Posted 29 March 2019 by Beverley Fuller
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Thanks to its Mediterranean climate the Roseland Peninsula is renowned for the variety of flora here throughout the year. There are plenty of lovely gardens to visit – Trelissick, Trebah and Glendurgan being especially good for bluebell walks, plus several private NGS gardens - but a ramble on public footpaths is beautiful too. You'll find a variety of habitats, from hedgerows, woodland and fields to riverside, clifftops and sheltered coves, in a relatively small area.
Spring and early summer are key times for English flowers and picturesque hedgerows. In spring look for daffodils in the open, sunny areas; bluebells in the woodland; gorse in flower, surprisingly fragrant; plus wild garlic and many other wildflowers.
But for a glimpse of why this coast is known as the Cornish Riviera, why not try a pretty, circular walk past the subtropical Trebah Gardens and pretty Glendurgan? Hop on the St Mawes Ferry to Falmouth, then take the 35 bus to Mawnan Smith (which sounds like a villain from a Daphne du Maurier story, don't you think?), from where the easy-to-moderate circuit takes about 2hrs.
Your first footpath out of Mawnan Smith takes you into farmland and alongside an irrigation stream towards Higher and Lower Penpol, then you hit Anna Marie Lane (another great name), look for a kissing gate on your left and head uphill. Pass the landscaped gardens and golf course of Budock Vean, then reach another crossroads where the footpath opposite takes you past the entrance to Trebah – well worth a detour if you have time.
You'll take in the village of Durgan, a former fishing village built largely by the family who originally owned both Trebah and Glendurgan. Passing through woodland of huge pines, you'll reach the ornamental gardens of Bosloe Manor – you're on the South West Coast Path here, so you can't miss the energising sea views as you head down to Porth Saxon. Then it's back into woodland, with the possibility of bluebells, before you emerge near Carwinion and the road back to Mawnan Smith – no prizes for spotting the bamboo! Look out for: bluebells; wildflowers; wild garlic; subtropical plants.