Autumn in Cornwall
With the kids back at school, Cornwall is quieter, slower and it's a beautiful time of year to make a trip - but what to do? Muddy to the rescue to make the most of Cornwall in Autumn.
Chunky knits, golden light and the return of cosy weekends by crackling fires, we are so here for you autumn. Here are some our favourite things to do.
Visit an arboretum
As the days get a little cooler and the nights a little longer the leaves start to turn – creating breathtaking displays of colour. Walking in woodlands is said to have amazing health benefits – and it also works up an appetite. Cornwall has plenty of ancient woodland, where some of the best can be found at Lanhydrock, Cardinham, Kennall Vale and Tehidy, but if you want a dedicated arboretum (a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees) then head to Pinetum Gardens near St Austell (above).
From raiding the hedgerows for blackberries and sloes to searching for ceps, samphire or seaweed, there is plenty of foraging opportunities around the Duchy. Or, if you’re not as confident – or want to step it up a notch, get yourself on a course, like the ones run by Philleigh Way Cookery School or Fat Hen (above).
Head to the beach with your dog
Most of the dog bans ended at the end of August, but by the end of September all beaches will be officially allowed dogs again – no matter the time of day, like Porthtowan (above). Fingers crossed for a late season heatwave, so you can swim and sit awhile in the sunshine, or just walk for miles on golden sand.
In Autumn, the water is warmer (and emptier) and the proper swells start to roll in – so whilst you might think Summer is time for surfing, actually, Autumn is probably better. Join women’s surf collective Women + Waves (above) on one of their learner weekends, book a private lesson, or just hire a board & wetsuit and have a go yourself.
Take a pub walk
Reward yourself after a long walk with a roast dinner. Here are some of our favourite autumn walks near pubs – we particularly love the coastline near Zennor for a coastal stomp followed by lunch at The Gurnard’s Head (above).
Usually we’d be recommending food festivals (including Falmouth Oyster Festival) but for obvious reasons they’re all postponed until 2021. Instead, head to the farm shops, fishermen and farmers who are selling amazing produce. It’s also a wonderful time to visit places like The Lost Gardens of Heligan (above), with wonderful autumn gardens and beautiful displays of their amazing produce.
Get on the river
As the woodlands change colour and the sun rise gets later, an early morning river walk in autumn is spectacular – it’s quieter as well, making it a peaceful time. In the middle of the day the sun can still be lovely and warm, making it a great time to try kayaking or paddle boarding.
See some prehistoric stones
Get yourself in the mood for Halloween with a visit to one of Cornwall’s prehistoric stones – Bodmin Moor and the West Penwith moors are littered with standing circles, most dating back to the Bronze Age and thought to be related to burial rituals. Mên-an-Tol (above) is just off the road near Morvah, and is a circular holed stone and two upright stones. Park between Morvah and Madron – and see for yourself whether you agree with the Cornish poet D. M. Thomas who suggested Mên-an-Tol was “the wind’s vagina”…
Scoff a roast dinner
Can’t be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs that do roasts with the most, including The Watch House in St Mawes (above).