Springtime in Cornwall is a breath-taking and uplifting experience. As the harsh winter finally bids us farewell, gardens, hedgerows and fields begin to ignite into a blaze of colour.
After the cold, dark winter months are finally behind us for another year, lighter mornings and evenings motivate us to enjoy the great outdoors. Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the awe-inspiring Cornish landscape!
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Spring officially starts on Wednesday 20th March this year, and it will be a welcome arrival after the cold and windy weather. The hills, valleys and coastline will be a kaleidoscope of colour, as spring breathes new life into beautiful Cornwall.
The majority of holidaymakers arrive during half-term, or for the summer holidays, so by visiting out-of-season, it won’t be as busy. For local residents too, spring is a time when they can truly appreciate their surroundings, without the hustle and bustle of hundreds of visitors.
Cornwall’s coastal path in spring should be on everyone’s bucket list. While you can walk it at any time of year, it can be too cold and wet in the winter and too busy in the summer.
Quiet countryside paths and bridleways boast an abundance of flowers including bright yellow buttercups, purple orchids, roses, foxgloves, primroses, violets, daffodils, camellias, snowdrops, magnolia and many more.
The giant cliffs overlooking the sea unfold over leafy pathways that ramble along estuaries, with stunning views of a seemingly endless horizon along Cornwall’s 296 miles of coastline.
Some of the best walks include the 3.5-mile walk from St Agnes to Perranporth, which starts at the Driftwood Spars and ascends up the path to the cliff tops, where you’ll find breath-taking views over Trevaunance Cove.
For those seeking some olde worlde Cornwall, set off from the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, join the South West Coast Path and follow it under the canopies of trees to the cliff tops, roam through the fields and meander around the Carn Du headland into Lamorna Cove.
Indeed, Cornwall is a walkers’ paradise. There are plenty of welcoming public houses en route and you can guarantee you’ll find some tasty local cuisine too. What about a pasty?
From castles to mining, Cornwall has an incredibly rich heritage. If you’re a National Trust member, this county is one of the finest places to visit in the spring. The Trust owns some of the region’s finest country estates and stately homes, and it manages areas of natural coastline and rural beauty.
The local Cornwall Heritage Trust owns and manages numerous heritage sites, including the 90ft high, 670ft long, 19th-century Treffry Viaduct – a link to Cornwall’s industrial heritage. The ancient Castle an Dinas is a fine example of an iron age Celtic hill fort.
Marvel at Poldark’s World Heritage Mining (made famous by the popular television series), or visit the 13th-century dovecote, Trevanion Culverhouse – one of only four surviving examples.
Dupath Well is a granite-built well house dating from around 1500, and the famous Hurler Stone Circles is part of a collection of remains on Bodmin Moor, dating from the early Bronze Age.
Spring in the Cornish countryside welcomes a chorus of birdsong, accompanied by the harmonising buzz of insects busying themselves around the lush green hedgerows. A truly welcome sight, woodlands and meadows are a wash of vibrant blue, as the majestic bluebells stir from a deep sleep.
Migratory birds will be homeward bound, and they will be joined by some exotic visitors, including colourful butterflies and dragonflies. Spring is also a great time to spot some fascinating marine life, such as dolphins, porpoises and grey seals – in early spring, you may even be lucky enough to see seal pups at Mutton Cove, near Godrevy.
Spring flower shows, art exhibitions, walking events, the World Pasty Championships, Flora Day, Trevithick Day, May Day and St Piran’s Day are just a few of the activities on the packed Cornish calendar.
Outdoor theatre companies stage productions in places such as The Minack, Pentillie Castle, Penlee Park and Trebah Garden, to name but a few.
Spring is an enchanting time to enjoy Cornwall’s legendary attractions and historic sites, so as winter bids farewell, it’s time to get out and about in this most rewarding region.
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