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21st September 2018 | Regional News

Amazing Autumn Woodland Walks in Cornwall

With leaves beginning to fall and temperatures starting to drop, autumn is the perfect time to wrap up warm and head out on a woodland walk!

From Carinham Woods to Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall is home to lots of wonderful woodlands that are just waiting to be explored. So, whether you’re on the lookout for wildlife or simply want to see an array of picturesque views, here are four of the best places to visit for an autumn stroll on your next holiday in Cornwall.

Cardinham Woods

Just 30 minutes’ drive from St Minver Holiday Park is Cardinham Woods, providing visitors with over 650 acres of spectacular scenery and fun-filled activities. Packed full of walking trails, cycling routes and play areas for children to enjoy, it’s a fantastic place for a family day out.

There are four marked walking routes in Cardinham Woods, all offering something different. If you’re on a family walk with younger children or wheelchair users, an easy route to take is the Lady Vale Walk. Follow the river upstream to Lady Vale Bridge, an ancient stone bridge crossing over Cardinham Water. If you’re looking for a more challenging route, try the Wheal Glynn Walk, which will take you past the old lead and silver mine of Wheal Glynn. Whichever route you take, keep an eye out for an array of wildlife, such as buzzards, kingfishers and deer.

Once you’ve explored the fantastic forest, refuel at the popular Woods Café. Offering delicious homemade food, it’s the perfect place to sit down and relax after your woodland walk. If the autumn sun is shining, there’s plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a picnic or a barbecue too.

Video sourced from Ben Kinsey-Jones

Trelissick Gardens

Set in a stunning country estate overlooking the Fal Estuary is Trelissick House, built in 1755 and filled with hundreds of years’ worth of fascinating history. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Holywell Bay Holiday Park, this house is surrounded by 300 acres of wonderful countryside, perfect for a woodland walk.

Trelissick Garden is the ideal place for any nature lover, as it’s home to a huge array of plant species. From camellias and rhododendrons to photinia and azaleas, you’ll see plenty of colourful autumn flowers when visiting the garden. As well as vibrant flowers, the grounds themselves include a range of hidden treasures to explore, such as a footbridge, a water tower, and log summer houses. Once you leave the beautiful gardens, you’ll be greeted by extensive trails through the nearby woodland, all of which are great for a family stroll. Many of the walking routes around Trelissick Gardens lead to stunning viewpoints over the Fal Estuary, so don’t forget your camera!

If you want to take some nature home with you, there’s a gardening centre on the grounds too, where you can buy your own beautiful flowers and plants. There’s also an art gallery and a second-hand book shop to discover whilst you’re there.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

Lerryn Wood

Said to have been the inspiration behind the famous children’s book ‘Wind in the Willows’, Lerryn Wood is a small, charming woodland close to the River Lerryn. Less than 30 minutes’ drive from Looe Bay Holiday Park, there are over 30 acres of woodland to explore, perfect for families and their four-legged friends.

A popular walk in the area is from Lerryn to St Winnow. Wander through the greenery, passing churchyards, fields and mills along the way. Once you’re close to St Winnow, the path drops down onto a pebble beach, which is a fantastic place to relax and watch the boats sail by. If you’re a fan of water sports, hop into a canoe or kayak at St Winnow and explore the Fowey River up close. Depending on the route you take, you’ll get the chance to see ancient shipwrecks and a variety of woodland wildlife.

Once you’ve explored the woodland, be sure to visit the village of Lerryn, a traditional Cornish village set on the banks of the River Fowey. Separated by the tidal creek, which exposes two sides to the village at low tide, you’ll find an array of quirky shops, traditional pubs and historic attractions where you can learn all about the area’s smuggling past.

Video sourced from HD Drone 4k

Tehidy Country Park

With over nine miles of paths and 250 acres of wonderful forest to explore, Tehidy Country Park is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. From lakes and wildlife to plants and flowers, it’s a fantastic place to visit, come rain or shine.

Less than 40 minutes’ drive from both Newquay Holiday Park and Crantock Beach Holiday Park, Tehidy Country Park has plenty of walking routes to discover. If you’re travelling with kids, there’s a circular walk that’s wonderful for an autumn wander. Running around the edge of the lake, this flat and easy route is all off-road, making it safe for children and our furry friends too. It will only take around 30 minutes to complete, and you might even get the chance to say hello to a few ducks along the way! Keep your eyes peeled for a 90-foot monument, which was built in memory of Sir Francis Basset, the Sheriff of Cornwall in 1836.

If you fancy a coastal stroll, explore the circular route from Tehidy Country Park to Deadman’s Cove. This easy five-mile walk will take you past a range of beautiful landscapes, as well as wildlife, such as swans, ducks and squirrels. If you follow the river through the woods, you’ll be greeted with clifftop views over the ocean.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

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