Pick of the best bluebell walks on the Coast Path
Get a spring in your step this May with a breathtaking bluebell walk along the South West Coast Path.
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From Salcombe to Dartmouth, Lyme Regis to Exmoor, here's our pick of the best:
- Rosemullion Head Circular, Cornwall (3.9 miles) This circular walk has spectacular views of Rosemullion Head, secluded coves and the beautiful Helford Estuary – and is lovely in springtime, when the bluebells are out under the trees. Make time to visit the gardens at Caerwinion, too, when primroses and blue anemones grow beneath the rhododendrons and camellias.
- Salcombe to Torcross, Devon (12.6 miles) A challenging but rewarding walk that takes in the vibrant Salcombe bluebell carpets (pictured above). Passing out of the shelter of the Salcombe Estuary, you emerge onto a rugged section of coast, crossing high cliffs to Prawle Point and passing sandy beaches and a rocky stretch to Start Point before levelling out for the last leg of the journey to Torcross.
- Brockholes, Exmoor, Somerset (6.9 miles) An adventurous hike, high above the sea with stunning views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast and the Brecon Beacons. It passes through three pretty combes that are especially inspirational in the spring, when clumps of bluebells run riot.
- Langdon Hill, Golden Cap and St Gabriel's Chapel (4.3 miles) A walk through the bluebell woods on Langdon Hill, visiting the medieval hamlet of Stanton St Gabriel, now a handful of refurbished cottages and a ruined thirteenth-century chapel. Children will love the freedom of the open ground and the old lanes, as well as the forest paths and the ancient ruins.
- Dartmouth Castle & Gallants Bower, Devon (3.4 miles) This is a brilliant walk in spring, when, around the castle, the woods are carpeted with bluebells and wild orchids and ring with birdsong. There are breathtaking views over the River Dart as you climb to Gallants Bower, scene of a siege in the English Civil War.
Photo credit: Salcombe bluebells by Gary Holpin
Published on: May 13, 2016