The bluebells are back and slightly earlier this year. The great news is that most places where you can see the greatest bluebell displays in Cornwall are very dog friendly. Here are some of the best – and check out the latest issue of Dog Friendly Cornwall magazine for some more detailed bluebell walks to enjoy with your pet.
Enys Gardens, near Penryn
These beautiful gardens just outside Falmouth are famed for the huge swathes of bluebells which sweep across vistas in the gardens. The best chance to see the flowers in all their glory is in early May when they are holding their Bluebell Festival (4th-12th May) along with an Art of Nature exhibition, a lovely excuse to explore the house. There is also a lovely tea room where you can sit outside with your dog. Other lovely features include a lake and the walled garden – even without the bluebells, this is a glorious place to walk your dog at any time. Usual opening hours are on Tues and Thurs from 2-5pm and Sun from 11am-5pm but for the Bluebell Festival, Sat 4th May – Sun 12th May, they are opening every day from 11am-5pm so there is no excuse not to visit! www.enysgardens.org.uk Tel: 01326 377621
The bluebells come out early at this National Trust estate outside Helston. You can enjoy them as you stroll through the woods from the car park to the main house where parts of Poldark were filmed. Dogs are welcome in the gardens and in the estate and there are dog friendly seating areas at the cafe, situated at the entrance to the main house and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin
Cardinham Woods near Bodmin
There are some beautiful displays of bluebells at Cardinham Woods and the woods, which are run by the Forestry Commission are very family friendly to explore. There are several marked walks through the woods, and the Woods Cafe which offers lovely cakes and Tregothnan teas is very dog friendly. For more information and details of the walks www.forestry.gov.uk/cardinham
Idless Woods near Truro – click here to buy as a poster from All Posters
Listed by the Forestry Commission as one of their top ten bluebell sites in the UK, Idless Woods is a lovely dog friendly walk and just north of Truro. For directions visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandcornwallnoforestidless
Tehidy Woods near Redruth
The popular woods are carpeted with bluebells at this time of year and they are a lovely place to explore with your dog. Do watch out for swans, especially as they are nesting at this time of year. Keep your dog on a lead if they like to chase wildlife and note that dogs are not allowed near the lakes. There is a cafe at the main South entrance, where you can sit with your dog at the outside tables and the food here is lovely. For more details and a map: www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/parks-and-open-spaces/tehidy-country-park/
Trelowarren near Helston
Ten minutes drive on to the Lizard (towards St Keverne) beyond Helston is Trelowarren, a beautiful estate with really lovely bluebell walks. The New Yard restaurant allows dogs in the courtyard area and this is opening for breakfast from 8am. This year their annual Bluebell Day takes place on Sun 29th April, 10am-4pm, allowing a rare chance for you to explore the private gardens and its array of beautiful flowers trelowarren.com
The wooded estate around the main gardens and house of the National Trust’s Lanhydrock is a haven for dogs and their walkers. From Respryn car park or the main car park new the house you can set out on walks along the River Fowey. Pick up walk and trail maps from the kiosk at the gatehouse, reception and shop. Dogs are not allowed in the main gardens, but you can sit outside with them at the Stable Cafe and you can buy homemade dog treats there. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
Trewardrevas Mill, near Constantine
This pretty woodland walk near The Waymarker restaurant, near Brill and Constantine, is a lovely gentle stroll that loops around an old disused water mill with a pretty stream. It’s lovely at any time in year, but spectacular with bluebells, woodland anemones and celandine in early May. The Waymarker allow dogs on the veranda and offer wonderful cake and Sunday lunches. Click here for a full guide to this walk.