Autumn Migration in Cornwall

Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Explore Nature
from £899pp £829pp

Discover the Autumn migration in Cornwall, as we explore estuaries for little egrets, coastal habitats for migrating seabirds, as well as other habitats such as marsh, healthland and woodland.

Holiday Highlights

  • Each day enjoy a leisurely walk with plenty of stops to see birds and wildlife
  • Our expert leader will guide you round the best sites
  • A relaxed and informative way of enjoying the great outdoors

What’s included

  • Full-board en-suite accommodation
  • Full programme of excursions and visits
  • All essential transport
  • Admissions to places of interest
  • Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests

Trip Notes

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You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

After a hearty breakfast, we head out to explore the coastal habitats of the fantastic Hayle Estuary and to watch for little egrets and other wading birds. We’ll then visit St Erth Pits before stopping for our tasty picnic lunch in the small village of Crowlas. We’ll then move on to the stunning RSPB reserve of Marazion Marsh, where we may catch a glimpse of the resident stonechat family. On our way back there may be an opportunity to stop in Penzance.

Land's End is famed for attracting migrant birds in spring and autumn, and particularly rarities. We’ll explore some of the sheltered valleys, where trees and bushes can survive on the otherwise exposed peninsula. The best known of these is Porthgwarra, where we search for migrant song birds, as well as checking gardens in the village. After a brief visit to Land's End we head off to the airfield near St Just, seeking waders, such as golden plover and pipits, attracted by the short turf. We may also visit the valley at Nanquidno, which is excellent for song birds, and had produced several American rarities over the years.

Armed with a delicious picnic lunch, we travel eastwards from Hayle, taking in a variety of bird habitats such as lagoons, marsh, coast, heathland and woodland. A full and rewarding day!

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

We enjoy a lovely morning sea-watching off The Island and looking for divers, grebes and gulls in St Ives bay. We spend a very enjoyable afternoon searching the Cot Valley and Kenidjack areas for migrant birds.

Last but not least… today we’ll be taking in a vast array of different habitats starting with Loggan’s Moor and the sandy dunes of Upton Towans. After scanning the waters of Stithians Reservoir for waders and wildfowl, we’ll head further south for signs of the elusive barn owl. To rough off this wonderful holiday, we’ll also be visiting the most Southerly point on mainland England – Lizard Point - where we may see some of those iconic choughs!

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there are a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential
  • A telescope (if you have one) and binoculars (essential)
  • Thermos flask (optional)
  • Recommended field guide (optional) - The New Mitchell Beazley Birdwatcher’s Pocket Guide

Guest Reviews

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Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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26 Oct - 02 Nov 2019 Itinerary £899 £829 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
7 nights
Explore Nature

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