With the leaves beginning to change colour and the hint of a cooler breeze in the air, Autumn is fast approaching and is a great time of year to explore the North Cornish Coast and surrounding areas as part of a walking holiday. Time to start digging out your favourite jumpers, hats and scarfs and get geared up for some adventures. Here are some of our favourite autumn walks to get you inspired so you can start planning ahead.
Pentire Headland Walk
A circular walk that offers spectacular sweeping views over the Rumps and Pentire Point, this moderate 4.5-mile walk is great for spotting migratory birds during the autumn months as they prepare to fly south for the winter.
Beginning and ending in Polzeath, the route is suitable for dogs and will likely be a hit among those looking for a post-walk refreshment in many of the local bars and restaurants in Polzeath. You can view the full route here.
You can also start your walk from The Point – this makes this a longer walk, but saves you having to park your car. See our Top 5 Walks starting from The Point.
Wadebridge to Polbrock Walk
Where better to enjoy the changing leaves than along a scenic woodland river trail? This easy 6.8-mile walking route follows the River Camel upstream before turning inland across the Treraven Farm nature reserve. The 170-acre site is owned by the Gaia Trust that includes one of the largest habitat restoration projects in Cornwall. The end of the trail takes you past the John Betjeman Centre, which has a fascinating memorabilia room dedicated to the former Poet Laureate who is buried at nearby St Enodoc Church.
Rock to St. Minver Walk
If the weather is looking a little inclement but you still want to get out and explore Cornwall’s beautiful scenery, this 6.7-mile walk from Rock to the picturesque village of St. Minver is perfect. It passes three pubs on the return journey where you can take a well-deserved break until the sun comes out again. Sharps Brewery and shop are also along the route for those looking purchase a consumable souvenir.
History buffs may like to stop into St. Enodoc Church (the burial place of Sir John Betjeman). Dog owners can give their furry friends a good run on Daymer Bay and Rock Beach, which allow dogs all year round.
Camel Trail Walk
If you’re a keen birdwatcher hoping to see some feathered friends on their way south for the winter, an autumn walk along the Camel Estuary (the part of the trail between Padstow and Wadebridge) is a great choice.
The Camel Trail has a purpose-built bird hide near Wadebridge that is open to the public, and many wildfowl, waders, and gulls can be spotted around the salt marshes. A virtually flat, multi-use trail that follows a disused railway line, the 18-mile trail provides options for walkers of all ages and abilities.
All of these walks are within easy driving distance (or walking!) of our collection of holidays cottages and apartments. With an excellent variety of self-catering accommodation, as well as top-quality leisure and golfing facilities for our guests to access contact us today or search for your perfect Autumn break below.