What with the parky weather and the distinct lack of woodland anywhere west of Bodmin, finding bluebells can be a bit of a tricky affair in Cornwall. But if you head to the north coast, just west of Portreath you’ll find the gorgeous Tehidy woods, and right now a carpet of bluebells!
There are a few entrances to Tehidy but we find the north coast car park the best, it’s a great place to explore the woodland and is also dog friendly. The area of park by the south entrance and café is very popular with families and a nature reserve so any pups need to be on the lead – perhaps not very appropriate for an over-excited 30kg black dog.
The park itself used to form part of the Basset estate – one of the most powerful families in Cornish mining history. The original manor house is still there today, at the heart of the park and now split into private apartments. There is also a slightly odd new build estate, which means you’ll be strolling through the heart of the wood and then suddenly stumble upon the back of a cul-de-sac. Which is a bit strange, we think.
It is however gorgeous up there. The park covers 9 miles square, is the biggest plot of woodland in West Cornwall and has been really well developed to cater for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and families.
When we headed down there last weekend we were perhaps a tiny bit early for the true blue haze, but they were right on the verge of blooming good and proper so right now or over the Bank Holiday weekend would be perfect. First of all we headed down past the leats, where the black dog took a dip and straight down into Oak Wood, where there was a thick bed of bluebell foliage but not much flowering. But heading back towards the centre of the woods and then just south east of the north entrance we came across a proper bluebell carpet. As is the case sometimes, the pictures don’t do it justice; you need to be there in the light, warmth and smells of the woodland to really get the true experience.
Tehidy Woods, nr Camborne, Cornwall