Visiting Cornwall in October
Autumn has settled in. Crisp sea air, quiet expanses of beach and vivid red sunsets. This is the perfect time to take a few days off and escape to the coast. October is a relaxing time in the south west. The pace of life seems to slow down, but there is still plenty to do and see. Take a long, bracing walk along the coast path, visit some of the county’s most unique attractions, admire the autumnal colours across landscaped gardens and sample some freshly caught cuisine.
With leading local chefs demonstrating their gastronomic flair and artists showcasing their handmade crafts, the Falmouth Oyster Festival marks the start of the traditional oyster dredging season in Falmouth. Sample the highly sought-after seafood, washed down with local drinks and enjoyed amongst the buzzing atmosphere of this much loved event.
Explore the woodlands
Cornwall is known for its glorious beaches, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful areas of woodland and gardens just waiting to be explored. Marvel at the myriad of red and gold leaves which cling to the trees and carpet the ground. Try Cardinham Woods or Tregonnigie Woodland to spot squirrels clambering between an oasis of plants, or head to the sub-tropical Trebah gardens to witness the Southern hemisphere plants burst into flower and the likes of banana trees and giant rhubarb reach their full size.
Alongside acres of beautiful woodland, there are a handful of waterfalls dotted around Cornwall, often concealed deep into nature trails. Visit St Nectans Glen, near Tintagel and Boscastle, an area of woodland bursting with mystical tales of piskies and fairies. Here, you will find St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall seen through a hole in the rocks. Or, visit Golitha Falls near Liskeard, a cascading waterfall set in a wooded valley.
You may be lucky enough to experience an Indian summer in October, but this month can also see the first winter storms brace the coastline. Head out to the cliff tops to watch the conditions alter as the new season sets in. Watch crashing waves strike the rocks or be surprised by pleasantly calm water. Whatever the conditions, Cornwall has many vantage points for wave watching and the ocean is always a sight to behold.