Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
Spring has officially sprung in Cornwall, and over the last few weeks, beautiful bluebells have been peeping out from the soil, creating a purple blanket across woodlands, hillsides, hedgerows and fields.
The UK is home to about half the world’s population of bluebells, and these beautiful flowers only bloom once a year in late April/May and for a very short period of time.
You still have time to catch a glimpse of them during your stay at a classic cottage in Cornwall, and here are some of the best hotspots for bluebell sightings:
Godolphin Woods in the estate are one of the best places to see bluebells in Cornwall, and the paths are flat, making it easy to see the flowers. The woods are dog-friendly and there’s a little bridge and dog ramp, enabling access for everyone. There are bluebell trails and talks with guides so you can learn about these native flowers and the Spanish bluebells that threatens to take over with cross-breeding.
Tehidy Park is one of the largest woodland areas in Cornwall, spanning nine miles. Here, you’ll find paths and trails dotted with beautiful bluebells, and it’s a great place for kids and dogs. There’s also a cafe where you can enjoy a drink after a long walk.
This huge estate comes alive with colour during the bluebell season. The 30-acre gardens are home to the open meadow called Parc Lye, where you’ll find the vibrant scattering of bluebells, as well as ponds, a waterwheel and a flower garden. There’s a cafe with refreshments and you can visit the house on specific dates during events and craft fairs.
Millbrook woods are set in a deep coastal valley and surrounded by verdant meadows. The slopes are blanketed with the lavender bell-shaped flowers throughout May, and you’ll find an array of wildlife along the way such as otters and birds. Stop for a picnic in the tranquil surroundings and soak up the natural sights and sounds.
Lanhydrock estate is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy a bluebell walk. Home to a Victorian estate, gardens and woods, you can enjoy free guided walks, picnics in the gardens, a kids play area, and various exhibitions. Every year, there a bluebell walks through the woods with the head ranger where you’ll learn more about the flowers. There’s also a cafe, restaurant and gift shop.