A favourite British holiday destination, the rugged, romantic coasts of Cornwall are synonymous with surfing, pasties and Poldark. With the summer crowds at bay, discover the finest gardens, coastal walks and seasonal seafood celebrations on the Roseland Peninsula this autumn from The Idle Rocks in St Mawes with three walks suitable for all abilities.
Walks for Wellies, approximately 3 miles
Situated in the charming port town of St Mawes on the sea front, The Idle Rocks is an idyllic starting point from which to explore the many walking trails in the area. October’s cooler temperatures and active fishing scenes make for pleasant and picturesque walks through woodland, farmland, sea and quay. Start with the shorter trail up the coastal pathway to Bohortha hamlet and return through woodland along the Fal estuary.
Walks for History lovers, approximately 4 miles
This double loop walk will take you through the ages of the region’s history as you pass a Bronze Age barrow, views across St Agness Beacon, an Iron Age earthwork and a Second Wold War decoy bunker. The finale is breath-taking views from the tip of Nare Head, from the South West Coast Path.
Walks for Foodies, approximately 7 miles
The Oyster Way starts in St Mawes and continues to St Just Church, heading onto King Harry Reach along the Fal, the last remaining oyster fishery in Europe still dredged by sail and oar. Glimpse some of the action at the four-day Oyster Festival, 10–13 October, which marks the start of the dredging season. Tuck into some local oysters and enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and the many food and craft stalls. The mineral rich water is what gives Cornish oysters their unique taste.
Rooms at The Idle Rocks start from £200 per night, including full Cornish breakfast. For bookings call 01326 270 270 or visit idlerocks.com. Accessible via Truro Train Station, Cornwall Newquay Airport as well as by road.
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