Coastal walks, surfing and the power of Poldark – it’s time for an autumn getaway to Cornwall
Autumn may well be the best time to explore Cornwall. The summer crowds have subsided; a much warmer sea, and the return of the Atlantic swells create perfect conditions for learning to surf. And, of course, BBC drama Poldark is back on our TV screens.
What’s more, Irish visitors are now getting more pound for their euro, plus many Irish schools will have their October mid-term break when the UK schools have finished theirs, leaving a variety of good deals on offer for families looking for a child-friendly break!
With Aer Lingus Regional flights from Dublin to Cornwall Airport Newquay running year-round, getting there could not be quicker or easier.
Here is a round up some of the some of the best Autumnal breaks in Cornwall…
BEST FOR WILD WALKERS
Walking break in Newquay with The Headland Hotel & Spa
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to discover the South West Coast Path, with its beautiful coastline and sheltered coves. It’s also the perfect time to spot the famous ‘Cribbar.’ Unique to Newquay, the rarely-seen reef surf break can reach heady heights of 20-25ft (over 8m). The Muddy Boots Walking Break costs from €100 pp per night (based on two sharing) including breakfast each morning, a picnic with a flask of coffee, a three-course dinner, access to the hotel’s walking guides and use of the spa facilities. Valid 4 September – 25 November. Minimum two-night stay applies.
BEST FOR HISTORY (AND POLDARK) BUFFS
Poldark country with Aspects Holidays
This autumn, why not explore some of the soul-stirring settings featured in BBC drama Poldark? The scenic stretch of coastline linking Botallack and Levant continues to be a popular Poldark filming location owing to its rich mining heritage. Stay at Pleasant Cottage (sleeps five) in the heart of St. Just, a traditional Cornish village with a rich history of mining, fishing and farming. A week’s stay this autumn costs from €480.
Another top Poldark spot is Church Cove, Gunwalloe, on The Lizard peninsula – the country’s most southern tip – which you’ll recognise as the setting for Aidan Turner’s dramatic late-night shipwreck scene. Neighbouring Dollar Cove has a similar past, named after the silver coins that washed ashore when ships met their fate on the rocks. Stay at Condurrow Cottage (sleeps six) a 17th century, characterful Cornish cottage close to the Helford River. A week’s stay this autumn costs from €565 with Aspects Holidays aspects-holidays.co.uk
BEST FOR FOODIES
Learn to forage with the Wild Food School
Cornwall is renowned for its vibrant food and drink scene. It is home to numerous Michelin starred chefs, as well as a source of great food produce and wineries. Did you know that Britain has 160 plus native and indigenous edible wild plants? Get back to nature and forage in the hedgerows of Cornwall at the Wild Food School,based in the picturesque town of Lostwithiel. Learn from Marcus Harrison, a UK authority and specialist on wild foods, how to identify and safely prepare and cook edible wild plants. Introductory and day foraging courses start from €35.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Hand feed foxes at Gwen Al Mor
Stay in a stunning pine lodge, many with their own private hot tub, just a stroll from one of Cornwall’s beautiful sandy beaches. Gwel An Mor offers family friendly self-catering accommodation with five star facilities including indoor pool, play centre and spa. But the thing that really sets it apart from anywhere else is Fealdon Farm, the only wildlife conversation centre of its kind in Europe. Here you can go on guided nightime wildlife walks, badger watching or hand feed their friendly foxes.
A week in a self-catering lodge, sleeping 4-5, starts from €610, for the week commencing 29th October 2016. Book now at www.gwelanmor.com
BEST FOR ADRENALIN JUNKIES
Surf’s up in St Ives with Aspects Holidays
Learn to surf with trained instructors on Porthmeor Beach (a blue-flag beach) with St Ives Surf School or take a boat to Seal Island and visit a rocky outcrop near Zennor, home to a colony of Grey Atlantic Seals, which often swim up to the boat inquisitively. Make the most of these activities and stay at Beach Break House (sleeps six), just five minutes’ walk to Porthmeor Beach, famed for its surf. A week’s stay during October costs from €785.
Cornwall Airport Newquay
Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) offers year-round flights to and from Dublin with Aer Lingus Regional – ideal for both business and leisure passengers. Cornwall Airport Limited (CAL) is 100% owned by Cornwall Council and is the operator of Cornwall Airport Newquay. Passenger numbers at the airport continue to grow and the total in 2015 was over 250,000 – the second year of double digit growth. The passenger forecast for 2016 is 380,000.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, operates flights from Dublin to Newquay up to 4 times weekly in Winter 16. Prices start at €29.99 one way including taxes and charges. See aerlingus.com for details. Seeaerlingus.com for detail.