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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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