While holidaying in summer might make for sunny beach days and picture-perfect towns humming with summer crowds, there’s a lot to be said about holidaying in the autumn instead. The school holiday crowds have gone, the weather is decent for a few more months and there is still plenty to do and see. Here’s our Bucket List for a fun-filled autumn holiday.
Take a walk
Take advantage of those days where it isn't raining and head out for an embracing walk. Whether it is a coastal or a woodland walk your surroundings will make you feel free and so much happier. Not to mention all the colourful leaves on the floor that you get to shuffle through, just don't forget to wear your wellie boots! Check out or five best Cornwall dog walks for some Cornish inspiration. Tehidy Woods is the largest in West Cornwall and boasts over 250 acres of woodland and 9 miles of pathways, so there is plenty to keep keen amblers busy. In Sussex why not head to Ashdown Forest, the home of Winne the Pooh. If you find the bridge, playing Pooh Sticks is a must and great fun for all. In Pembrokeshire there are 186 miles of coast path for you to explore with bracing views all the way. Of course a walk isn't complete without a steaming cup of tea, or something stronger, and a wedge of cake. To see which benches we recommend for a pit stop, take a look at our top ten favourite benches blog.
Tuck into a roast
If there’s one thing we love about the return of colder weather, it’s got to be the excuse for a roast dinner with all the trimmings. And how better to enjoy such a feast than with a coastal view to boot? There are so many cosy pubs, plenty of them serving up a roast on the coast. If it’s sweeping views over the Atlantic you’re after, look no further than The Fort Inn in Newquay which does an epic Sunday carvery. On the Isle of Wight, Fisherman's Cottage in Shanklin is place to go, as is The Smugglers Inn near Dawlish in Devon, both serving up a feast with amazing views. After more inspiration? Here are some more excellent spots for a Cornish roast dinner.
Walk your dog on the beach
Pooches up and down the county rejoice the end of summer as it means on thing and one thing only to them: more beaches! Between Easter Sunday and September 30th some of the country's top beaches operate a doggy ban, so autumn marks the return of wagging tails and sandy snouts aplenty. If you happen to be visiting from October onward, you’ll be able to visit the likes of Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Cornwall or the Lyme Regis front beach in Dorset. Leads at the ready!
Sit and storm watch
Our coastlines are known for their dramatic storm watching opportunities thanks to the rugged coastlines. Cornwall in particular has some spectacular spots. Porthleven in west Cornwall is known for its huge storms and you'll often see the town on winter weather reports. Check out Porthgain in Pembrokeshire for more awesome waves coming into the harbour. There are plenty of other gems but whatever you do, watch from a safe distance. The best way to enjoy them? Snuggled up with a hot chocolate, preferably in front of a roaring fire, in a dreamy holiday cottage on the coast.
And what better way to enjoy the day after a storm than by heading out on a decent beach combing session? Hit the nearest beach and see what treasures you can find. Perhaps you’ll find lashings of pretty seaglass, hunks of driftwood or even literal treasure. Dollar Cove in Cornwall, which is named after a Spanish ship that was lost nearby and was said to be carrying two tonnes of coins. The coins from the wreck are said to still wash up after big storms. Photo credit: Ama Strachan