Late summer and early Autumn is a beautiful time to experience Cornwall. The school holiday crowds have dispersed leaving all of our favourite places free to explore. The sea is at its warmest, perfect for an afternoon dip in the late summer sunshine. Early evening sunsets make the perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner or a post-dinner stroll.
The first exciting signs of Autumn appear: the smell of bonfires and open log fires and leaves beginning to turn gold. And the chill in the air makes the steamy warmth of our cliff top hot tubs all the more inviting…
Here is our guide to make the most of the quieter side of Cornwall in late summer:
Wander the winding streets of St Ives now that the hordes have gone. Take the train from St Erth for a spectacular view of the Hayle estuary, St Ives Bay and Carbis Bay – the soft, white sandy beaches and the clear turquoise seas. Some of the highlights include Barbara Hepworth’s beautiful sculpture garden and Leach Pottery, but you can also find numerous smaller galleries and potteries amongst the back streets. You’ll be spoilt for choice for eating places, but our favourites include Ainsworth’s Rojano’s in the square and the Basement Cafe.
Explore the most southerly point of England: The Lizard peninsula. With its rugged coastline, rocky outcrops and abundance of wild flowers it’s a really unique part of Cornwall. There are plenty of picturesque coves and white sandy beaches to discover: Kynance with its rock pools and famous cafe is one of the most popular – so try to visit when the tide is out. Coverack and Housel Bay are also beautiful.
St Michael’s Mount
One of the most iconic Cornish landmarks: St Michael’s Mount, is best visited out of season. Visit in September on a Thursday or Friday when both the castle and stunning gardens are still open. For a few hours each day you can walk on the ancient stone causeway whilst the tide is out – but you can also take a quick boat trip over if you get caught by the tides.
Discover hidden Cornwall
This September our sister hotel Bedruthan are organising a series of guided walks allowing you to discover hidden Cornwall: secret coves, secluded valleys and places you didn’t know existed. With local expert Steve Crummay to guide you, you can spot extraordinary wildlife from Atlantic Grey seals to peregrine falcons and learn about local Cornish myths and legends. Full day, half days and dusk walks are available from 26th September to 5th October and will really be an experience to remember.
Explore the narrow streets of one of Cornwall’s many romantic fishing villages: take your pick from Port Isaac, Mevagissey, Fowey, Padstow and St Mawes. Wander around the harbour walls, treat yourselves to a locally made ice cream and steaming parcels of fish and chips and discover small shops selling local produce and crafts.
Take the opportunity to try some of the best Cornish food (now that getting a table is a little easier!) our recommendations include: Paul Ainsworth at Number 6. in Padstow, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall, Nathan Outlaw’s in Rock and Porth Isaac, Porthminster in St Ives and, of course, the Scarlet Restaurant.
Bude Food Festival
An up and coming foodie festival Bude for Food on the weekend of 18th – 20th September is something not to miss. There will be demonstrations from well renowned chefs such as Martin Dorey, Sanjay Jumar and Emma Gunn, Global Street Food to snack on and beautiful food from across the south west – from Cornish Charcuterie to hand harvested Cornish seaweed.