It’s no secret at all that Cornwall is the perfect staycation county to visit ALL year round and autumn is certainly no exception. The schools are back which means the hustle and bustle of hoards of summer holiday makers has died down leaving our town’s villages and beaches empty for you to enjoy the remains of the (fingers crossed) autumn sunshine. Here are some of our favourite reasons to visit Cornwall in the fall…
A Calm Vibe
As we said, come September our beaches, towns and villages are empty which brings a total change of pace and that hectic summer lifestyle which really makes you feel like you really are in a little piece of heaven on earth, for instance; Penhale Sands which is close to our Carnebo Barns is 3 whole miles of golden sands that are all yours (and the dogs, should you wish to bring them with you) jam packed with windbreakers and sunbathers galore during July and August it is a welcome bit of tranquillity to have a whole beach pretty much to yourself, with the exception of the odd surfer and walkers, leaving you with a cool calm vibe and this will be the same anywhere you decide to visit during your stay.
The autumn sunsets are also to die for.
Country Pubs and Cafes
If there is one thing we know how to do well in Cornwall, it’s a cosy country pub and a beachside cafe. There really is nothing better than going for a long walk along the coast all wrapped up (or should we say “layered up” as the weather thus far has been stupendous, meaning you may have to strip down to nothing but a t-shirt a few miles into your stroll) than stopping at a quaint country pub or cafe. Even if you ditch the walk and head straight there we have a few “go to” hot spots that we love! The New Inn in Goonhavern right by Carnebo is great and we adore The Red Lion in Mawnan Smith just a few miles from our Tresooth Holiday Barns.
Local Food and Drink
Both September and October play hosts to some of Cornwall’s finest food festivals, celebrating our county’s great local food heritage but some of our upcoming favourites close to our cottage are Truro Food Festival taking place the weekend of 27th – 29th September in Lemon Quay and the ever popular annual Falmouth Oyster Festival which completely takes over Falmouth’s Events Square between the 9th – 13th October. Both festivals have so much on offer, great food, live music, local produce, cooking demos, friendly faces. You name it! We can’t wait!
Cornish Wildlife Walks
We’ve been walking miles already this autumn and it is fast becoming a favourite past time, there’s nothing better than feeling that autumn sea breeze blowing the cobwebs away whilst unknowingly catching some of Cornwall’s amazing wildlife, and the fast approaching October is the best month for catching sight of rare birds often migrating for the winter from long-tailed tits, starlings and swallows to wading birds often seen along the Fal Estuary, you may even be lucky to spot an Osprey or two. See if you can spot the wader we spied the other day along the Wadebridge to Padstow Camel Trail?
October is also the month when most grey seals give birth to their pups. These families can often be seen on the rocks along the coast. It really is a magical sight and one of our favourite spots is along the coastal path between Polly Joke Beach, Crantock and Holywell Bay on the north coast. It is important to keep to the coast path and not stray too close to the edge of the cliff when trying to spot these curious creatures.
Country View Cottages are the perfect base for your autumnal Cornish getaway, our traditional barn conversions have been lovingly renovated into the cottages you see today and after a day exploring the spectacular coastline you can sit back and relax or take a dip in our hot tub or Jacuzzi and re-charge those batteries reading for the adventures awaiting you the next day. After all, you have to get out and about when visiting this beautiful part of the country.