There is a magic in Cornwall in autumn as everything is relaxing and changing all at once; the colours, the sea, the landscape and the trees gently losing their leaves. It is a time of change and letting go….what better time to come to relax and unwind?
Here are our top five reasons for enjoying autumn in Cornwall…
1. Summer Sun
Quite simply, the summer sun lasts for longer in Cornwall. Our unique position with the gulf stream flowing close by usually provides us with an Indian Summer while the rest of the country looks on enviously. Cornwall has the best beaches in the world, from iconic long sandy beaches to intimate sheltered coves, Cornwall’s 300+ beaches are gloriously varied; golden, pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty – we love them all. Enjoy the surf at Fistral Beach, dip your toe in turquoise waters at Porthcurnick beach or hunt for crabs in Portscatho.
It’s true the sun sets a little earlier, but that just means you don’t need to stay up late to see the beautiful sunsets. So pack up and come and stay for some autumn warmth and find a quiet spot to watch the sun go down.
You’re in for a treat, food and drink in Cornwall is seriously special. Fresh-from-the harbour seafood, indulgent Cornish Cream Teas, incredible local produce, homemade ice cream, the mighty Cornish pasty…the list goes on! Autumn brings food festivals galore – our favourite is the Cornish Food Festival in Truro, but there is also the Falmouth Oyster Festival, Eden Project Beer Festival , Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, Newquay Fish Festival and plenty more to choose from.
Try out a new seasonal cocktail or two as well – gin with blackberries is one of our favourites. In autumn all our amazing restaurants and pubs turn their attention to seasonal delights – who can resist a hearty stew, a home made pie, seasonal veg and sublime deserts?
What could be better for you than a brisk walk along the coastal path, gazing at all that stunning scenery, if you get tired have a rest on a deserted beach, although don’t forget the BBC will be filming the next series of Poldark soon, so who knows who you might spot on your travels! In October enjoy the Fal River Walking Festival. Later in autumn, as the winter swells start, head off to the coast for storm watching or to see Newquay’s famous Cribbar – giant waves loved by surfers. Best places for watching are safely tucked inside from Fifteen Cornwall restaurant at Watergate Bay or Rick Steins at Fistral Beach.
We know Cornwall is famous for its spring flowers, however as the leaves begin to turn golden who can fail to be enchanted by all the amazing colours. Our favourite for an autumn visit is the Japanese Garden at St Mawgan where Japanese Maples perform spectacular colour changes: bold & soft golds, greens, oranges & reds transform the colour palette of the garden, before dropping gently into rest. Trees and branches start to reveal their superb architecture; previously hidden by foliage in the earlier months. Temperatures begin to drop and everything breathes a sign of relief as the growing season slips into rest and the cooler, calmer time of year begins. You will find colour everywhere at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project as well.
5. Bird Watching
You don’t need to be an expert to see the huge numbers of birds that migrate to Cornwall in the autumn. At this time of year, just listen and look up – the tsks, tsips, tseeps, chacks and chissicks you hear might be flocks of migrant land birds on their southward journeys. Many people don’t realise the sheer numbers of birds involved and the distances they can travel. Due to its geographical location, the Lizard is a great location for spotting rare visitors from overseas as is St Antony Head.
Shrike, wryneck and the exotic looking hoopoe and bee-eater are relatively frequent visitors. In some winters, almost three-quarters of a million redwings and fieldfares (the ‘winter thrushes’) spend the season in the UK, having travelled from as far afield as Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland. Offshore, the rich sea ocean currents attract flocks of diving gannets, shearwaters, kittiwakes and guillemots while shags, cormorants and gulls are a common sight perched on the rocky cliffs and offshore reefs.
The rugged cliffs are a great place to experience the magnificent ravens, peregrine falcons, kestrels and other birds hunting smaller prey such as stonechats, wheatears and other small birds including rock pipits along the coastal slope. We have bird guide books and can lend you binoculars if you want a closer look.
Of course after all this activity you need to return to a luxury, comfortable, cosy cottage and where better than Roundhouse Barns, book your autumn break now….