The best bluebell walks in Cornwall
27 February 2019
Nothing says “spring” like acres of woodland blooming with wildflowers and there’s no better place to see bluebells than in Cornwall. The county is usually one of the first places in the UK to see these beautiful flowers and during the next few weeks you’re likely to see the bluebell forests looking their best.
Here are 7 of the best places to see bluebells in Cornwall this spring.
Tehidy Country Park
Admission | Free
Tehidy is home to 250 acres of peaceful lakes and woodland criss-crossed with 9 miles of footpaths. In the North Cliff woodland, the strong, salty sea winds have stunted the trees and sculpted them into fascinating shapes. This area of the park is also the best place to see the bluebell displays from late April to early May.
Godolphin House and Gardens
Admission (gardens only) | Adults: £8.25, Children: £4.15, Family: £20.65
Godolphin is a 16th century estate that is home to a historic house and enchanting gardens. The manicured medieval gardens are the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon and the nearby woodland sees vast carpets of bluebells in the springtime. There’s also a fantastic tea room that serves the most delicious homemade cakes.
Lanhydrock House and Garden
Admission | Adults: £17.10, Children: £8.55, Family: £42.75
Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house and estate surrounded by beautiful gardens and ancient woodland. Visit the elegant country house, stroll amongst the colourful borders, and explore the riverside paths and parkland that are carpeted with bluebells. There’s even a guided bluebell walk on 27th April which includes a one-pot lunch in the restaurant – make sure you book your place online in advance.
Admission | Adults: £11.20, Children: £5.60, Family: £28.00
At Glendurgan Garden, you’ll find colourful collections of exotic plants and wildflowers that cover the sloping sides of the steep valley in spring. The garden leads down to the peaceful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River where you can watch the boats come in, paddle on the shoreline, and feel the sand between your toes.
Admission | Adults: £6, Children 6-16: £2, Seniors: £5, Students: £3
The Enys Estate is home to 30 acres of gardens and features beautiful open meadows, manicured flower gardens, and a historic pond complete with a waterwheel. There’s also plenty of enchanting woodland to explore. The gardens truly come to life in the springtime during the annual Bluebell Festival. This year’s festival takes place between 4th and 12th May – the gardens will be open every day from 11am to 5pm during this period.
Antony Woodland Garden
Admission | Single ticket: £7.00
Just a short ferry ride from Plymouth, the Antony Woodland Garden is one of Cornwall’s lesser known public gardens. Stretching over 100 acres along the River Lynher Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the garden features beautiful collections of plants, shrubs, and exotic trees. During the spring, the woodland floor is blooming with wildflowers and there are plenty of pretty paths steeped in history to explore.
Admission | Free
In addition to the 18th century manor house, lake, and acres of landscaped parklands, Clowance also boasts its very own bluebell woods. This peaceful, secluded woodland is the perfect place to enjoy a tranquil walk amongst the wildflowers in springtime. And, best of all, you can see vast carpets of bluebells in bloom without even leaving the estate!