At this time of year the turning of the seasons heralds the arrival of one of our most enigmatic native flowers – the bluebell.
It can be easy to take this little plant for granted when it is such a common sight in our gardens, hedgerows and parks, but after a long and dark winter what better way to celebrate the arrival of the sunny (hopefully) summer months than a day out to take in these little indigo beauties!
So, get your family together and check out myCornwall’s guide to some of the best, and prettiest, places to view these little beauties.
Enys Gardens, Penryn
As mentioned in our Top 10 Places in April, Enys Garden is an amazing place to view bluebells. With untouched parkland, a charming cafe and a fascinating history room, Enys Garden is a perfect day out for the entire family – dogs on leads included.
The Enys Bluebell Festival starts 29th April. http://www.enysgardens.org.uk/
Godolphin House, Helston
This 700 year old estate is tucked away in rolling countryside just a few miles from the thriving community of Helston. Owned by the National Trust this year their bluebell festival starts on April 17th and there are acres of peaceful woodland to explore and enjoy the carpet of flowers beneath the shady ancient trees.
Pencarrow House, Bodmin
The gardens here combination formal landscaping with natural woodland and in the spring there is a dazzling display of more than 600 varieties of camellias and rhododendrons in bloom. But one of the gardens best known attractions are the bluebells and wild garlic that simply carpet the woodland throughout spring. There is free parking here and dogs are welcome too.
Antony Woodland, Torpoint
Picked as the setting for Tim Burton’s fantastical reboot of the Alice in Wonderland franchise, these houses and gardens will thrill all film buffs alike. Here in spring, a shaded area of trees known as the Cathedral becomes the stuff of daydreams where enchanting swathes of bluebells and wild garlic cover the ground, appealing to all your senses.
With around 250 acres of woodlands and miles of footpaths to explore, Tehidy is one of the largest area of woodland in Cornwall. Underneath the canopy of established native trees, a whole variety of woodland plants and animals thrive and when the bluebells appear the scene becomes even more magical. This is a great natural playground for the young and the not so young to discover!