There is nothing more beautiful than wild flowers and I am a very keen fan of poppies myself. The contrasting rich red against a green backdrop is too pretty not to smile! Luckily Cornwall have the perfect offering for those who like me, love to see these dainty blooms. On West Pentire, only a few miles from Crantock and perched above Polly Joke (or Porth Joke as it’s occasionally named) is a wonderful stretch of land, catered for by the National Trust, where poppies grow wildly from late May through to July. With the background of the green barley fields and the sea in the distance, it really is quite something!
The location is easy to find and as it’s so popular to visitors, you’ll soon find the crowd heading down. There’s a car park just round the corner from the Bowgie Inn where you can park up and it’s only a short easy stroll to the fields. You will need to pay to park here so have a few pounds with you. Just left of the car park as you leave, you’ll find kissing gates leading the way to the poppies and of course, you will spot them a mile off.
The location here is respected and preserved to ensure that dwindling bird species, other wildlife and flowers can survive so please enjoy the view but keep yourself, your little ones and your pets away from the poppies themselves as once they’re stood on, they won’t grow again. There’s clear pathways around the beds for you to keep to and ample space for everyone to get a good snap without risk.
To make a day of it, continue passed the poppies and find your way to Polly Joke beach which on this occasion was a bit gloomy but still beautiful! The rugged coastline also offers many amazing coastal path walks if you come prepared.