Autumn’s here and we feel like we can finally take a breather after the summer madness! Yes, it’s cooled down, yes, the days are a little shorter – and yes, we absolutely love it! Here are our top 5 things to do in Cornwall in these crisp autumn days.

Surfing and Storm-watching

Cornwall’s beaches are absolutely heavenly in summertime, especially for children – endless days of sandcastles, rockpooling and tide fights. However, the coast takes on an entirely different character when the year matures into darker and stormier seasons; the wind gets up and stronger swells start rolling in, meaning surfers who have spend the summer months staring hungrily out to the horizon praying for those tell-tale swell lines can finally leap into their wetsuits and race down to enjoy the bigger and more boisterous waves. And if getting in the water isn’t your thing, there are plenty of places to watch surfers – or storms themselves – around the coast. What about cosying up here at Trevalsa Court Hotel with a hot chocolate and looking out over this beautiful view?

Woodland Walks

Did you know that when Cornwall’s main industry was mining, it’s said that so many trees were cut down for charcoal that for a long time there were hardly any woods in West Cornwall? Luckily, there are surviving beautiful woodlands dotted around the county, which make for spectacular autumn walks as the leaves turn bright yellows, oranges and reds. Devichoys, between Truro and Falmouth, is an ancient woodland featuring sessile oaks which dates from at least the 1650s. Or, you could visit tiny Lerryn Woods for a creekside wander – said to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book ‘Wind In The Willows’. And if you prefer the scent of pines, there are everygreen woods in Cardinham (near Bodmin) and Idless (near Truro), featuring majestic avenues of Douglas Firs, with plenty of trails for walking, biking and other activities.

See the Sights

Yep, you read that right – but wait! Autumn is a great time to head to Cornwall’s most popular sightseeing spots, towns and haunts. Once the summer crowds have dispersed, you can really enjoy some of the must-see locations that can be difficult to get to at other times of year. Imagine heading into Padstow or St Ives and being able to park without a problem – AND get a pasty without having to queue. Or a day out to Land’s End, or perhaps The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno, or even the Eden Project – with so much more space to move around, and time to linger without feeling rushed! Autumn’s definitely a great time to get the entire beach to yourselves – we can’t recommend it enough.

Great Gardens

Lots of festivals and foodie activities may be on the backburner, but Cornwall’s Great Gardens more than make up for missing the outdoors. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are just a few minutes from Trevalsa and are beautiful all year round – find out all about the mysterious mud maid, explore gardens from around the world, and take advantage of the delicious local produce on offer in the cafe! For wet days, the Eden Project is your go-to – 2 incredible biomes, the Mediterranean and the Rainforest, both undeniably stunning and a must-see if you’ve not been before.

Lie-Ins and Cosy Evenings

Does all that sound exhausting? We’re not surprised – and we also think that there’s a lot to be said for the simple pleasures of slightly lazier mornings, and enjoying the nights drawing in down here. Here at Trevalsa Court Hotel, we’re proud to have so many guests who come back to us year on year for a chance to relax, recharge and reconnect. Escaping to Cornwall doesn’t have to be filled with dashing about the county trying to fit it all in. Instead, these crisp, clear days start with a leisurely breakfast overlooking the gardens, followed by a day of pottering about in Mevagissey and the beautiful south coast, while the evening can end cosied up in a pub with a hearty meal by a roaring open hearth, or snuggled up on a sofa with a book and spectacular sunset view. Cornwall’s certainly a place where you can truly make the most of life in the slow lane.