Well Autumn’s well and truly here now in Cornwall. All the leaves are changing colour and the sea is getting cold again! I’ve been trying to surf in a summer wetsuit for the past few weeks and my feet are turning white pretty rapidly after getting in the sea! Although the majority of us prefer the summer, it doesn’t mean we need to prepare to hibernate for the winter and come back out when the Sun’s ready to burn us all again next year. No! There’s plenty we can do, especially during Autumn, when we’re not hitting ridiculously cold temperatures and it’s still pretty painless to get out and about. Here’s a few ideas…

 

Go Storm watching…

Cornwall is a fantastic place to watch the storms smash up the coastline. With so many awesome places to watch the weather do its thing, it’s hard to pick just one place worth having a watch. A couple of my favourites recently have been Portreath and Porthleven. There’s still loads more places to watch the storms though. There’s some amazing shots that I’ve seen from Sennen where the waves are so large, they smash over the cliffs, spraying the whole of Sennen in their aftermath. Perranporth ends up with its own wave travelling up the river if the tides match right with the storm.

Waves crash over an island somewhere on the North Cliffs.

Waves crash over an island somewhere on the North Cliffs.

Massive waves churn their way towards the wall at Porthleven.

Massive waves churn their way towards the wall at Porthleven.

Waves smash the sea defence at Portreath.

Waves smash the sea defence at Portreath.

A waterfall is shot backwards with howling winds on the North Cliffs.

A waterfall is shot backwards with howling winds on the North Cliffs.

 

Go Surfing…

There’s arguably never a better time to surf in Cornwall than the Autumn. The Autumn swells come through and Cornwall can genuinely get world class surf through this time of the year. So far this month, it’s been doing pretty well and long may it last! With less people in the water than in the summer, it’s a perfect time to be getting in and perfecting those turns! Think about getting yourself a 4/3 autumn suit though! There’s nothing worse than the surf being the best it’s been in months and you not being able to stay in the water because your toes have gone numb!

Surfers waiting for a set at sunset at Gwithian.

Surfers waiting for a set at sunset at Gwithian.

A lone surfer stares out at the sunset at Portreath.

A lone surfer stares out at the sunset at Portreath.

Go for a walk in the woods…

With the leaves changing colour and falling to the ground, our woods are at their most colourful in the Autumn. With plenty of woods dotted around Cornwall there’s plenty to choose from. From Tehidy to Idless. From Cardinham to Kennall Vale . They’re all special in their own way and all worth a visit!

Looking into the woods at Kennall Vale.

Looking into the woods at Kennall Vale.

Looking straight down the footpath at Tehidy Woods.

Looking straight down the footpath at Tehidy Woods.

A gnarly twisted old tree at Tehidy Woods.

A gnarly twisted old tree at Tehidy Woods.

 

When the rain pours, head to our rivers…

I know the feeling… It’s a Saturday. It’s raining non-stop outside. Although it’s been dry all week whilst you’ve been stuck at work, now that the weekend has arrived, the heavens have opened. Well, if you’re not scared of getting a little bit wet, there’s no reason to not head out and go check out some of our rivers as they try to burst their banks. Raging waters torrenting downstream are a pretty cool sight and an easy photo opportunity.

The river rushes into the distance at Kennall Vale.

The river rushes into the distance at Kennall Vale.

The gorgeous waterfall at St Nectan's Glen.

The gorgeous waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen.

Multiple cascading waterfalls at St Nectan's Glen.

Multiple cascading waterfalls at St Nectan’s Glen.

Water carves it's way through the rocks at Trebarwith Strand.

Water carves it’s way through the rocks at Trebarwith Strand.

Get yourself to the beach…

With the hoards of tourists now streamlined, the beaches can be empty and yours to roam with no-one else on them. Got a day off in the week? Get to the beach for sunrise and if you pick the right one, you’ll have it all to yourself. There’s something quite therapeutic about being on the beach at daybreak with just the sounds of the waves and birds. Even if you can’t be bothered to head down for sunrise (obviously some of us need a lie-in), the beach is still an awesome place in Autumn with bigger waves, less people and more driftwood lying around, and well worth the walk!

Sunset at Gwithian.

Sunset at Gwithian.

"Take Time to Reflect" - A burning fiery sunset reflects over the rocks. At Perranporth.

“Take Time to Reflect” – A burning fiery sunset reflects over the rocks. At Perranporth.

Sunset at Crooklets, Bude.

Sunset at Crooklets, Bude.

"Bedruthan's Bliss" - The Sun sets out to sea as we stare out amongst the rocks of Bedruthan Steps. A warm red fills the sky as the waves wash away the footprints of the day, ready to start afresh at sunrise.

“Bedruthan’s Bliss” – The Sun sets out to sea as we stare out amongst the rocks of Bedruthan Steps. A warm red fills the sky as the waves wash away the footprints of the day, ready to start afresh at sunrise.

 

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