Sizzling September stays

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Cornwall is blessed with its own micro-climate which brings warm temperatures, hours of sunshine, and gentle breezes, well into the Autumn.

We have it on good authority that this September is going to be warmer and drier than average, so as the surge or tourists head home for a new term, it's the perfect time for couples and families with young children to make the most of Cornwall's empty beaches and quiet streets.

young family walking along beach Autumn

Here's our complete guide to a simple but special stay in Cornwall this September:

A breath of fresh air - things to do outdoors in Cornwall in September

Cycle the Pentewan Trail

Pentewan trail near Mevagissey

This flat 3 mile trail follows the route of an old railway line, so there's no danger of being beaten by steep hill climbs and rapid descents on your gentle bike ride. Follow the babbling St Austell River before diverting into the wooded part of the trail, where the historic trees meet overhead, wild flowers carpet the ground and rambling plants line the hedgerows.

Bring your own bikes or hire from the friendly team at Pentewan Cycle Hire - they even have tandems for brave couples or pull-along trailers for younger passengers with little legs.

Watch the sun set

If you're looking to share a memorable moment with someone special, then a sunset over the sea is hard to beat.

Cornwall sunset

Sunset times vary from around 8pm in early September to 7pm towards the end of the month. There are plenty of spots around the Cornish coast where you're unlikely to meet another soul, so you can sit on a headland and watch the dramatic skies darken in peace.

Paddle in the sea and search the rock pools

Cornwall's gentle south coast is lined with miles of sandy beaches, where you can kick off your shoes and wander along the shore as the waves gently lap around your ankles.

people paddling in the sea

There are also many beaches which reveal a treasure trove of rock pools at low tide - young children, closely supervised of course, will delight in uncovering starfish, crabs, prawns, sea anemones and even sea squirts in the shallow waters. (Take care when exploring rock pools and be aware of tide times as it's easy to lose track of time and get cut off by the tide).

Walk the coast path

We are so lucky to live in a part of the country where 290 miles of south west coast path is never more than 30 minutes away. From the rugged drama of the north coast to the more serene south coast, the views are simply breath-taking.

Cornwall coast path

Many stretches of the managed coastpath include picturesque harbours, welcoming tea shops and historic tin mines left over from the region's rich mining history. Channel your inner Demelza or Ross as you stand atop the vast outcrops, many of which provided the backdrop for the BBC's Poldark series.

Take a boat trip

Your Cornwall holiday in September isn't limited just to land - there are miles of clear blue sea to explore on boat.

boat trip cornwall

The warm waters are buzzing with marine life all year-round, from dolphins and seals playing in the bays to basking sharks, lobsters and the occasional whale cruising the deeper waters. Most of the local harbours offer sea trips with an experienced skipper, who can open up a whole new world of tales from the deep.

Some days you have to create your own sunshine - things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall in September

Discover Charlestown's underground tunnels

One of our favourite places, Charlestown is an historic fishing port, home to tall ships moored in its inner harbour. In the 21st Century, a network of tunnels was discovered below the granite quays that were used in the harbour's heydey to move china clay and tin for export.

Charlestown harbour near St Austell in Cornwall

For the first time in more than a Century, the tunnels are open for guided tours - book via the Shipwreck Treasure Museum and prepare yourself for a glimpse into the past of shipwrecks, sailors and lost treasure under the waves.

Take a dip in The Cornwall's infinity pool

Turn a dull day around with an invigorating swim in the award-winning infinity pool at The Cornwall Hotel.

inifinity pool at The Cornwall Hotel

Open daily for residents, the pool overlooks dense woodland and the ancient walled garden, with its brightly coloured flora and fauna, through floor to ceiling windows.

Indulge in a Cornish Cream Tea

You can't visit Cornwall without dining out on a traditional Cornish cream tea. For a perfect experience, your scone must be freshly baked, smothered in fruity strawberry jam and topped with Rodda's clotted cream.

Cornish cream tea at The Cornwall

The Cornwall Hotel serves cream teas and afternoon tea in the Laura Ashley Tea Room daily from 12noon - finish the experience off with a pot of freshly brewed Tregothnan Tea, grown and produced locally.

Take a tour of the Carnglaze Caverns

You won't believe your eyes as you step into the dark hole at the foot of this imposing hillside near Bodmin to discover a deep network of caves, underwater lakes and stalactites hanging from the ceiling.

underground cavern with stactites and stalagmites

Guided tours are available with the experts if booked in advance, where you will see the vast space for yourself. The caves are often cooler than the temperature outside so bring layers to avoid feeling the chill.

Embrace the water with a kayaking tour

If you wake up one morning of your holiday to grey skies, don't hide under the cover, embrace the water and head to the coast for a day of kayak adventures.

kayaking on the sea

The Porthpean Outdoor Activity Centre at Cornwall Outdoors, just a few minutes drive from The Cornwall Hotel, offers a great choice of water-based activities, from kayaking and paddle-boarding to coasteering and snorkeling.

September breaks in Cornwall

The Cornwall Hotel offers an ideal location for exploring Cornwall, and with a wide range of comfortable, spacious rooms and well-equipped lodges, there's something for everyone.


* Information correct at time of publication - please check individual locations and attractions for the latest opening times and availability.

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