With the leaves beginning to change colour and the hint of an autumnal chill in the air, it’s a great time to throw a couple of extra layers on and enjoy the beautiful scenery North Cornwall has to offer at this time of year. Here are some of our favourite autumn walks…
A circular hike that offers spectacular sweeping views over the Rumps and Pentire Point, this moderate 4.5-mile walk is great for spotting migratory birds during the autumn months as they prepare to fly south for the winter.
Beginning and ending in Polzeath, the route is suitable for dogs and will likely be a hit among children interested in volcanic rocks and prehistoric fort ramparts. You can view the full route here.
You can also start your walk from The Point – this makes this a longer walk, but saves you having to park your car. See our Top 5 Walks starting from The Point.
Wadebridge to Polbrock
Where better to enjoy the changing leaves than along a scenic woodland river trail? This easy 6.8-mile walking route follows the River Camel upstream before turning inland across the Treraven Farm nature reserve – a 170-acre site owned by the Gaia Trust that includes one of the largest habitat restoration projects in Cornwall. The end of the trail takes you past the John Betjeman Centre, which has a fascinating memorabilia room dedicated to the former Poet Laureate.
Rock to St. Minver
If the weather is looking a little dicey but you still want to get out and explore Cornwall’s beautiful scenery, this 6.7-mile walk from Rock to the picturesque village of St. Minver is perfect – it passes not one, not two, but three pubs on the return journey where you can take a well-deserved break until the sun comes out again.
Ale drinkers can sample some of the area’s famous real ales at Sharp’s Brewery, history buffs may like to stop into St. Enodoc Church (the burial place of Sir John Betjeman), and dog owners can give their furry friends a romp on Daymer Bay and Rock Beach, both of which allow pups all year round.
If you’re a keen birdwatcher hoping to see some of our feathered friends on their way south for the winter, an autumn walk along the Camel Estuary (the part of the trail between Padstow and Wadebridge) is a great choice.
The Camel Trail has a purpose-built bird hide near Wadebridge that is open to the public, and many wildfowl, waders, and gulls can be spotted around the salt marshes. A virtually flat, multi-use trail that follows a disused railway line, the 18-mile trail provides options for walkers of all ages and abilities.
All of these walks are within easy driving distance (or walking!) of The Point at Polzeath, with an excellent variety of self-catering accommodation, as well as top-quality leisure and golfing facilities. To book your next holiday, contact us today. We look forward to your visit.