Is it autumn yet?

Autumn russet bracken framing ST Michael's Mount in a blue sea

St Michael’s Mount from the coastal footpath near Perranuthnoe

Should we say it is autumn yet I wonder? Well this week summer blew Cornwall a parting kiss and delivered blues skies, warm seas and gorgeous sunshine to the days, as we drift between the meteorological* autumn and the autumn equinox* in the hinterland known as late summer.

These balmy late summer days are just perfect to walk along the tranquil coastal footpaths and soak up the sun on the empty beaches, so join me in this week’s blog to explore a secluded cove in the shadow of St Michael’s Mount and watch dusk fall over a fish supper in Marazion, as summer blows a parting kiss.

Is it autumn when the beach still calls?


Red shoes tamarisk and sand on a secluded beach

Locals look for a tranquil spot to kick off their shoes


Perranuthnoe big sandy beach is busy in the summer months but locals all have their favourite spots to visit around Perranuthnoe. Adopting a favourite cove, a favourite rock to sit beside and a favourite view in a sort of summer ritual amongst the locals; here they come to staunchly swim whatever the sea temperature in sensible black swimsuits, let their dogs take a dip, snorkel, kayak and fish.

“the sea birds hover and dive below the sparkling waters”

Between these visits if you sit quietly, the sea birds hover and dive below the sparkling waters, the red ochre cliffs glow against the vibrant blue skies and a seal will occasionally take a quizzical look form its salty perspective.


Autumn in a secluded cove between Perranuthnoe and Marazion

Marazion beyond a secluded cove


The cars tend to build up through Perranuthnoe’s streets through the summer and you’ll find them tucked in lay-bys and gateways stretching way up the hill from the beach.  The main sandy beach at Perranuthnoe is quite popular in the summer time of course with gently sloping sands dipping towards the sea and foodie cafes on the cliff above waiting to please.

“Reminiscent of a Mediterranean Camino”



I’d like to say we walked to “our” cove this summer but alas Charles’s knee is wearing out fast these days, so we bumped along an unmade track, reminiscent of a Mediterranean Camino, to a tiny car park above a cove and tucked Priscilla Peugeot in the shade of the Tamarisk while we took a daily dip and yes I have bought a sensible black swimsuit!


Autumn jaunts – Explore Cornwall on a bike perhaps?

Two bicycles above empty beach at low tide


Two bikes, two people gazing out to sea

I have to show you this idyllic scene I spotted on the way to supper (provided I’m not the one doing the bicycling of course!) as we wandered down from the Square in Marazion, we took a detour through an alleyway to the sea and I spotted these two bicycles casually propped against the railings and I wondered if the couple sitting on the wall gazing at the Mount were there owners.

What a lovely way to explore Cornwall! Bikes and off road tours are available from Penzance Bike Hire


Autumn treat and an al Fresco Supper beside the sea

Seafood platter al fresco and Mount

We shared a seafood platter on the terrace of the Godolphin Arms this September


We finished our perfect day,  a day lent from summer, by sharing a seafood platter on the Godolphin Arms terrace overlooking St Michael’s Mount as dusk settled over Mounts Bay with the causeway snaking across the empty sands of low tide.


St Michael's Mount at low tide in the autumn dusk


A perfect end to day for us and I have lots more Restaurants to recommend in my “Little black Book” for my guests too of course.


Good bye to summer and hello to autumn?


Will summer linger for longer or was this the parting kiss of glorious days – well as we’ve enjoyed idyllic days of Indian summer on Sennen Beach in many years I’ve a feeling we have a little more sunshine to come in the autumn of our summer.

When Is Autumn?

*The Meteorological autumn starts on the first of September as a convenient way to divide the season into four equal parts. The Autumn equinox is dictated by the sun’s journey around the earth.

Photographer on an empty beach at sunset

We watched a lone photographer in the dusk from our table on the terrace at the Godolphin Arms


There’s still time to book an autumn break!

P.S If you subscribe to our newsletter you will have seen the details of our special autumn breaks  for the season to come and I do believe that high pressure is set to return bringing some more sunshine!

About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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