St Agnes Beacon
Take a walk to the highest point of Agnes Beacon for panoramic sea views that stretch from Newquay to Perranporth, Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth, and as far as Godrevy Lighthouse on a clear day and inland across to Bodmin Moor. Get those calf muscles working as you head up through the gorse and hedgerow-lined hills to the stone monument at the top, 630ft above sea level!
Colossal rocky formations and pointed stacks jut out of the Atlantic along this dramatic stretch of the Cornish coast. The story goes that a mythical giant called Bedruthan used these rocks as stepping stones to take a short cut across the bay, hence the name. Wrap up and hike this stunning coastline to truly appreciate it on foot, before warming up with a cream tea in the National Trust tea room.
Cornwall isn’t all about the coast… Travel inland to explore 250 acres of peaceful woodland and tranquil lakes at Tehidy Woods. Meander through the leafy glades or immerse yourself in the wilder flora and fauna, through miles of pathways and trails and immerse yourself in the magnificence of the autumnal hues at this time of year. Feed curious squirrels, ducks and swans, and see if you can spot the otter carvings at Otter Bridge!
Dog friendly (except in the wildlife areas) with a lovely café and picnic area available.
St Newlyn to Lappa Valley
Known for its steam railway, Lappa Valley is home to green valleys and picturesque Cornish countryside. Start your walk in the village of St Newlyn and amble along the amber-stained stream, over footbridges and along the old railway line to rustic pathways to find the ruins of East Wheal Rose, and the auburn tree-lined trails and wetlands beyond.
Spot the ancient fig tree by the village church, said to have been cursed by St Newlina, where anyone who dare pick a leaf will suffer!
Dog friendly (but watch for out for adders).
In addition to miles of gorgeous coastline and golden beaches, Newquay also offers an abundance of glorious plant life at Trenance Gardens, including trees and shrubbery in autumn shades from pale gold to burnt auburn. Sit a while and watch the local birdlife in the boating lake and admire the adorned walkways, footbridge and paths through the gardens.
Dog friendly, with Trenance Tea Room and Lakeside Café providing places to eat and drink; check for opening hours before visiting.