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Reasons to visit Cornwall this Autumn

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Reasons to experience Autumn in Cornwall

Posted: August 10, 2023

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As summer gently fades and the hues of Autumn settle on the land, we embrace a different side of Cornwall. It is a special time of year when the county takes a deep breath in and slows down – a great time to take advantage of a more relaxed atmosphere after the summer months. We are looking forward to the nights drawing in which makes cosying up around the woodburner a regular occurrence in one our our wonderful self-catering cottages in Porthleven.
There are many reasons to visit Porthleven this Autumn. Here are a few of them..

1. Quieter beaches

The most popular beaches are much quieter in Autumn and in October you may still encounter a few days warm enough for a dip in the ocean. Dogs are allowed back on the beaches from the 1st October. Our local beaches of Porthleven, Praa Sands, Perranuthnoe and Kynance Cove are fabulous for a visit in Autumn.


2. Entertainment and festivals

The Autumn months are anything but quiet when it comes to entertainment. There are are plenty of outdoor and indoor events for your to enjoy.

Porthleven Arts Festival – 5th – 8th October 2003

The Porthleven Arts Festival is an annual celebration of art in all its forms. It is now in its second year, offering visitors a full programme of events over a week in Porthleven.

St Ives September Festival – 9th – 23rd September 2023

Enjoy an incredible array of entertainment and interactive events in St Ives this September with music, arts, talks, poetry, exhibitions, films and street entertainment.


3. Stormy Weather

We usually enjoy lovely weather in Cornwall well into October. As we head into October and November there is always the possibility of a storm rolling in off the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacle that brings many from around Cornwall to see the waves in Porthleven.

Porthleven storm

4. Explore Cornwall’s cycle trails

Enjoy the Autumn weather by getting out on a bike to view Cornwall at a slower pace. Porthleven’s Ride-On offer electric and traditional bikes for hire and located conveniently in Porthleven’s Shipyard. Explore the many cycle trails nearby – Cycles trails

Ride-on bikes e bike hire in Porthleven

5. Walking holidays

A short stay is the perfect way to explore the coast path this Autumn. Stay at The Artist Loft En-suite rooms or take a three night or more break in one of our lovely self-catering cottages.

The South West Coast Path runs through Porthleven, so it is easy to take a walk to Loe Bar or Helston via the Penrose Estate. To the West the coast path heads towards the beautiful hamlet of Rinsey and further on to Praa Sands.

praa sands from rinsey

6. Enjoy Porthleven!

There is so much to do in Porthleven you need not leave for most of your stay!

Discover local cafe’s and restaurants on your doorstep. Try the Nauti-But-Ice for the perfect breakfast, Kota Kai or The Square for great food and The Ship Inn for a drink with picture perfect views over the harbour. The Porthleven Market is open in Autumn with local artists and makers displaying their wares. Try Shoals Brewery for a locally brewed pint and Ced’s Bagels for a lunchtime bite, both are located in the Porthleven Shipyard.

If a bit of adventure is what you are after, try standup paddleboarding or kayaking with the folks at Vertical Blue situated on the harbour. Or, you could take a fishing trip with Molly Mae Charters.


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