“Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places, with great people – there’s not a great downside to it.” Tori Amos
If you’ve ever been to Cornwall in the Summer, you’ll know about the beaches, the sunshine, the blue seas and the paddling. But Cornwall is a fantastic place to visit all year-round, particularly in the Autumn when the leaves turn and the crowds leave until next August.
1. The Autumn leaves splash colour throughout the forests and woodlands
I challenge anyone to walk through a wooded clearing with crisp Autumn leaves underfoot and not scuff through them. Even just a bit. Thanks to Cornwall’s rural nature, there are hundreds of forests and ancient woodlands to enjoy, managed by a range of organisations including the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust and the Duchy of Cornwall.
Take a look at the family friendly walks around Cornwall and plan your perfect meander, whether you’re looking for cycling, horse-riding, challenging climbs or gentle wandering.
2. The picturesque streets of Cornish villages take on a whole new beauty in the Autumn light
The crowds of Summer have left, giving you the chance to enjoy Cornwall’s beautiful villages and towns, often having them all to yourself. Take in the spectacular views from one of the many small coffee shops and restaurants while indulging in a freshly brewed coffee or a Cornish cream tea.
3. If sandy beaches and sea views are your thing, the coast is a must-see
The spectacular Cornish coastline stretches 400 miles, the longest of any county in the UK, with a huge choice of landscapes to enjoy, from the rugged cliffs and unpredicatable seas of the North coast to the sweeping moorlands and historic tin mines overlooking the seas off West Cornwall.
4. Experience and mystery and drama of the moors
Over 200 square kilometres in size, Bodmin Moor is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering panoramic views across Cornwall from the county’s highest point, Brown Willy. Take in the Autumnal colours of the moorland, see the mists roll in across the valleys and explore the mysterious standing stones.
5. Go back in time with a visit to a National Trust property
Lanhydrock Country House and Estate near Bodmin, Cornwall is a late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate. Tour the grand house, and take in the year-round colour in the ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths.
6. Poldark’s Cornwall
Filming of the hugely successful BBC One series, Poldark is taking place this Autumn, with the popular Aidan Turner as our hero Ross Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson as his wife Demelza, Kyle Soller as Francis and Heida Reed as Elizabeth. Fans can watch the filming from one of the many locations around the Cornish coast – but arrive early – it’s popular…
7. Making the most of the Cornish harvest
Cornwall is well-known for its award-winning food and drink, which is celebrated at food festivals across the county this Autumn. See the chefs in action, sample some of the mouth-watering wares, and buy fresh Cornish produce from a range of local producers. Autumn is the ideal time to celebrate all things foodie in Cornwall.
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