THE AUTUMN equinox will take place this weekend, and we have taken a look at the best spots in Herefordshire to take it in.

The astronomical event takes place in late September each year, when the tilt of Earth's axis is perpendicular to the sun's rays, meaning there is an equal amount of day and night.

In the northern hemisphere, the date marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn as days will begin to get shorter and colder.

This year’s autumn equinox will fall on Saturday, September 23.


Here are some of the best places in Herefordshire to see the equinox sunrise and sunset:

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Arthur's Stone: Many will flock to Stonehenge to observe the autumn equinox this year, so why not pay a visit to the monument's Herefordshire cousin?

Arthur’s Stone is a Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above the Golden Valley. According to legend, it was here that King Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones as he fell.

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The Cat's Back, Black Mountains: The Cat's Back is the nickname given to the ridge of Crib-y-Garth, the Black Hill, given the name because of its resemblance to a cat preparing to pounce when seen from the Herefordshire side.

This famous landmark was immortalised in fiction as the setting for Bruce Chatwin's novel, On the Black Hill.

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Bringsty Common: A spot popular with photographers and walkers too, with a selection of routes that boast vast views of the Malvern hills.

The common covers over 200 acres of beautiful woodland, hills and streams.

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Symonds Yat Rock: A viewpoint well known for its picturesque views of the river Wye.

This spot is popular with bird watchers as it is possible to catch a glimpse of peregrine falcons nesting on the cliff face opposite as well as goshawks, sparrowhawks, buzzards and tawny owls.