Lost Gardens of Heligan
Explore the charms of these working Victorian gardens and buildings that have a real fairy tale quality. Set in approximately 200 acres, the estate features numerous gardens, houses, lakes and ponds each with distinctive characters. As the birthplace of the Eden Project, in the Jungle you’ll find subtropical plants and unusual shrubs born out of a Victorian era passion for exotic flora and fauna. Cross the elevated rope bridge and take in the tropical surroundings from a whole new perspective. Follow the trails of the Lost Valley and admire the wild and beautiful landscape. Seek out the Crystal Grotto and feel like you’re discovering secret gardens in the Pleasure Grounds. The Heligan Home farm and estate gardens provide fresh Heligan produce served in the Heligan Kitchen & Bakery. Hot and cold beverages, breakfast and seasonal homemade dishes are available as well as excellent Cornish cream teas. There is also a shop, plant centre, toilet facilities and parking available on site.
Lost Gardens of Heligan – www.heligan.com
Visit the world’s largest greenhouse in the Rainforest biome and be transported to the depths of South America, Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia and West Africa. Hear the calls of the Amazon, see exotic species of flora and fauna and feel the humid tropical heat followed by the cooling mist from the huge indoor waterfall. In the Mediterranean biome, be delighted by the scents of the perfume garden, be charmed by over 1000 species of plants and be enchanted walking through the landscapes of South Africa and California. Discover more about the relationships between plants and people and learn more about how we can do more for a sustainable future. For the adrenalin junkies, feel the fear and ride the Skywire England’s longest zipline or choose one of the other sweat inducing activities – the Gravity giant swing, Big Air free fall jump or the K2 climbing tower. There is also a shop, plant centre, toilet facilities and parking available on site.
Eden project – www.edenproject.com
Listed as one of Cornwall’s five great gardens, Trebah is a truly unique sub tropical garden paradise set in 25 acres. The result of over 170 years careful creation, Trebah offers a year round experience – Spring is a myriad of colourful flowers in bloom, Summer is the time of the giant gunnera, Autumn sees a blanket of blue and white descend over the Hydrandea Valley and Winter brings beautiful frost patterns in contrast with flowering southern hemisphere flora. Featuring over four miles of trails, adventure play areas, a secluded beach, children’s trails and special events all year round there is fun for all the family. On site there is Trebah Kitchen serving food and beverages, a visitor centre, gallery, shop, garden centre and there is parking available.
Trebah garden – www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland area of approximately 650 acres. Enjoy the rambling streams and panoramic viewpoints on one of the four waymarked trails of varying difficulty and explore the miles of other available tracks. The area is also a woodland refuge, so look out for kingfishers, buzzards, dippers, otters and even deer . There are also cycling and horse riding trails, a play area as well as various picnic and BBQ areas. The Woods café is a family run independent establishment in the centre of the woods with a select menu serving home made food from fresh and local ingredients. A perfect place to stop during the Winter and take in an afternoon tea by the roaring fire. There is parking available on site.
St. Michael’s Mount
Take a truly unique walk across the Giant’s causeway to explore an iconic feature of the Cornish coastline. Learn about the Cornish legend of Jack the Giant killer and see if you can find Cormoran the Giant’s hidden heart at St. Michael’s mount. Climb the cobbled path up to the top of the mount and enjoy the spectacular vistas whilst exploring the Castle and their landscaped Gardens. Check ahead on the website for tidal information if you’re planning to get across to the mount on foot via the causeway – otherwise you can take one of the frequent boats ferrying visitors between the shore and the mount. On the mount there are toilet facilities, a gift shop and a restaurant serving and fantastic afternoon teas. Parking is available a short walk away at Marazion beach.
St. Michael’s Mount – www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Portholland to Portloe – Coastal walk
This is a circular approximately 5 mile walk from Portholland to Portloe. Stroll through the wild Cornish countryside and take in the spectacular views of Veryan Bay and the Roseland peninsula coastline. Finish back at Porthalland and treat yourself to a tasty Cornish afternoon tea in the quaint snug with sea facing views in the local Post Office. This is a moderate to challenging trail as it features undulating coastal paths that can be steep and strenuous in places. There is a National Trust car park beachside at Portholland.
Coastal walk – www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/portholland_to_portloe