Despite the fact that we have already experienced some of the hottest temperatures of the year this September and there are reports of an ‘Indian Summer’ on the horizon, summer is definitely on the wane.
However, this really isn’t a cause for concern if you have been planning a trip to Cornwall this year and haven’t made it yet, as the Autumn here is as magical, mesmerising and as full of marvellous memory-making moments as pretty much any other time of the year and here at Wooda Farm Holiday Park, we love it.
For many locals, Autumn is undoubtedly the best time to explore and enjoy North Cornwall. The picturesque nature of the region in autumnal hues, its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and rich cultural heritage, take on a magical quality during this season that makes it perfect for those seeking unique and tranquil experiences. Cornwall is also a little quieter during these months allowing for a slower-paced getaway and even more beach, cliff and moor to oneself.
Temperate Autumnal Conditions
One of the most compelling reasons to visit North Cornwall in the autumn is the weather (bear with me!). While the summer months can bring scorching temperatures it also brings crowds and, at times, some unbearable heat. For us, Autumn offers a more comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. The air is crisp, and the temperatures are mild, making it ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, surfing and exploring our rugged coastline. The golden hues of the leaves and the soft, diffused sunlight create a warm and inviting atmosphere that photographers, artists and nature enthusiasts will also adore.
Mild Sea Temperatures
Sea temperatures are also very mild in the Autumn, with September, October and November having similar water temperatures to June and July. Along with returning swells from the Atlantic at this time of year, it makes for perfect conditions for surfing, bodyboarding and other seafaring adventures.
Autumnal Hues, Wild Walks and Natural Beauty
The dramatic landscapes of North Cornwall truly shine in the autumn. North Cornwall is well known for its stunning coastline, which boasts a veritable plethora of towering cliffs, hidden coves, and pristine beaches. During the Autumn, the coastal paths are much less crowded, allowing you to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery fully. The South West Coast Path, which stretches for over 600 miles, offers an array of hiking opportunities with views that will leave you awestruck and is accessible by a short drive from our gates, here at Wooda.
Autumn also marks the start of the seal pupping season, making it an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts to observe these adorable creatures along the coast.
Towns and Villages at the Right Speed
North Cornwall is home to a bounty of charming villages and towns, each with its own unique character. In autumn, these communities come alive with cosy charm. Places like Bude, Padstow, Port Isaac, and Boscastle are much less crowded than in the summer, allowing you to explore their quaint streets, visit local shops and art galleries, and enjoy a cosy coffee in a coastal cafe at your leisure. The slower pace of life in these villages during the autumn months provides a more authentic and relaxed experience.
Historic Cornwall in Autumn
North Cornwall’s rich history and cultural heritage are also arguably best experienced in the autumn. The area is dotted with historic sites and museums, such as the famous Tintagel Castle, which is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Visiting these sites during the quieter autumn months allows for a more contemplative and immersive experience, where you can spend time connecting with the past and the legends that surround them.
Another appealing aspect of visiting North Cornwall in the autumn is the opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation. You and your family can unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the season, cosy up after a hard day hiking in one of the luxury lodges at Wooda, or in front of a wood burner in one of our handsome holiday cottages. Or while the weather is still warm enough why not brush off that tent or oil up the camper van for one more outing this year and come to Wooda and enjoy everything North Cornwall has to offer in the Autumn?
North Cornwall in the autumn is like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The combination of mild weather, gentle sea temperatures, stunning landscapes, charming villages and the gorgeous autumnal light, possibly makes it the best time to experience our beautiful little corner of the Northern coast of Cornwall. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, North Cornwall in the autumn promises a memorable and enchanting holiday experience you and your family will cherish for years.
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