Cornwall is the best place to be in Easter. Abundant with countryside and sandy beaches, you’ll often see lambs bounding across fields, sea pinks swaying in the breeze and Spring birds migrating towards the warming ocean swell. With the new season offering so much to see and do, you won’t fall short of Spring activities.
Spring is the perfect time to set afoot on the South West Coast Path– before the summer crowds have arrived, you can enjoy the vistas to yourself and get the first look at the wildflowers, poppies and sea pinks which adorn the clifftops. Cornwall is home to 360 miles of coastal trails, leaving you spoilt for choice in where you can wander. Whether you choose to explore the rugged north coast and its dramatic horizons or the tropical south coast with its sheltered coves, you’re sure to seek out something special.
From bare branches to fresh leaves and new blooms. The National Trust’s various properties and gardens come into their own in spring, with many places putting on Easter egg hunts for children through their grounds. Wander through time in ancient houses and estates, spot wildlife amongst protected expanses of land or feast the eyes on exotic gardens. Easter is an excellent time to visit- the warming weather invites strolling and picnicking at a leisurely pace, whilst the new season means that the landscapes and foliage are all beginning to blossom with the promise of sunshine ahead.
As the tide draws out, landscapes of rockpools are revealed on many Cornish beaches, mapping out a new world which can only be explored for a limited time. Hear the fizz of barnacles as the waves retreat and watch the ripples of sea creatures as they scramble beneath the water. Keep an eye out for the range of unique sea life which can be found- the Cornish Sucker fish, Worm Pipefish and the Common Shore Crab. Don’t forget a bucket to collect shells, sea glass and any other treasures you may find dotted amongst the pools.
The Eden Project is on Cornwall’s essential tick list and is an experience that must be seen to be believed. Rich in exotic plants, unusual sculptures and educational features, Eden is an impressive eco project with sustainability at its heart. Dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some, this dramatic global garden is housed in tropical biomes the size of 30 football pitches. Trek through the rainforest biome, passing 1000 species of tropical plants, towards the running waterfall or the suspended canopy walkway, or dine in the Mediterranean biome amongst spiky cacti and ancient olive trees.
Make the most of the Spring sunshine and get out and about with a forage that will take you deep into Cornwall’s woodlands, hedgerows and on the coast. Cornwall is rich in produce, and you can easily harvest the flavours of the earth and the ocean, making cooking up a storm in your self-catering kitchen simple. From Cornish mussels and rose chips to wild herbs and edible plants, you’ll find plenty of wild foods harnessing the taste of the county. Read more about foraging from local expert Rachel Lambert here.
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