Autumn in Cornwall – in pictures
From the quiet cobbled streets and landscapes filled with shades of orange and gold to the fabulous range of food festivals, there are not only plenty of things to see and do in Cornwall during the autumn months, but it’s also when the county is looking its best.
Here are five photographs that prove autumn is when Cornwall is perhaps at its most beautiful.
One of the best things about autumn is the impact of the stormy weather on the seas, as seen in this fantastic shot of Porthleven harbour. If you’re not feeling adventurous enough to don a wetsuit and catch some waves on the shoreline, why not wait until the dark clouds circle above, head to higher ground, and watch the waves crash against the nearby rocks or harbourside? You may find yourself a little exposed to the elements, but the dramatic scenes will be well worth it.
The great thing about autumn is that although the crowds of summer have gone, the majority of local businesses and tourist attractions still remain open. Queues will be smaller, and may even be non-existent, and the cobbled streets will be much easier to navigate. If they’re as narrow as those pictured in the seaside town of St Ives, you’ll definitely appreciate being able to wander freely at your own pace while you take in all the wonderful sights and sounds.
Nothing quite says “autumn” like kicking up the leaves on a woodland walk in the countryside. Luckily, Cornwall has plenty of gardens and open spaces to enjoy and the landscape truly comes alive during the months of October and November. Bodmin Moor is one of the most peaceful and picturesque open spaces to explore and after heavy rain the Golitha Falls, which can be found on the outskirts of the Moor, look particularly spectacular.
Visiting Cornwall later in the year means that the weather can still be sunny and dry but the beaches are much quieter. It may not be sunbathing weather, but when you can enjoy scenes like these at Summerleaze Beach in Bude, who cares? Enjoy a gentle stroll along the shoreline before grabbing a pasty and, oh what the heck, an ice cream too!
A foodie’s haven
Cornwall is renowned for its award-winning food and drink, but there’s something truly special about the county around harvest time. Foodie events such as the Falmouth Oyster Festival (which will descend on the town on the 11th-14th October) are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. But you don’t need to travel far to sample the finest fare Cornwall has to offer. Stroll around a local farmers’ market and you’re bound to find something tasty to tuck into, or simply head out foraging for sloes or blackberries in nearby hedgerows.