Callestock Blog

23 Mar

Bluebell walks in Cornwall

There's something magical about wandering through carpets of soft, fragrant bluebells, with the sun twinkling through the leaves and the birds singing in the trees. There are plenty of fantastic places in Cornwall that we love to visit in the Spring to catch the bluebells at their very best.

If you promise not to tell anyone, we'll share some of our favourites here so you can enjoy them next time you're in the county in the Spring. Promise?

bluebell woodland

Okay. Here are our five very finest bluebell walks in Cornwall.

Enys Gardens, Penryn

With 30 acres of mature and beautiful gardens to explore, there's more than just bluebells to this 13th Century property (click the image below to visit their website - opens in a new window).

Enys Gardens website

There is a large flower garden, open meadow and ponds with a working waterwheel, perfect for a peaceful weekend wander. The gardens are close to Falmouth, which is Europe's deepest working harbour, so after you've had your fill of bluebells, head into the town and explore the vibrant waterfront, with its mix of cafes, shops and restaurants.

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Caerhays, near Mevagissey

Caerhays Estate sits in 140 acres of rambling woodland gardens, overlooking a stunning beach near Mevagissey on the South coast of Cornwall. It's one of the county's hidden gems, with a nationally-renowned collection of magnolia trees and extensive Spring flower display.

Caerhays Castle websiteYou can book a guided walk around the grounds with one of the head gardeners to hear how the gardens have evolved over time and how they're cared for, while also viewing the carpet of bluebells and mature Spring-flowering shrubs.

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Glendurgan Garden, near Falmouth

This is a National Trust property, with Spring wildflowers growing thickly throughout the three sheltered valleys that make up the gardens. After the primroses, daffodils and wild violets make their appearance in early Spring, they are replaced with vibrant bluebells in May (click below to read the full article on Gelndurgan's website - opens in a new window).

Glendurgan website

This carpet of colour extends along the paths and through the trees, with benches and seating dotted strategically, providing plenty of opportunity for peaceful relaxation. If you're looking for a bit of a challenge after your bluebell walk, try and solve the giant living cherry laurel maze to reach the thatched Summerhouse in the middle.

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Lanhydrock, near Bodmin

Book a guided walk around this magnificent estate and its ancient woodlands before exploring the nooks and crannies of the late Victorian country house.

Lanhydrock bluebells Facebook post

The grounds cover 1,000 acres, so there's plenty of parkland and riverside paths where, if you're lucky, you can spot otters and kingfishers. The bluebells are out in all their glory from late April through until May.

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Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith

Trebah is a stunning Cornish valley garden, leading down to its very own private beach on the Helford River. The bluebells are one of the highlights of the year, carpeting areas of the garden, growing alongside clumps of intoxicating wild garlic.

Trebah ranks among the finest gardens in the world, so it attracts crowds of visitors all year-round - but its size means it still feels spacious and peaceful.

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We absolutely love this time of year - the grey days of Winter are left behind and the colourful petals of daffodils, bluebells and crocuses appear in the hedgerows, gardens and parks. We'd love to welcome you to Callestock this Spring - our converted barns and traditional cottages provide a warm welcome, a comfortable bed and a fresh cream tea on arrival.

Hope to see you here soon.

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