We’re looking forward to the new Fal River Autumn Walking Festival, which runs between October 21 and November 6. Autumn is one of the best times of year to explore the countryside from the Roseland to Helford. Not only have the summer crowds departed, but the woodland is awash with colour.

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There’s a range of walks from dramatic cliff top paths to sheltered woodland trails and range in length and difficulty. Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll with plenty of time to savour the views, a more challenging full-day hike (or something in between), with over 40 walks to choose from, there’s sure to be something to suit you.

You can opt for a self-guided walk, or join one of the guided walks run by walkitcornwall, the RNLI or the National Trust to meet like-minded people and find out more about the area’s intriguing history. There are also some special interest walks, like the Falmouth History Walk, the Nordic Walk in Trelissick Woods, the Great Cornish Welly Walk (in aid of the RNLI).

And there’s even a Dog Lovers’ Walk, where you can meet other dog owners and your four-legged companion can make some friends of his own. Some of the guided walks will be run several times, so there’s plenty of opportunity to take part.

If you’re down in Cornwall for half term with active kids, this could be just the thing to burn off some of that excess energy. If you opt for a self guided walk, you can take it at your own place, with plenty of time for play – whether that’s a game of pooh sticks, sandcastle building or imaginary adventures in the woods. And the kids will have fun too.

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We’re delighted to be able to sponsor the Porthscatho for Lunch walk, which takes in some of the most stunning views on the Roseland peninsula. We love this area of Cornwall, and we’d encourage anyone who enjoys walking to try this, or any of the other walks. The only problem you might find is choosing…

To find out more, take a look at the interactive festival programme online, or pick up a printed guide from reception.

PS: Although we’re fully booked for half term, we’ve still got some cottages available from 28 October. Why not try our luxury eco-house, Lowen? With 25% off the regular price it could cost you less than you think… Or if you’ve got less time to spare, how about a short break?