Summer solstice is upon us and the longest day of the year has passed marking the official start of summer, and of course a break in the blistering heat wave to mizzle again! The spring flora has vanished to make way for summer blooms; the roses are bursting into fragrant colour and the berries are ripening. Violas and geraniums are in full swing, and fields of beautiful poppies and marigolds must be seen in Poly Joke near Newquay – a wonderful unspoilt beach just 15 minutes walk from West Pentire National Trust carpark. ( Click HERE for more details and stay at Waggon House or Josiah’s Cottage in Port Issac).
Discover the wild flower springing up on every Cornish hedgerow and learn how to identify each flower HERE or sample the wonderful berries coming into season and pick strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries for many of the local pick your own working farms like Trevaskis Farm near Hayle (Near Pencobben House in Godrevy) or Mitchel Fruit Garden ( Nearby to Brown’s Barn in Wadebridge).
Head to Perranporth Beach to discover the beautiful (and harmless) moon jellyfish or walk amongst the dunes for a glimpse of an adder or two! Enjoy a boat trip from the North or South coast and see Basking Sharks, seals and occasionally dolphins. Catch sight of the Shearwater birds as they skim across the surface of the sea and enjoy Storm Petrels in flight – the house martin of the sea!
Wonder through the county’s countryside filled with butterflies, bees and dragon flies, seek out bats at dusk and enjoy the dawn chorus at sunrise. Forage for little gems like wild strawberries, samphire and seaweed, and have alfresco dinners at The Hidden Hut, Barefoot Dinners, Swanpool or Nancarrow Farm Feasts. Stay in one of our many rural retreats and get away from it all…. Summer has begun.