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Where to See Bluebells in Cornwall

A bluebell wood at Enys in Cornwall
Spectacular bluebells at Enys

I spotted the first bluebell in the garden outside Smugglers Lane today and despite the grey skies, it lifted my spirits and reminded that spring is on the way.

I absolutely love bluebells - their colour, their scent, the way their delicate stalks bend under the weight of their flowers. There's nothing like the sight of them en masse and they thrive in Cornwall's native woodlands.

Here are six of our favourite places to view them this spring.

The Godolphin Estate

Just around the corner from Middle Colenso Farm, the house and garden at Godolphin date back to the medieval period. The woods are full of bluebells in the spring. If you're visiting make sure you allow enough time to explore the garden. There's also a good secondhand bookshop and lovely walk up Godolphin Hill if you're feeling more energetic. You can read more about Godlophin here.

The Penrose Estate

The wooded estate near Porthleven is lovely for a spring walk. Look out for bluebells nestling among the trees as you walk around Loe Pool, (the largest freshwater lake in England and said to be home to The Lady of the Lake) or down to the sea. The wide bridleways make Penrose a good spot for cycling and there's a cafe in the old stables if you fancy a break.


By far my favourite spot for bluebells, Enys is another old estate and occupies a small wooden valley near Penryn. In the spring Parc Lye is covered in a breathtaking display. In fact Enys' bluebells are so spectacular the estate hosts a bluebell festival each year. This year's event will take place from the 4th to 12th of May. There will also be an art exhibition in the house which is always well worth a visit.

Tehidy Woods

Situated near Portreath, Tehidy Woods is the largest area of woodland in Cornwall. There are over nine miles of paths to explore and a visitor centre and cafe at the south entrance.


If you're prepared to travel further afield, Lanhydrock near Lostwithiel is well worth a visit. In addition to the bluebells that fill the parkland, there's a lovely formal garden and the house itself is wonderful, particularly the kitchens.

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