Things to do in Cornwall this Autumn

Autumn Walks in Cornwall

With Autumn almost in full swing, now is the perfect time to embrace Cornwall during its quietest and most restful season. Take in the autumnal landscapes and make the most of the quiet beaches and towns. We have come together to bring you a guide to our favourite things to do.

Autumn walks

Late autumn is an enchanting and inspiring time to visit Cornwall. Don’t miss out on the wild beauty of stormy skies, red sunsets and strong waves along our breathtaking rugged coastline. Bodmin Moor where standing stones, burial chambers, Cornish hedges, cottages and farms are all built from the boulders which have over the centuries disappeared from the surface of the moor is the perfect place for an Autumnal walk. With its panoramic views that go on for miles, and lovely little villages (such as Minions). There’s no getting away from it, it’s a remarkable place and there’s nowhere else like it in Cornwall.

Cardinham Woods is a great place for a woodland walk, boasting 4 walking trails, 3 cycling trails, play area, bbq area and picnic area; hours of outdoor fun can be had by all of the family. Set in a beautiful valley Cardinham Woods is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems.

Lanhydrock House

Delve into Cornish Heritage

Visit a stately home such as Lanhydrock House and Garden in Bodmin or Prideaux Place in Padstow. Take a trip to Penzance and visit the most recognisable landmark in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount with a history rich in both legend and folklore.

Or why not go for a drive out to Charlestown, St Austell to explore the recently revelled network of tunnels which lie below the shipwreck museum. As of October 2019 the public now have full access to the subterranean passageways which were created as part of St Austell’s china clay industry during the reign of Edward VII in the early 1900s.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Do the touristy things

Make the most of the quiet Autumn season and visit the tourist attractions without the usual crowds that the summer months bring. Head to the Eden Project, explore Padstow, visit The Minnack Theatre, take a few photos standing next to the Worlds End sign or go gallery hopping around St. Ives.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan (meaning “willow tree garden”), near Mevagissey are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the country. The gardens are typical of the 19th century ‘Gardenesque‘ style with areas of different character and in different design styles. Autumn is a great time to visit the gardens as the phase of golden leaves begin to dazzle and the branches appear; making it easy to admire the clever and brilliant structure of the Productive Gardens.

Afternoon Tea in Cornwall

Autumnal afternoon tea

Cornwall is well known for its cream tea/afternoon tea, but at this time of year a lot of venues offer an alternative twist on the classic. The Headland Hotel in Newquay, which is the filming location for the 1987 film version of Roald Dahl’s novel ‘The Witches’, are adding a unique ‘Witches Afternoon tea’ to their menu.

Except tasty treats such as white chocolate and coconut mice, pumpkin mousses and meringue ghosts to name a few. The Headland is a red brick converted Victorian mansion, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; it would certainly make a perfect setting for an afternoon tea on a cold Autumn day.

Storm Watching in Cornwall

Storm watching

Autumn and Winter obviously make the best times to come to Cornwall to embrace the elements, and storm watching is a perfect way to take it all in. Whether you are sat in your cosy holiday home enjoying the views from the armchair or balcony, or enjoying a delicious hot chocolate in one of our local coffee shops such as Roos Beach (overlooking Porth Beach) or Watchful Marys (overlooking Watergate Bay) you will be in prime location to sit back and observe.

Another place that offer panoramic views would be from Lewinnick Lodge, which is not only a lovely restaurant but also offers some of the best views of the roaring Atlantic. Get a table by the window, sit back and enjoy.

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