Blooms add a vivid backdrop to spring countryside from Cornwall to Slovakia, even if you don’t know your bloody cranes-bill from your hairy greenweed
We went to the Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise) national park to walk the stunning river gorges but the first thing that amazed us was the luxuriant display of harebells, wild cranesbill (geraniums) and other wildflowers in the forest glades and fringing the paths. The cafe at Kláštorisko, as well as serving excellent pancakes, is set in a wide meadow. Spišská Nová Ves is the best jumping-off point, about 4½ hours by train from Bratislava. Tourist information there sells excellent walking maps. Then it’s a short bus or taxi ride to Čingov, where the Penzión Lesnica, about €30 a night, is right by one of the entrances to the park.