and develop your skills.
We’ve decided to put together a list of seven of our favourite autumnal views for you to snap this autumn, making for the perfect keepsake of your holiday with us:
Let’s face it, this magnificent mountain is arguably one of the most photogenic spots in the UK, regardless of the season, but if you’re staying in one of our holiday cottages in Snowdonia, it’s almost criminal not to take a snap. You can either opt to climb to the summit (weather permitting) and capture the panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see, or explore the plethora of trails below, taking photos of the dominating mountain in all its glory.
This award-winning beach is a favourite amongst photographers – and it’s easy to see why! The beautiful golden sands and the turquoise waters create a Caribbean-esque scene here in Wales, and the colours look even more impressive during an autumnal sunset. Opt for a sunrise at this spot, and you’ll probably have the place to yourself, making a haven for both amateurs and professionals alike.
Wales is renowned all over Europe for its historical castles, and no holiday to the country is complete without a picture of one – or five! There are many to choose from – about 600 in fact – but thanks to its majestic waterside setting, Caernarfon Castle is one of the best. Schedule your visit in line with the best opportunities for reflection and on a clear, crisp autumn morning the architecture is framed by shades of blue. The ideal, postcard-worthy snap to send to envious family and friends at home.
South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey
Anglesey is home to what is likely to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the UK. It is positioned on a protruding and dramatic-looking headland, surrounded by the wild waves of the Irish Sea. When conditions are particularly rough, the waves crash against the cliff edge for a fantastic mood shot that even practising photographers can perfect. There are also plenty of opportunities to capture wildlife on film, including seals and an array of seabirds.
Swallow Falls, Betws Y Coed
There’s something undeniably magical, romantic and wonderful about a wild waterfall in autumn. Leaves litter the countryside and the bare trees frame the gushing waters in such a way that makes it look like a film set. This is the perfect place to practice or perfect some long exposure shots, and is one of the most picturesque picnic spots in the UK!
Tenby is arguably the pride of Pembrokeshire and encompasses all that a traditional harbour town in west wales should, including a quaint sea front. The pier, the boats and the soft pastel colours of the houses behind make it a dream for any photographer, as well as a fabulous day out for anyone else in the party. Although the weather may not be quite so favourable during the autumn, the town’s unmistakable charm is contagious, and this will shine through in any shots you manage to get, whatever the weather!
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is an iconic stretch of coastline in South Wales, and the array of lines in the sea, on the beach and the cliff face itself make it an ideal shot. The coast boasts an array of plunging cliffs, breath-taking views and is scattered with wooded valleys and evidence of over 2,000 years of human habitation.
Have any of these beautiful spots caught your eye? Or perhaps we’ve missed one of your favourite locations off our list? If that’s the case, share your favourite snapping spots with us via the comments on social media. If you’re yet to book your holiday cottage in Wales for your photographic adventures, check out any of the fantastic cottages below that still have availability over autumn.