Springtime in Cornwall is a very special time, vibrant and alive with the power of the season.
Springtime and time to refresh
Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in Cornwall or maybe you are taking a leisurely break here? Well now is a perfect time to explore those hidden coves, enjoy local seafood on pavement bistro or delve into a new skill to start the year refreshed.
Pictured opposite Local seafood tapas al fresco at Mackerel Sky in Newlyn
The very nature of the Cornish countryside encircled by the sea with only a tenuous link to the mainland makes Cornwall a land apart.
In Cornwall, the potent pull of the ancient Celtic places is never far away from the sophistication of the chic Art galleries and gastro pubs and bistros.
A very special Cornish spring
And in the springtime in Cornwall the raw power of nature changes to a delicate caress and haze of new spring growth settles as gently as fairy dust. The winter seas that lashed the cliffs, so powerfully in the wintertime from their green depths, now gently settles in springtime to an idle lap on the coves, wearing an innocent shade of Mediterranean blue.
Beaches to explore once more in springtime
With the spring the first beach combers venture to the shore and the families return to picnic upon the great swathes of sandy beaches. Follow my tips in the Great bays of West Cornwall or put on your walking boot to search out the hidden coves and secret beaches. Ice cream on tap or the haunting call of the seabirds? The choice is yours!
The costal footpath along the Cornish cliffs are caressed in springtime by the heady aroma of the golden gorse flowers and delicate haze of white blackthorn flowers.
Here the gulls’ wheel with their ethereal echoing cries that was thought to be the echo of the souls of shipwrecked sailors. The legends of giants and mermaids dance just out of sight, as though hidden behind a haze.
The great valley gardens of Cornwall develop a particular glow now as the spring blossom spreads through their sheltered depths. The Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons all eagerly collected by plant hunters from far away places, are now part of the classic spring gardens of Cornwall.
Opposite The gardener’s cottage spotted in Trengwainton walled gardens
It’s always a pleasure to wander down through Trebah garden the finishes on a sheltered beach in the spring. Nearer to home in West Cornwall, Trengwaiton has wonderful views over Mounts bay to the Lizard from the terrace and a pretty good cream tea. Trewidden garden has magnificent tree ferns and collections of 250 Camellias Or for a classic modern garden follow the woodland walks through Tremenheere Sculpture garden to its zenith above Mounts bay.
Spring courses – perfect for that New year’s resolution!
Taking a break in spring Cornwall and combining it with a course may bring a fresh dimension to life. It’s a perfect chance to learn a new skill or perhaps revive a New Years Resolution?
Newlyn School of Art runs courses throughout the year and for pottery try Richard Phethean. Maybe something closer to nature? The Fat Hen Wild Cookery School in Penzance may be just right to reconnect to springtime and the bounty of nature
A very Happy Easter!!
As Ednovean welcomes the spring may we wish you all a Very Happy Easter!!