5 Reasons To Visit Cornwall This Springtime

Spring is my favourite time of year in Cornwall; the days are drawing out, the sun is shining and everything is coming back to life after a long, cold winter - field after field filled with bright yellow daffodils, country lanes lined with primroses and daisies. Spring in Cornwall is also the 'calm before the storm' - a time when our beaches are quieter (but warm!), there's less traffic on the roads, and you can almost always get the best seats at seafront restaurants! If you are not limited to getting away during school holidays only, now really is one of the best times to visit - and here's what you can look forward to...

Trevone Bay, Padstow

BEAUTIFUL COASTAL WALKS

There is nothing quite as refreshing as walking along a coastal footpath, breathing in the fresh sea air and listening to the sounds of the waves on the shore below. Cornwall has over 300 miles of coastal footpath to enjoy - so don your walking boots, pack a map and a camera, and get out and about exploring some of the most beautiful land and seascapes this country has to offer. 

Flowers in Spring

 

GARDENS IN BLOOM

Not only are our fields and lanes alive with colour and scent at this time of year, so too are our many glorious gardens! My personal favourites are Trebah Garden at Mawnan Smith (perfect for a day out with the dog), the National Trust-owned Trelissick Garden near Feock (the views down to the River Fal are mesmerising) and The Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan (an excellent day out for all the family). 

Picnicking in style!

 

PICNICS

Maybe I am a little old-fashioned, but to me, a picnic is just a lovely way to spend time outdoors with friends and family - and in Cornwall, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the perfect picnic location! If, like me, your preferred view is that of the sea, then why not find yourself a little spot on the coastal footpath - or perhaps even on the beach? Or if the countryside is more your cup of tea, then why not head to somewhere like the Penrose Estate near Porthleven, or the beautiful Cardinham Woods near Bodmin? 

Koru Kayaking, St Agnes

 

KAYAKING

Whilst many people instantly think of trying out surfing when they visit Cornwall, kayaking can be just as exhilarating - or equally, a relaxing alternative, depending on where you choose to kayak. There are plenty of kayak tour operators in Cornwall who can take you out exploring the coast from a different point of view, or how about hiring a kayak and pootling along the calm, still waters of South Cornwall's creeks on your own?

Camel Cycle Trail

 

CYCLING

There are some fantastic cycle routes in Cornwall: the Coast to Coast Trail from Portreath to Devoran taking you through an important former mining landscape right down to the sea, the flat and traffic-free Camel Trail leading you along the picturesque Camel Estuary into Padstow, and plenty of other shorter routes all clearly signed so that you can make the most of the Cornish countryside.

Image credits to: Koru Kayaking

 

 

 
 

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