Autumn in Cornwall – Enjoy the Calm!

Autumn Acer – National Trust

All is calm in Cornwall! The tourists have (mostly) returned home. The mornings and evenings are getting slowly darker, but it’s still mild enough to enjoy the great coastal outdoors. The roads are less hectic and although everything feels peaceful, that doesn’t mean it’s all over! There are plenty of activities that are great for the Autumn season.

Here are a few suggestions… 


Everybody considers the summer to be the surfing season and certainly the Cornish summer brings a constant supply of small, but perfectly formed waves. But for those who want the very best Cornish waves then the Autumn is the time to arrive. The ocean swells are more consistent, providing perfect surfing conditions. The waves are uncrowded, the water is still warm, the sunsets are magnificent. So make the most of the quiet beaches, quiet roads and now empty car parks!

 Image by Surf Academy


Food Festivals

Cornwall is a popular destination with foodies. Autumn is the perfect time to explore everything food and drink across the county. Whilst there are food events year round in Cornwall it seems that the biggest and best are in the autumn. Top of the list is the long running favourite, the Falmouth Oyster Festival, along with the Truro Food Festival, Oktoberfest and the Eden Beer Festival.

 Image by Truro Food Festival


Cycle Trails

With the cooler weather, quieter roads, trails and tracks, the Autumn months are the perfect time to jump on your bike and explore Cornwall’s countryside and coastline. With so many routes to discover every ride will be an adventure!

 Image from Bike Smart Cycle Hire


Go Beach Combing with your Dog

The white sands and blue waters are just as beautiful in the Autumn. On October 1st the seasonal dog beach ban is lifted, which means that you and your dogs’ now have all day access to an endless coastline of stunning beaches. With the Autumn winds and occasional night time storms occurring, keep an eye out for an assortment of washed up treasures among the rock pools and seaweed. Scan the sands and see what you can find!


Autumn Woodland Walks

The nights may be longer and the days shorter, but Autumn is all about the vivid golden colours and enjoying the last of the summer sunlight. There’s nothing quite like a woodland walk with the crispy leaves beneath your feet. With some careful research you can conveniently come across some welcoming local pubs for a warming bowl of soup before you venture back out into the Cornish countryside.



Visit the Tourist Spots

One of the best things about the quiet Autumn season is that all the heaving tourist spots are at last free from the masses and can be visited in peace again! Head to the stunning National Trust houses and gardens, spend a day at the Eden Project, cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. Book the Minack Theatre, visit Padstow, explore the Seven Bays and go gallery hopping around St Ives – the list just goes on and on!!