A couple of miles down the road from our house is the old Vaughan estate of Cors-y-Gedol, a beautiful mansion dating from 1576 with an impressive arrow-straight 1.5 kilometre drive leading up to it from the main road.
At the top of the avenue, and open to the public for free, is the most beautiful bluebell wood in the country. Early May is the best time to see it, and as it’s early May we went with Milo The Golden Retriever to bliss out on bluebells.
As far as I know bluebells thrive all over the temperate zone, but only in Britain do they put on woodland displays of such magnificence. They have an elusive colour like jacaranda or tropical fish which can’t really be captured by a poor old camera and RGB computer; there are wavelengths above and beyond our own acuity.
Even without the bluebells it’s a lovely wood, but all I can tell you is that Coed Cors-y-Gedol on a glorious May morning is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The wood leads down to the tumbling Afon Ysgethin and you can follow its course all the way down the hill to the pub.
What better end?