Explore Cornwall on foot with the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

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As September rolls into October, it can only mean one thing… it’s time to dig your walking boots out ready for Cornwall’s Fal River Autumn Walking Festival. Now in its third year, the festival has quickly become one of the UK’s biggest (and dare we say best) walking festivals.

We’re delighted to be able to sponsor the festival again this year, and we can’t wait to get out there and do some of our favourite walks as well as trying out some new ones.

The festival, which runs from 18 October – 3 November is a celebration of the area surrounding the Fal river. The best way to get the most out of this truly diverse corner of Cornwall is on foot. There’s a mix of guided and self-guided walks. Discover a different side to Truro with a town-based walk, seek out the hidden corners of the Roseland or simply marvel the beauty of the Helford. The choice is yours…

All the walks are graded for difficulty, so you know what you’re letting yourself in for. Whether you’re after a relaxing afternoon stroll or a more challenging all-day hike, you’ll find a walk to suit. And there are also family friendly and dog friendly walks, so you can enjoy Cornwall in its autumnal glory all together.

The guided walks are a great way to find out more about a particular place, even if it’s somewhere you’ve been before. A little local knowledge can sometimes make all the difference, and the walk guides have got plenty to share. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and spot some of Cornwall’s wildlife.


For a taste of what the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival is all about, take a look at their gallery of walking in Cornwall, which includes images from last year’s festival.

Car-free walking holidays

If you’re planning on leaving the car at home or getting out and about without it once you’re down in Cornwall, it’s worth getting a Fal Mussel Card, which will give you unlimited travel on all the ferries, buses and trains that link the Fal River area.

October availability and short breaks

Tempted? If you fancy treating yourself to a week away or coming down to Cornwall for a long weekend, we’ve still got availability in some of our cottages in October and November and we have a current special offer of 1 night free – see our special offers page for details.

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