Early Spring Ideas
The South West Coast Path passes right through Mawgan Porth and it’s a fantastic way to take in the eruption of colour and frenzy of nature activity in the Cornish countryside. You can walk northwards towards Padstow, passing the legendary Bedruthan Steps, and southwards to Newquay via Watergate Bay and Porth. Check the South West Coast Path website for information about the routes, many of which you can return back via bus services. You can also walk inland from Mawgan Porth for beautiful country views along the Vale of Lanherne, travelling two miles to the pretty village of St. Mawgan-in-Pydar, follow the footpath on the bridle path out of The Park.
Magnolias are renowned for flowering earlier in Cornwall – proving that Spring does indeed come early! In 2015, the first flowering Magnolia campbellii was recorded on 12th January, more than a full month before the official start of spring in England on the 3rd March. With such a mild winter so far, when will spring arrive this year? The Great Gardens of Cornwall will be monitoring six Champion Magnolia campbellii trees to see exactly when they bloom – known as Cornwall’s Spring Story, accordingly when all seven trees have at least 50 blooms spring will have arrived in Cornwall. The Great Gardens of Cornwall site is also a fantastic place to start to browse and choose gardens to visit in Cornwall. Many have areas suitable for dogs too!
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is only a few miles away in neighbouring Watergate Bay which is an easy drive or a 2 mile walk for experienced walkers, taking in the breath-taking South West Coast Path. Their Spring three course £24 lunches are fantastic value and available Monday – Saturday from 22 February to 18 March 2016. Voted as one of the most breath-taking views in Cornwall, take a seat and enjoy beautiful combinations from both the land and the sea, providing a perfect balance of flavours. Using local fish, Sicilian lemons, seasonal vegetables and Fifteen’s glorious pastas, take delight in a menu that changes daily depending on what is delivered to the kitchen door.