Can you think of anywhere better to be when you realise that summer is starting to slip away?
When you notice that there is a slight sharpness in the temperature as you rise, an extra dewiness on the early morning grass and a hint of log smoke in the afternoon air, head over to somewhere like Watersmeet. Here, if you are lucky, you’ll catch a golden early evening light reflected by myriad trees waving a last farewell as they hunker down for winter. There’s something very dramatic about autumn on Exmoor. It should really be accompanied by sweeping classical music as clouds race across the sky, the long beech hedges turn russet brown, the fern covered moors rust over and perhaps the hills echo, just for a moment, to the distant roar of a red stag guarding his herd. On the coast the seas turn cold and grey and at night the skies put on a staggering show of a thousand stars. Look out for a clear day, wrap up warm and head for the moors. Don’t miss it this year.