In the language of flowers which became popular in Victorian times, the Bluebell is the flower symbolising 'constancy', very apt as these beautiful flowers, emerge year after year to provide their wonderful display.
Flowering in April and May woodland bluebells make the most of the sunlight penetrating the forest floor. Later in the year, when the trees are in full leaf the dense canopy restricts the light and the bluebells die back. Out of their flowering season the bluebell bulbs are hidden away underground awaiting the next spring when they burst forth again.
Bluebells are a protected species so please enjoy them in their natural environment and don't pick them. Take a photograph instead.
We have selected a number of the best bluebell locations throughout Cornwall. These include free admission sites and gardens with an admission charge.
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Cot Valley, near St Just
Kenidjack Valley, near St Just
Small woodland at Mount Misery near Alverton, Penzance Dog friendly.
Trevaylor Woods, near Newmill. Dog friendly.
Newmill hillside. Dog friendly.
Tremenheere Woods. Dog friendly. Free
Penrose Estate, Helston
The NT estate surrounding Loe Pool. Dog friendly.
Godolphin House and Garden, Helston
If you wish to visit the house and formal gardens an admission charge applies.
Free access to woodland walks. Dog friendly
Kennack Sands Walking the coast path behind Kennack Sands West and Kennack Sands East, the path and cliff tops are covered in Bluebells Free
Rosemullion Head Dog friendly
Glendurgan Garden, near Falmouth This superb garden is fantastic for families, full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River and walk beside the carpets of bluebells amongst fragrant rhododendrons. Maze.
Admission charge Adults £10 Children £5 Family (one adult family with up to 3 children) £15 Family £25
Trebah on the Helford River is a beautiful sub-tropical garden with lots to see and enjoy.
Admission Charge Adults £10.50 Children 5-15 £5 Children under 5 Free.
Cowlands Creek and Coombe Walk
A lovely spring walk through bluebell woods. Parking is at Cowlands Creek. Take the footpath from the head of the creek and follow it downstream to Coombe. The path will take you through a stand of old Kea plum trees, part of an ancient orchard. When you reach Coombe you can continue along a footpath to Halwyn Quay. Dog friendly.
The parkland walks are free. Parking charge only.
NT members park for free.
Kennall Vale Nature Reserve
Enjoying Bluebells in the Redruth - St Agnes Area
Illogan Woods Dog friendly
Tehidy Country Park, Camborne
The largest area of woodland in West Cornwall with 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of woods and lakes to explore. In April and May, the woods are carpeted with bluebells. The majority of the woodland is dog friendly. Cafe, picnic area, toilets.
Burncoose Gardens and Nursery
Admission Charge Guided Tour £5 per person
Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve. Dog friendly
St Breward to Lank
Dunmere to Penhargard near Bodmin
Pencarrow House and Gardens, near Bodmin
Located at the foot of a sweeping valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. The Georgian mansion is still owned and occupied by descendants of the family who settled there in the 1500s. Bluebells and lovely Wild Garlic carpet the woods in May/June.
Free parking. Dogs welcome off leads in the woods.
Admission Charge Gardens only Adults £6.50 Concessions £5 Children under 16 Free Registered Disabled £4.75. There are other tickets which include house and garden admission.
Lanhydrock Beech Woodland and more of the estate. Free access to estate woodland walks including views of the lovely bluebell woods. House and Garden Admission Charge
Kings Wood, London Apprentice, near St Austell Woodland Trust Dog friendly
Milltown & Lantyan Woods, nr Lostwithiel Woodland Trust Woods. Dog friendly.
NT Woods on Fowey estuary North Downs
Woodland at Tregrylls, near Lesnewth, Boscastle Dog friendly
Valency Valley Woods, near Boscastle Dog friendly
Ludon River Valley near Crackington Haven, Dog friendly
Trebarwith Valley, Dog friendly
Dizzard, near St Gennys Dog friendly
Allen Valley between Camelford and St Teath. Dog friendly.
Kilminorth Woods - Walk from Watergate to Looe, Dog friendly
Looe Valley, Duloe to Sandplace on public bridleway.
Parking at Tregarland bridge near Sandplace. Dog friendly.
Trenant Wood, near Looe Dog friendly.
Antony Woodland Garden, near Torpoint
This superb woodland garden with 300 varieties of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas plus both indigenous and exotic trees. The garden is also home to a National Collection of Camellia Japonica. From the Wilderness the path leads along the river into a shaded area of trees, known as the Cathedral, where bluebells and wild garlic dominate the woodland floor in April and May. Carew Pole Garden Trust, Garden Office, Antony House, Torpoint. PL11 2QA
Open March 1st - October 31st 11am – 5pm Tues, Weds, Thur, Sat & Sun Bank Holiday Mondays & Good Friday
Admission Charge £10.50 Children under 16 £5.25 Family £26.25 One Adult Family £15.75
Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll, Torpoint
Former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres of country park on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall, overlooking the Tamar River and Plymouth. The woodland around this historic house and estate is full of great walking trails and carpeted with bluebells in late spring. Dogs welcome.
The Isles of Scilly have both the native species of Bluebell, hyacinthoides non scripta and the Spanish garden escape - Hyacinthoides hispanica.
The island of St Agnes comes alive with wild flowers in May with fields and roadsides lined by bluebells.
The Abbey Gardens on Tresco.
Admission charge Adults £15 Over 65s £13.50 Children under 16 £5 Under 5s Free Weekly pass £25
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Things to do
Maps of Cornwall :
The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are
ideal for walkers.
Scale 1 : 25 000
2.5 inches to 1 mile /
4cm to 1km.
Available in local bookshops or click on the links below to order online.
Those covering Cornwall:
Map of Isles of Scilly:101 Isles of Scilly
For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk