Though it feels like summer is still in the air, we are already looking ahead to autumn. The trees will soon begin turning colour, the air will be crisper, hats, scarves and coats will come out of hiding and hot chocolate will be the drink of choice in cafés up and down the country. And the best way to enjoy the change in season is a leisurely walk!
Fowey, and Cornwall in general, is wonderful to visit in the autumn months. Down in the south west, the weather is often much milder and the majority of tourists have gone back home, making it the ideal holiday destination for adults who want some peace and quiet. Our Fowey accommodation is the perfect choice for those who want a luxurious and comfortable place to rest after a day outdoors walking the stunning coast and countryside.
Gribbin Head Walk
Fowey’s coastal location means there is easy access to the South West Coast Path, which stretches around the length of Cornwall’s coastline. A favourite walk to try near the harbour town is the Gribbin Head route. The walk is moderate, following cliff tops with a few climbs making it a great choice for those who are beginners to walking. The Gribbin Head walk is closely connected to Daphne du Maurier, and will take you past places the writer used to live and walk herself. In autumn and winter, it will be blustery on the cliffs, but it is exciting to see the waves crashing below you. You can find more information about the Gribbin Head walk on our blog post detailing the route here.
Fowey ‘Hall Walk’
One of the favourite walks to do in Fowey, it encompasses the best the town has to offer, from passing by historical buildings, to enjoying the spectacular views of Fowey harbour. The Hall Walk takes its name from being a promenade for Hall Manor at Bodinnick, it is a good route to do at any time of the year. The walk is well signed and almost entirely free of traffic, and includes two ferry crossings, between Fowey and Polruan and Fowey and Bodinnick. You can start at Fowey, Polruan or Bodinnick and you won’t miss anything out as it is a circular walk just four miles in length.
Lansallos and Lantivet Bay
A moderate walk east along the coast from Fowey, the route follows the South West Coast Path, with steep ascents and descents and is around 4 miles. The route is great to follow in autumn, as it takes you through woodland areas, and there are lots of migrating birds to spot in the sky along with birds of prey. The hamlet of Lansallos dates to the 10th century and it does feel like you step back in time when you visit, as it feels well-removed from the modern world. Nearby the hamlet is Palace Cove, which was a hotspot for smuggling and fishermen and overlooks the breathtaking blue waters of Lantivet Bay.
Head away from the coast inland to Bodmin Moor and the beautiful Cardinham Woods. The area has many walking trails to choose from, short routes suitable for beginners and longer paths that include steep climbs best suited to more experienced ramblers. Wheal Glynn Walk is a harder trail, taking you past an old mine, where you can spot the old engine house and chimney. Alternatively, follow the Deviock Walk, which is a longer route taking you through the trees. It is lovely to head on a walk in Cardinham Woods in autumn, as the leaves are turning red, yellow and orange, though some Scots Pine trees mix in perfectly with their dark green needles. Be sure to wear walking boots, as the paths can get muddy!
Luxulyan Valley Walk
Make your way to the Luxulyan Valley, a tranquil woodland where the Par River runs through. The area is dotted with remains of the copper mining industry, including the Treffry Viaduct, which can be walked across and it is part of the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Mining Landscape. The steep valley feels like it has been lost in time, and in the autumn and winter months, the bare trees, colourful leaves and muddy tracks transport you to a truly unique part of Cornwall. Be sure to bring a camera to capture some atmospheric shots of the abandoned mining buildings and impressive viaduct!
Image credit: Mary Williams
Take a look at our blog for other activities and attractions to do in when staying at our boutique hotel in Fowey and contact us to book your stay today!