Cornwall LivingIssue #83
Embrace spring early
If you’re looking for a milder climate here’s a tip: spring comes early on the Isles of Scilly.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen flowers in the hedgerows or felt the sun gently warming your skin, then here’s something worth knowing… 28 miles from Cornwall, you’ll find the Isles of Scilly’s sea pinks and purple loosestrife in full bloom. There’s more sunshine and the evenings stay lighter for longer – even before the clocks change.
“you might find it hard to resist the call of crystal clear waters on a warm spring day.“
The reason for this is because the islands are perched right at the UK’s south west tip. The Gulf Stream keeps the weather milder, and the sun sets up to half an hour later. It’s no wonder then that it’s the most popular time to visit Scilly; people can’t wait for spring, so they go to meet it, and if you’d
like, you can too!
You can fly direct from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End airports and there are connecting flights across the UK, so spring really is just minutes away.
Or, if you prefer to travel by rail, there are direct trains to Penzance from London, Birmingham and the north. Then once you arrive in Penzance the passenger ship Scillonian III makes the round trip daily and takes in some of Cornwall’s most spectacular coastline on the way.
When you arrive, you’ll be glad of that extra half hour of daylight as it gives you that little bit of extra time to explore the deserted islands and hidden coves. To see the wildlife, the flowers and the views, to relax with someone you love and adjust to the gentler pace of island life.
Remember to pack your walking boots – and more importantly your shorts! Because trust us, you might find it hard to resist the call of crystal clear waters on a warm spring day.
If you’d like more information on getting to the Isles of Scilly – and a taste of island life – visit the Isles of Scilly Travel website.
"you might find it hard to resist the call of crystal clear waters on a warm spring day."