Impressions of this springtime in Cornwall

Spring bluebells surrounding ancient stone circleSpring days are almost behind us now and I thought now was a good time to look back over these heady days as the Cornish lanes fill with wild flowers and the hedgerows are full of blossom; at the Cornish cliffs decked with sea thrift, with the fabulous vanilla scent of the gorse drifting through the air laced with the tang of sea salt; to remember the ancient stone circles, revealed again this spring, ever enigmatic. within clouds of blue bells and lastly the old engine houses lovingly preserved relics of the Cornish mine industry shrouded now by verdant green, as nature reclaim its own once more from the industrial landscape of the past.


Sea pinks and sea shores

spring impression - walking the coastal footpath

The heady scent of spring flowers drift through the air along the coastal footpath

The Cornish cliffs are never more beautiful than when the rugged granite is gently softened by the tumble of spring flowers. Each year it is a lasting impression of spring to walk to the coastal footpath under scented tunnels of Hawthorn and May trees and find the subtly beautiful sea pinks dancing in the breeze once more and hint of the peaceful days of summer to come.

Spring Wildflowers silhouette against blue seas

The South West Coastal footpath

Explore the wonderful costal on the South West Coastal path to discover the real joy of the coast and slowly soak up the atmosphere of the landscape. The coastal footpath stretches for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset through Devon and Cornwall and back to pool in Dorset


Read more about the South West Coastal Footpath: –


Stone circles in the spring

bluebells surround a cornish stone circle in springtime

The walk across the heathland along a path decked with bluebells was lovely to see Boscawen-un Circle

Oh how impressions of the Cornish countryside change with the seasons and this spring I visited Boscawen-un once more and found the path across the moors lined with bluebells and the stones almost appearing to dance in a fairy glade wild flowers – quite a contrast to my last visit on a mellow autumn day.

Stoen circle viewed fro heathland

Boscawen-un stone circle would have originally been set in open land but nestles now in the surrounding farmland

Cornish mines and Engine houses


Sometimes as you drive or walk around the lanes and paths of Cornwall a mellow old building may catch your eye haunting the landscape with a half remembered occupation.

All that can be seen now (above the ground at least) of the tin and copper Mines that brought prosperity to Cornwall is the last of the Engine Houses often lovingly preserved and half hidden by a veil of trees or stark reminders along the Cornish cliffs. The Crowns Engine houses at are particularly beautiful to visit.


Mines to visit


Visit Geevor Formally North Levant Mine, one of the last working tin Mines in Cornwall to close with UNESCO World Heritage site status set high on the Cornish cliffs.

Address: – Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen. Nr Penzance, Cornwall. TR19 7EW

Opening times: – Sunday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00pm

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Levant Beam engine

This is the last steam driven Beam engine in working condition in the world set in an evocative post industrial landscape.

The historic Beam Engine remained in situate until rediscovered and restored by enthusiasts who called themselves “The greasy rag gang” before being given to the National trust.

Address: – Levant Road, Pendeen nr Penzance Cornwall TR19 7SX

Opening Times: – Open daily 10.30 – 5.00 pm

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Poldark Mine

Visit the underground tunnels of an

Address: – Poldark Mine, Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ES

Opening Times: – Slightly more complex as the tours are escorted – check here for times

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Springtime in the Cornish lanes


Deep pink flower - whistling jack - naturalised in cornish lanes

The heady deep pink Whistling Jacks or Gladiolus communis subsp. Byzantium (I’ve got to admit I looked that up!)


The Cornish lanes have been beautiful this year decked with primroses and bluebells in the early spring until subtly enfolded with foxgloves and Campion as the season progressed.

This year after our mild winter, the bright dark pink flashes of the “Whistling Jacks” Gladiolus communis subsp. Byzantium  that need a frost free winter to thrive, have fascinated our garden loving visitors. They have spread from the sheltered flower fields that used to send blooms to London long ago  and now they have escaped to colonise  the frost free far west of Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly.

Verdatns shadows on a cornish lane

Danni and Dolly enjoying the spring – photo credit Niki Groves

A final goodbye to spring as summer is here – probably!

Sea pinks in front of St Michael's Mount in springtime

We visited Marazion one evening and watched the causeway at low tide beyond a garden planted with sea pinks


As June arrives along with the debate about between the meteorological and astronomical date for the first day of summer, I can only say we either have a few languid last days of spring to relish or have slid happily into the first days of summer ….I’ll leave you to decide!


About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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