Crisp trails and dazzling colours, cool air and cosy pubs … hiking the British countryside in autumn is a beautiful experience. Guardian readers pick their favourite turn-of-season walks
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Perthshire is one of the best places to walk in autumn, with the hills ablaze with colour and echoing to the roaring of stags. The Enchanted Forest (4-27 October) is an annual outdoor experience of light and sound in the woodland of Faskally. As you wander, trees glow and wonders appear, to an original music score. Should it be chilly, there’s mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Tickets from £12.50 adult, £7.50 child, family £35. Book on 0871 288 7655, enchantedforest.org.uk
Malaysia’s tropical coastline is lined with fabulous beaches. We pick the best places to stay on the peninsula, from £5-a-night chalets to family resorts and affordable boutique hotels
It is difficult to imagine a more idyllic escape than Langkawi, 104 tiny islands that shoot up out of the deep blue Andaman Sea, offering divine beaches, coral-reef diving, jungle walks and accommodation that caters for every budget, from total luxury to funky backpacker hostels like Colourful Motel. The motel is more Sergeant Pepper psychedelic than plain colourful, and the young owner, Che Mad, has also named each of his four rooms after sportscars like Porsche and Ferrari. Don’t expect to be pampered though, as the accommodation is basic, but clean, with private bathroom and air con. Pantai Cenang beach is one of the most beautiful on Langkawi and also a party haven, with bars, barbecues and live bands playing by the water. Next door is one of the most famous Cenang nightspots, the Babylon bar, which can be great if you want to hear live reggaebut not so good if you’re looking for a quiet nights sleep.
• +60 17419 0007, no website. Doubles from M$120 (around £24), room only