7 of the best autumnal walks in Cornwall
Summer may be over, but Cornwall comes to life with colour in the Autumn.
Experience spectacular sunsets, drive through country lanes with vivid wild hedgerows and explore Cornish coastal paths, woodland and moorland at this beautiful time of year.
Read on to discover 7 of the best autumnal walks to make the most of all the gorgeous colours that appear during this season.
Autumnal walks in Tehidy Woods
- Autumnal walks in Tehidy Woods
Tehidy Woods and Country Park has over 250 acres of beautiful woodland to explore. Crunch through crisp autumnal leaves in your wellies or walking boots, discover peaceful lakes, spot swans and squirrels and retreat to the café for a warming drink.
Why not combine your woodland walk with a coastal adventure and try the circular walk from Tehidy Country Park to Deadman’s Cove?
The walk is just over 4 miles and begins at Tehidy South Drive car park.
Tehidy offers one of the most spectacular woodland walks in Cornwall and there’s plenty of space to have a different adventure every time you visit.
St Ives to Zennor coastal walk
- St Ives to Zennor coastal walk
Cornwall has many miles of breathtaking coastal path to explore but the St Ives to Zennor walk is one of the most magical parts, particularly in the Autumn.
It’s a six mile walk which can be extended into a 12 mile walk, one of the best circular walks in Cornwall.
Meander through stunning countryside and coastline and see dramatic cliffs, wild and rocky paths dotted with gorse and heather, and secluded coves below.
See if you can spot grey Atlantic seals in the ocean as you trek across the rugged landscape towards Zennor Head. In the village of Zennor, you’ll find the Tinner’s Arms pub which has friendly staff, delicious food and a roaring open fire during the autumn and winter.
This is one of the best dog walks in Cornwall and the Tinner’s Arms is dog friendly too. A holiday cottage in St Ives is the perfect base for exploring this stunning part of the south west coast path.
Autumnal walks in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
- Autumnal walks in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park has over 860 acres of beautiful gardens, parkland and countryside to explore.
There are several different walking trails that you can follow or you can choose your own route.
There are many historic structures to discover within the grounds and over 100 different species of trees to spot.
The Tree Trail introduces you to 17 of these species and is a two mile walk which is suitable for families and pushchairs.
Stomp through fallen leaves and see if you can spot any wild deer. You can also explore the historic gardens which take you on a journey from the 16th century to the present day.
Wander through the landscaped gardens, the New Zealand garden, the rose garden, the bee garden and many more.
Autumnal walks at Golitha Falls
- Autumnal walks at Golitha Falls
Golitha Falls Nature Reserve is one of Cornwall’s best beauty spots.
Walk through woodland trails with diverse plant life and wildflowers, and see the wonder that is Golitha Falls.
The cascading waterfall comes from the River Fowey which runs through the gorge. Look out for buzzards, butterflies and birds as you meander through the woods and experience the spectacular sight of the waterfall.
This is one of the most breathtaking walking routes in Cornwall.
You can extend your walk to Siblyback Lake where there’s a lovely waterside footpath or over to the charming village of St Neot on the edge of Bodmin Moor where there’s a cosy Cornish pub called the London Inn.
Autumnal walks in Idless Woods
- Autumnal walks in Idless Woods
Idless Woods is a great place to enjoy a peaceful walk in fantastic scenery.
It’s also a great spot for wildlife watchers and you may be lucky enough to spot deer, otters or badgers.
Idless can be found on the outskirts of Truro and has nearly three miles of woodland pathways to explore.
The track next to the stream can get quite muddy, so make sure you’re wearing the appropriate footwear!
This summer, a new cafe was built in the woods.
The cute little cabin sells sandwiches, cakes, hot drinks and other refreshments, perfect as a stop off point on your woodland walk.
Riverside walks at Tremayne Quay, Helford
- Riverside walks at Tremayne Quay, Helford
In 1847, Tremayne Quay was built for the purpose of a visit from Queen Victoria.
Unfortunately, she never arrived!
However, the pretty location is now a great spot for walking and picnics.
If you’re looking for a walk in tranquil surroundings with calming creekside views, this route is for you.
Tremayne Quay is part of the unspoilt area of the Helford River.
You can walk from Tremayne Quay, through the National Trust woods to the Trelowarren Estate where you’ll find a craft centre, gallery and restaurant or simply stroll alongside the water watching sailing boats, swans and birds.
Wadebridge to Polbrock coastal Walk
- Wadebridge to Polbrock coastal Walk
Follow a scenic woodland river trail from Wadebridge to Polbrock for mesmerising coastal and countryside views.
This 7 mile walking route follows the River Camel upstream and is a great location to witness the changing colours of the autumnal leaves.
It’s one of the best coastal walks in Cornwall which also takes you through beautiful countryside.
This walking trail takes you through the Treraven Farm nature reserve, a 170-acre site that includes one of the largest habitat restoration projects in Cornwall, and through various woodland pathways.
There are numerous cafes, restaurants and shops in the town of Wadebridge to turn this walk into a wonderful day out.
We are spoilt for choice with fantastic walking routes in Cornwall with hundred of beaches, many miles of coastal paths, rugged moorland and beautiful countryside and woodland to explore.
Where will your next Cornish adventure take you?