Cornwall: Exploring in Autumn
Photo: Claudia Montano / @perfectlyclaudia
Autumn is beginning to show itself in Cornwall, with soggy days and browning leaves. So what is there to do when pumpkin-season hits Cornwall?
One. Autumnal Walks
Woodland walks are always a good idea, especially on a dry, crisp, autumn day. There are so many vibrant colours, and who doesn’t love kicking up crunchy leaves? Some of my favourite woodland walks are… Cardinham Woods (Bodmin), Lavethan Wood (Blisland), Hart Wood (Lanhyrdock), Luxulyan Valley (Luxulyan), Golitha Falls (Liskeard). I’ll be exploring these, and more, myself this autumn. If you have any perfect woodland walk recommendations, pop them in a comment below! I’ll be sure to check them out.
You can pick your own pumpkins in time for carving season… Trevaskis Farm (Hayle) have a patch, with free admission. This is more of an American holiday tradition, but it’s slowly trickling over to the UK – and I hope more fabulous pumpkin patches appear around Cornwall soon.
Three. Spa Days
Spa days are perfect for a little relaxation, and a great way to avoid those wet and windy days. There are an array of fabulous spas around Cornwall, such as St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, The Scarlet Hotel, St Moritz Hotel, Bedruthan Steps… and they all have hot tubs or jacuzzis – ideal for a warm hideaway day.
Four. Foraging the Landscape
Foraging is a perfect autumn day activity, just be sure to know that what you’re foraging for is edible! There are a handful of local foraging schools that I would recommend attending before you go picking. Once you know what you’re looking for, foraging in autumn makes for fabulous homemade gifts at Christmas. The Cornwall area has a fabulous selection too, including sloe berries – think homemade sloe gin! If foraging for edibles isn’t your idea of fun, you can always forage for decorative items like pine-cones – just be sure to only pick from the floor, not the tree.
Five. Stormy Days
Living near such fabulous coasts, Cornwall sees an array of storms. Storm watching is a brilliant past time, especially if you are in awe of the ocean. There are lots of sea-view cafes, restaurants, and hotels… like Gylly Beach Cafe (Falmouth), Porthmeor Cafe (St Ives), Sams on the Beach (St Austell) – there are so many options!
Six. Foodie Loves
Foodies will love the local food and beer festivals, with the Big Cornish Market happening in just a few days (September 21st – 23rd), the infamous Eden Project hosting their beer festival on 6 October, The Falmouth Oyster Festival happening in mid October (11th – 14th)… there are also an array of beer festivals around Cornwall throughout the autumn months.
There are plenty of autumnal activities to keep you occupied this autumn, even if you just explore all of the woodland walks that Cornwall has to offer! You can even double these walks with foraging (safely).