As the trees turn red and leaves begin to fall, autumn brings the joy of woodland walks and cycle trails.
Around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, there’s every chance of an early-autumn warm spell, as the naturally milder climate boosts temperatures. If the sun shines, pack a hamper and find a sheltered cove or patch of parkland to really make the most of it.
If it feels altogether more autumnal, get into the spirit with a woodland walk. Our Restormel properties are just an amble from quiet wooded valleys, while the Lanhydrock estate and Cardinham Woods are easily reached by car. Both have a network of cycle trails for different ages and abilities. Around Luxulyan, mature trees and sloping hillsides enfold a fascinating landscape of mining heritage.
On the Isles of Scilly, visit the Holy Vale nature trail on St Mary’s. This Dutch Elm woodland weaves through a quiet valley, which also features the island’s only stream. Just along from here is the Higher Moors trail, its path lined by grey willow to protect from the breeze.
As the day draws to a close, return to the comfort of your holiday cottage. Each has a well-equipped kitchen for rustling up a pie or crumble with foraged berries, or simply for experimenting with the fruits of a local harvest. If there’s a chill in the air, many also feature open fires or wood burners, with complimentary logs provided.