As the seasons change so too does the Cornish colour palette. Various hues of reds and browns prevail as the leaves fall and the scenery takes on a more rugged demeanour. With the coast path to explore and a wealth of woodlands and moorland, Cornwall is the perfect place to explore in Autumn… and there is always a good country pub to warm up in at the end of a day of adventure. Or a hot tub if you’re staying at Gwel an Mor.
Here are our ten favourite spots to take in the changing of the season…
- Tehidy Woods. Just around the corner from us here at Gwel an Mor and offering over nine miles of paths to explore. These peaceful woods are the largest in West Cornwall and also host a pristine lake, plenty of wildlife and a lovely cafe.
- Bodmin Moor. Here you can see every colour in full effect. Miles upon miles of empty space to roam and explore and maybe even the chance to spot the now infamous ‘Beast of Bodmin’….or eat a picnic instead.
- Lansallos. Ok, this little known beach tucked away is included as a favourite of a team member. Walking to a secluded empty bay through a mile or so long blanket of leaves on a crisp Autumn day takes some beating….you’ll have to do a bit of research yourself for this one, but it is a special place.
- Minack Theatre. Is there a better place to watch the Autumn sunsets? Wrap up warm and take in a performance perched on the cliffs above the beautiful Porthcurno beach and gaze across to the dramatic Logan’s Rock. There are few places that can feel as special, intimate yet utterly at mercy to the elements as the Minack Theatre. A must.
- Coastal Path. Nearly 300 miles of coast path means that you can be assured some peace and quiet to absorb the scintillating views that Cornwall has to offer. Watch heather flicker in the wind and marvel at the sea and sky. Our personal favourite is Godrevy to Portreath, although we are not exactly impartial.
- Trebah Gardens. A beautiful sub-tropical garden with its own private beach on the Helford River. With changing seasons comes changes in colour and this is an exceptional garden to marvel at!
- Lanhydrock. A beautiful National Trust property steeped in history and surrounded by exceptional gardens and copses. Take a wander around the house, take in a cream tea and explore the rainbow of colours in the grounds.
- Godolphin House. A National Trust property that is somewhat of a hidden gem. The gardens are incredible and the nearby Godolphin Hill offers extensive views. Walk the ‘Barefoot trail’ and the wonderfully maintained gardens in this beautiful location where time almost seems to stand still. A more overlooked National Trust property that takes you back in time. (The house is only open for one week each month – check opening times if that’s what you want to explore!)
- Enys Gardens, Penryn. Another slightly less well known option for taking a stroll and enjoying the colours of Autumn. With regular events such as pumpkin trails and craft fairs it’s somewhere a bit different to spend some time.
- Golitha Falls. Another team member favourite. A babbling stream running through ancient woodland on the outskirts of Bodmin Moor. A truly relaxing place to explore the various routes around the valley.
Find out more about events and places to see in Cornwall through Visit Cornwall here…