February 18th 2015

Once you’ve seen Cornwall, you’ll understand why it’s been voted England’s most picturesque county. With 300 miles of spectacular, craggy coastline, eerie moorland and a balmy climate, this far south-western tip of the British Isles is home to some of the UK’s most atmospheric landscapes. And it’s that climate that makes gardens flourish and wildflowers bloom. Walk there with us in May and there’s every chance that we will see carpets of bluebells alongside the trail. A magical sight, the sea of mauve and blue transforms woodland and its hard not to hike through with a smile on one’s face. lost heligan copy A highlight for gardeners and non-gardeners alike is our visit to the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan. Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were magnificent, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already taking control. A huge and continuing project has brought the gardens back to life, telling the story of the people who made them great, before departing to fight in the First World War. The world famous Trebah Garden is different again – a sub-tropical paradise on the coast. In spring Trebah comes alive with a colorful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. It was at Trebah that US troops embarked for Omaha beach in the D-Day landings of 1944. There’s so much more to see. A historic harbor, riverside hikes, a castle built on King Henry VIII’s orders, a beloved home and favorite ramble of Daphne du Maurier. We stay in lovely hotels, with views to die for and we eat at traditional thatched pubs. And don’t forget the Cornish cream tea! Golden scones, fruity jam and clotted cream – the perfect interlude in a Wayfarers’ day! Find out more about our Walk in Cornwall here.

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