Autumn is a beautiful season in Cornwall. It’s especially lovely here in our rural estate, with its lovely mixed woodland and acres of parkland to explore.
We never grow out of enjoying the autumn, and The Cornwall really is nature’s adventure playground at this time of year. Crunch through the leaves in your boots. Hunt through the woodland for acorns and sycamore helicopters. Visit the orchard with its Cornish apples and pears (and pocket the odd windfall). Keep an eye out for The Cornwall’s shyer residents before they hibernate…
In the trees near the “human hotel”, there’s our special “bat hotel” – you’re not the only guests here! The Cornwall’s bats also reside in a couple of caves and a barn across the estate; have a look out for their homes on your woodland walks.
It’s a busy time of year for our estate team; and if you love the evocative smell of an autumn bonfire, The Cornwall’s parkland is the place to be. There’s a sense of both nature and the gardeners having a good sort out before the winter, of making sure that everything is tidy and in place for the colder months ahead. If you want to get involved with this autumnal clear out, how about joining in with one of Cornwall’s autumn beach cleans?
Across the county at this time of year, groups of volunteers gather on Cornwall’s beaches, to collect, and sometimes log, any rubbish and debris that has gathered there over the winter. The Surfers Against Sewage website has information about what’s going on, as has Clean Cornwall. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors this autumn – while helping to protect it.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Cornwall’s natural environment, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has a fantastic events programme this autumn. From photography workshops to half-term rock pool rambles to guided walks, there’s a lot going on.
Of course, after all this fresh air and exercise, you’ll need a sit down and some sustenance. The fires are lit in the hotel now, and there are few places as inviting as the bar in The Parkland Terrace. However – and this is one of the brilliant things about early autumn – until the sun goes down, the terrace is still a pleasantly warm place for a bite to eat or al fresco drink. When the sun sets, simply move indoors and enjoy toasting yourself by an open fire. Best of both worlds.