Swathes of breathtaking blue as far as the eye can see… It’s little wonder so many people get excited about bluebell season in Cornwall. The first time you see a field full of bluebells is a moment you’ll never forget. These delicate plants, with their long, slender stems and distinctive bell-shaped flowers are transformed into something else entirely when you see them en masse; the colour is so arresting that it has an almost hypnotic effect.
Late April and early May are usually the best times to see the bluebells in all their glory. Visit Cornwall have captured the magic of bluebell season in Cornwall in this short video filmed at Tehidy Country Park and Enys Gardens:
And what could be better than a traditional Cornish cream tea to top it all off?
Top 5 dog friendly bluebell walks in Cornwall
Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive gardens and woodland walks. There’s an excellent cafe serving local seasonal produce as well as pasties and cream teas. Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens and woods.
2. Tehidy Country Park
Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall with over 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore – great for kids and dogs. The North Cliffs area is the best place for bluebell spotting (park at the North Cliff car park, just off the B3301 coast road between Hayle and Portreath). The café’s open all day, 7 days a week and serves lunch and a variety of freshly made cakes and treats.
3. Cowlands Creek, Coombe and Halwyn Tea Garden (near Truro)
This is a delightful walk in the spring, taking you through bluebell-strewn woods to the wonderful Halwyn Tea Garden where you can choose from a range of delicious home-made cakes or opt for a fresh scone with jam and cream. Park at Cowlands Creek and take the little footpath from the head of the creek downstream to Coombe. The walk leads through a stand of old Kea plum trees which are part of an ancient orchard. Kea plums are delicious – like a damson but sweeter. When you reach Coombe, take the footpath to Halwyn Quay and Halwyn Tea Garden – a real, old-fashioned tea garden on the banks of the River Fal.
4. Enys Gardens, Penryn (near Falmouth)
The estate has been owned by the Enys family since the 13th century and is renowned for its annual spectacular bluebell display. The gardens are usually open on Tuesday, Thursday and selected Sunday afternoons. During the Enys Bluebell Festival (Saturday 30 April – Saturday 7 May 2016) the gardens are open every day between 10am and 5pm. Dogs on leads are welcome at Enys.
5. Trelissick Garden (between Truro and Falmouth)
Trelissick is wonderful place to relax and explore at and time of the year. Enjoy exploring the maze of paths around the garden or park in the National Trust car park and take a stroll along the woodland walk down to Roundwood Quay for wonderful views across the River Fal. Dogs are welcome on the woodland walk, and National Trust café is a great place to stop and relax with tea and scones after you’ve stretched your legs.
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