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.
In Wales, Radnor Forest makes the perfect setting for an autumn wander, with trails leading from Warren Wood to the ‘Water Break-its-neck’ waterfall. Scenic circular walks can also be found around Cilgwyn Wood, near Llandovery, and Irfon Forest, near Llanwrtyd Wells.
Around mid-November, wild Atlantic salmon migrate to breed at the Gilfach Nature Reserve in Rhayader. If river levels are low, it’s possible to see them leaping the Marteg Falls to reach their spawning grounds; part of the incredible natural wonder of a ‘salmon run’.
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.