Despite the popularity of Cornwall during the summer season, autumn is one of the most special times of the year to see the county. As September gets under way, Cornwall winds down and settles back into a much slower pace of life. The cobbled streets are quieter, the beaches no longer filled with windbreaks and the roads free of traffic. Draped in a plethora of autumnal colours, Cornwall sees a new beauty encompass it.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider visiting Cornwall this autumn.
With over 300 beautiful beaches across the county, Cornwall's beaches offer something for everyone. From popular golden stretches of soft sand, to pebbly coves and harbour beaches. Wherever you chose to stay in Cornwall, you’re sure to find the perfect beach to enjoy your picnic. You might even brave dipping your toes in the sea; the water is around 5 degrees warmer in autumn, and is significantly warmer than the north of the UK.
Food and music festivals
September sees many Cornish food and music festivals throughout the month. The quieter period allows the local communities to celebrate the likes of food, culture and music. The following festivals will be taking place during September 2018:
Newquay Fish Festival, 7th – 9th September
St Ives September Festival, 8th – 21st September
Fowey Valley Music Festival, 21st – 23rd September
Popular villages are quieter
Cornwall is home to many quaint villages, including the seaside villages of St Ives, Mevagissey and Port Isaac. With growing popularity, these villages are often better explored from September onwards when the cobbles are less busy. Unlike years ago, shops, restaurants and cafes stay open well into the cooler months, catering for out-of-season guests and locals. The relaxed vibe in these autumnal months creates a truly special atmosphere to experience these quirky Cornish towns.
Autumn is one of the best times of year for walking in Cornwall, before all the wet muddy weather sets in, the dry and mild weather is ideal for exploring the coast paths, the local woodlands and the sub-tropical gardens across the county. Of course, not forgetting, come the start of October, beaches are dog-friendly, so you can enjoy a nice stroll with your pooch along the beach.
The surf's better
Those who are keen surfers will know all about the surfing conditions in autumn in Cornwall; it really is one of the best surfing seasons. Not only is the water warmer until around late November, the swells are more consistent (ideal for confident and beginner surfers) and there’s more room in the water to move around. Win win.
The weather is warm and dry
Historically, September offers a warm and balmy climate, often referred to as an Indian Summer. The mild temperature is very similar to temperatures in June, and is often a few degrees warmer than June. The rainfall levels in September barely differ to June and even October is generally quite dry. Picture crispy leaves scrambling along the pathways.
Have we tempted you?
If you need another reason to visit, then know that if you choose to visit Cornwall in September, you will miss the peak season prices and should be able to get a good deal for visiting Cornwall in the quieter months!
Autumn really is your chance to experience the true Cornwall filled with colours, crunchy leaves and stretches of empty sands.
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