Take an Autumn break in Cornwall – Coastal walks, surfing and you might see a basking shark

Cornwall is a popular choice with travellers during summer months but the characteristically mild period of autumn is also a fantastic time to visit the county. In fact, for those who know this part of the world well, it‘s often the preferred time to visit. There is simply something about autumn in Cornwall that can’t be beaten; the colours are spectacular, the sea is at its warmest and our favourite bit – you don’t have to battle with the crowds. So as Cornwall prepares for autumn, here we share with you a selection of our favourite things to do and see there:

Take a Coastal Walk

With fascinating mining landscapes and dramatic sea views, walking the coast path in Cornwall is a treat which is hard to equal. We especially enjoy the stretch between Hayle point and Godrevy Lighthouse, where it’s possible to walk on dunes, long stretches of sand and enjoy scrambling along those characteristic craggy granite cliffs. The views across St Ives bay are ever changing and dramatic, and the beach café at Godrevy makes a wonderful spot to stop for a warming hot chocolate afterwards.

Spectacular views towards Godrevy Lighthouse Photo: Tim Green on Flickr

Spectacular views towards Godrevy Lighthouse

Catch some Waves

Autumn is famously the time when Cornwall gets the best ‘swell’ and the waves are much less crowded than during the summer months. In fact whether you’re a complete beginner or an absolute pro you will be able to find some surf at the perfect size for your ability. Even if the weather looks less inviting we encourage you to give it a go. The sea has had all summer to warm up and with a decent wetsuit you’ll be able to splash around for hours without even thinking of catching a chill. If you don’t fancy surfing though you could try a spot of wild swimming and still get that wonderful refreshing feeling, with tingly skin and salt in your hair.

Surfers enjoy the Autumn Swell Photo: Dave Hamster on Flickr

Surfers enjoy the Autumn Swell

Explore Cornwall’s Thriving Art Scene

Cornwall has long been a haven for artists and as such is home to a cluster of very good Art galleries and museums. The Tate St Ives is probably Cornwall’s best known gallery but the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, also found in St Ives, is exceptional too.  The Newlyn Art Gallery features an interesting range of changing contemporary exhibitions and the Falmouth Art Gallery houses a range of stunning works on oil, paper and beyond. Visiting any of these galleries is a smart move if the weather takes a turn for the worse and again you can enjoy them at this time of year without the crowds of summer.

The Tate St Ives which overlooks lovely Porthmeor beach Photo: Martin Pettitt on Flickr

The Tate St Ives which overlooks lovely Porthmeor beach

Look for Whales Basking Sharks and Dolphins

One of our favourite things about Cornwall is how wild it is and what better way to pay testament to that than by getting out on the water to spot some of the creatures that live there. Many wonderful species of animals live in the water off the coast of Cornwall and there are a range of reputable companies that will take you to spot them. Of course, as they are wild animals nothing is guaranteed, but we think this rather adds to the adventure. When you do catch sight of a breaching porpoise, the peculiar looking sun fish, or encounter a majestic basking shark it makes the experience all the more memorable.

A dip with a majestic basking shark of the coast of Cornwall Photo: Candiche on Flickr

A dip with a majestic basking shark of the coast of Cornwall

See a Show at the Hall for Cornwall

When you’re looking for some evening entertainment the Hall for Cornwall in Truro will provide just the solution. They have everything there from ballet and contemporary Dance, to live music, theatre and comedy. The Theatre is a real beacon on the Cornish arts scene and provides entertainment at a level that can rival that which you will find in any other British City. We love stopping off at the Old Grammar School, which is a great cocktail bar nearby, for a drink beforehand and making an evening of it.

Finding somewhere to stay is never a problem as there are a whole range of options to suit every budget, from convenient campsites at Newquay, to lovely holiday cottages in Falmouth, great B&B’s in St Ives and smart hotels at Mawgan Porth. The good news is that autumn often means reduced rates too as the peak period has passed. Autumn is a magical time to enjoy the county, so come and explore Cornwall away from the crowds and see what all the fuss is about.

This article is brought to you by Country View Cottages  providers of Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall.

More things to see in Devon and Cornwall

Cliff walks and country houses – in Cornwall (and a bit of Devon)
Free and family friendly holiday activities in Devon
A visit to Padstow and a walk through the dunes to St Enodoc

Photo Credits: Godrevey Lighthouse by Tim Green, Surfers by Dave Hamster, The Tate St Ives by Martin Pettitt, Basking shark by Candiche,

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  • Reply
    Barbara Weibel
    October 29, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Added them all to my list!
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    Kathryn Burrington
    October 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

    That basking shark shot is amazing! I’d go there just for that.
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    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      October 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

      @Kat yes, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a basking shark when I was in Cornwall but we’ve enjoyed all the other stuff

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    Your St Ives
    October 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Wow what a snap of the shark it is huge! September is a lovely time to come to St Ives when the festival is on, it also isn’t as busy as the kids are back.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      October 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      @Your St Ives I love visiting Cornwall out of season – as you say, you can enjoy without the August crowds

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