The pick of the best spring flower walks

Spring is the perfect time of year get out on to the South West Coast Path and see beautiful wild flowers in bloom. From short woodland walks through a sea of wild garlic and bluebells to cliff-top ambles past Wild garlic and bluebellsrosettes of primroses, here's our pick of the best spring flower walks

  • Rosemullion Head Circular, Cornwall (4 miles) A circular walk with spectacular views of Rosemullion Head, secluded coves and the beautiful Helford estuary, where wild garlic and bluebells grow in abundance along its banks.
  • East Prawle to Prawle Point, Devon (3.9 miles) A wonderful walk taking in spectacular coastal scenery and ancient green lanes, in one of the richest spots in Devon for plants and flowers. The lacy white rosettes of wild carrot grow along the Coast Path and the small blue stars of spring squill can also be spotted.
  • Seaton to Lyme Regis Undercliffs, Dorset (7.2 miles) A challenging walk, passing through the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, which is covered mainly by ash and field maple woodland – a natural habitat for spring displays of primrose, anemone and bluebells (see above).
  • Croyde and Saunton Down, Devon (3.4 miles) Part of North Devon’s first newly designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with Braunton Burrows at its heart. This is Europe’s largest sand dune system and home to more than 500 species of flowering plants, including bee orchids and water germander.
  • Boscastle and Pentargon Waterfall, Cornwall (1.7 miles) The Coast Path runs between a stone hedge, covered in the lichen sea ivory, and the open maritime grassland topping the cliffs, home to colourful wild flowers such as Dyer’s Greenweed and Saw-wort. 

Photo credit: Monash Kessler 

Published on: Jan. 30, 2013