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Under the acer trees | © Alistair Campbell/Flickr
Under the acer trees | © Alistair Campbell/Flickr

The Most Beautiful Places to See Autumn Leaves in Cornwall

Picture of Lauren Williams
Freelance Travel Journalist
Updated: 1 November 2017

You don’t need to travel to New England to see gorgeous autumn colours. In fact, all you really need to do is travel south to Cornwall. With thick woodlands and manicured gardens, wild moorland and rugged coasts, there are plenty of places to see everyone’s favourite season in full swing in the Duchy.

Tehidy Country Park 

Tehidy Country Park is the largest area of woodland in the whole of west Cornwall and has a whopping 250 acres to explore. This leafy wonderland turns from green to orange to red and offers miles of walking through an autumnal paradise. There’s also a great café on site, as well as squirrels which are so friendly they’ll run up your legs.

Tehidy Country Park, Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 300 123 4202

Trerice Gardens 

Autumn at Trerice is a wonderful thing; the leaves are crisp and burn bright against the blue sky, there are apples to be picked and given to the onsite kitchen to bake into cakes, and there are loads of autumnal activities to get stuck into. This Elizabethan manor is more than meets the eye. In autumn, the garden is a lovely place to hang out and enjoy the late sunshine.

Trerice, Kestle Mill, Cornwall, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 163 787 5404

Madron Moor

Madron Moor is a wild and forgotten corner of Cornwall where you can discover stone circles and Neolithic settlements, abandoned mine shafts and tall engine houses. Between the footpaths, the moor is mostly bracken which turns the colour of embers in autumn. This stretches all the way from the back of the village of Madron and drops off the cliffs when it finally meets the coast.

Madron Moor, Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Bodmin Moor 

Bodmin Moor is much larger and much better known than Madron Moor, and its tors and wilds are bigger and rougher, too. Bodmin covers 200 square kilometres and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers panoramic views across Cornwall from the highest point, Brown Willy. Go for a stomp, take in the autumnal colours of the moorland and watch the mists roll from rocky outcrop to rocky outcrop.

Trengwainton Garden 

Trengwainton Garden sits on the edge of Madron Moor, near Penzance. The garden is protected by a wall of beech trees around the edge, which help maintain the subtropical climate inside. During autumn, the trees turn from green to yellow and eventually to a deep rust colour. There are acers that blaze red as you first enter the garden and a whole maze of woodland walks to duck through and eventually end up at the top of the hill overlooking the sea and St Michael’s Mount.

Trengwainton Garden, Madron, Cornwall, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 173 636 6148

Glendurgan Garden 

Glendurgan isn’t just a beautiful garden to amble around and marvel at the autumn colours, but it is also home to a whole host of unusual and rare trees that come to life in the waning of the seasons. The garden’s Katsura tree, which is from Japan, turns a lovely golden orange during autumn and gives off a sweet candy floss scent.

Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 132 625 2020

Lanhydrock 

Lanhydrock can always be trusted to bust out some pretty outstanding autumnal colours, and with acers, azaleas and magnolias turning to fiery reds as the seasons change, it’s easy to see why. Stroll through the higher woodlands above the manor for beech trees, Parrotia, tulip trees and Cornus alba in full autumnal plumage.

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 120 826 5950