The Dales are wonderfully scenic in the autumn (Picture credit: Stephen Garnett Photography)

Autumn is almost upon us and the North West of England is gearing up for its annual displays of natural glory to rival New England in the US in the Fall. According to Lancashire-based hospitality group, James’ Places, which also has hotels in the South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, few other places in the UK can offer such a variety of forests, fells, crags and tarns which look truly stunning in the Autumn.

Three of the group’s venues – Falcon Manor at Settle, The Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale and the Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green, near Clitheroe – are great choices for packing lots of aspects of a glorious rural autumn idyll into a getaway weekend.

Said group marketing manager Heidi Kettle: “New England in the US is known for its beauty in the Fall, but North West England is just as spectacular and closer to home! In our one region we have the Lake District, a UNESCO world heritage site that has captivated poets for centuries, the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales, which enjoys National Park status. A stay at any of our hotels puts all these natural wonders on the doorstep to be explored.”


Six out of the top 10 UK’s favourite walks, as chosen by ITV viewers, are located in the North West of England and the region has an abundance of beautiful hiking routes from which to choose. From mountain walks such as Helvellyn, Ingleborough, Pendle or Penyghent to more leisurely strolls through Gisburn Forest, Malham or along the Rivers Ribble or Lune, every level of fitness can enjoy the outdoors and the scenery.

The changing trees offer an abundance of colour with the typical clarity of the air of a crisp autumn day offering photographic opportunities not to be missed. Visitors should look for evidence of wildlife such as deer, birds and other creatures preparing for winter.

James’ Places is a group of hotels, inns, interior design and hospitality businesses across the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and South Lakes (Falcon Manor – see above)

The salmon leaping waterfalls as they make their way upstream to spawn in late October is a must-see on the River Ribble at Stainforth, near Settle and the RSPB’s Leighton Moss reserve on Morecambe Bay offers a chance to watch bittern, water rail and flocks of bearded tits in the Autumn. In addition, various National Park and visitor centres provide information and exhibitions all year round.

To make the most of the area’s spectacular seasonal glory, Falcon Manor and The Royal Hotel are offering special autumn deals, both running Sunday – Thursday between 2nd September and 29th November 2018:

Falcon Manor: Autumn Two Night Getaway £270* per couple.

*Based on two sharing a classic double room for two consecutive nights. A three-course dinner and hearty Yorkshire breakfast included. A packed walker’s lunch included on one day. Superior, suite and weekend upgrades are subject to availability.

Royal Hotel: One Night Dinner Bed and Breakfast stay from just £123* per couple.

*Based on two sharing a classic double room. Includes a three-course dinner and hearty Cumbrian breakfast. Superior rooms and weekend upgrades are subject to availability.

James’ Places is a group of hotels, inns, interior design and hospitality businesses across the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and South Lakes.

For more information, go on-line at: www.jamesplaces.co.uk