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The pick of the best wildflower 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 rosettes of primroses, here's our pick of the best spring flower walks.

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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.

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. 

Durlston Country Park Clifftop trail, Dorset (1 mile) A short clifftop walk through Durlston Country Park, a National Nature Reserve featuring a range of important habitats, including seacliffs, limestone downland, woodland, haymeadows, dry stone walls and hedgerows, each of which is host to a wide diversity of wildlife and rar

e species of butterfly. The Visitor Centre in Durlston Castle has displays and lists of recent wildlife sightings, as well as live pictures from the seabird colony on the cliffs and sound from an underwater hydrophone. Listen out for dolphins and porpoises in the waters below!

Photo credits:

Top- Salcombe Bluebells by Gary Holpin
Opposite- Common Blue Butterfly at Braunton Burrows. Photographer Frances Kent, Somerset.

Published on: March 18, 2016