True blue: 22 of our favourite UK Bluebell Walks
Picture this; getting the whole family out the front door and on a lovely spring walk, and discovering a stunning carpet of bluebells. A perfect splash of colour signalling that summer is definitely on the way, the delicate blue flowers are definitely the star of the show each year.
The great thing about bluebell walks is that you never have to travel far to find them. With bluebells blooming all over the UK, we enlisted the help of our Day Out With The Kids community to reveal some of your favourite spots. So add a spring walk to your to-do list, and check out some of these tried and tested bluebell walks:
South East of England
Hempstead Woods, Sussex
Recommended by Zoe Holland, we'll let the above picture do the talking for why you should pay a visit... The small ancient wood is right on Zoe's doorstep, and is a firm family favourite each year!
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Catherine Bond and her family always make an annual trip to see bluebells, and this year decided to venture further afield thanks to their National Trust membership, finding a new favourite along the way!
“Having always gone to Pamphill in Dorset, this year we used our National Trust membership to visit Hinton Ampner in Hampshire to see bluebells (and loads of lambs too!!). It was wonderful!”
Tilford Woods, Surrey
Nestled within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the enchanting woodland area is the perfect place to find bluebells each spring.
Cowleaze Wood, Oxfordshire
Cowleaze Wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. The bluebells bloom each spring, making the carpet like display a must-see!
South West of England
Haresfield Beacon, Gloucestershire
Isabel Caddy definitely looks happy to have found this beautiful bluebell walk! The perfect place to explore the stunning Cotswold landscape, there's also a National Trust walking trail you can explore.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Next to the River Wye, this charming ancient woodland gets the thumbs up from us. With plenty of walks to explore, there are lots of opportunities to find stunning blueball displays!
Buckland Abbey, Devon
This ancient gem is the perfect place for discovery, tranquillity and history - not forgetting bluebells! Head to the Great North Wood to see the stunning display.
The appropriately named Bluebell Wood is unsurprisingly one of the most popular bluebell sites in the UK. With millions of bulbs growing closely together in one wood, it creates one of nature’s most stunning displays.
Clent Hills, West Midlands
Escape the hustle and bustle of Birmingham city centre, by heading a short 10-miles to Clent Hills. Known and loved by dog-walkers, it's also a great place to find bluebells. One of the best spots is in the valley behind the Four Stones, where the sides of the valley are covered in bluebells.
Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Head to the gardens of this striking Tudor house to discover a sea of bluebells. Take a gentle walk to the best spot in Timm's Wood!
North of England
Ecclesall Wods, Sheffield
“Ecclesall Woods ancient woodland in Sheffield is stunning- especially around the bird reserve. It used to be part of the Sherwood Forest!” Faye Smith
The patch of woodland to the west of the Tudor house becomes a sea of blue in spring, thanks to the picturesque bluebell walk.
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
“Theres a wood at the bottom of Roseberry Topping that has lots of beautiful bluebells - definitely my favourite bluebell walk!" Catherine Jefferson
East of England
Jaime Speeds' favourite flowers are bluebells, so we knew her recommendation of these beautiful bluebell woods in the seaside resort of Gorleston-on-Sea!
Blake’s Wood, Essex
Explore the many paths that lead you through this ancient wood, with easy to follow trails complete with great views over the Essex countryside.
Blickling Estate is famous for its bluebells which create carpets of blue throughout the Great Wood and parts of the garden. With a host of events throughout May to celebrate bluebell season too, it's a great day out for the whole family.
Coed Cefn, Crickhowell
This Woodland Trust wood comes highly recommended by Emma Meredith, looking over the beautiful town of Crickhowell in Powys South Wales
Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd
With a different colour each season, spring is definitely about the bluebells at this Welsh manor house. The parkland around the property is home to a stunning bluebell display each year.
Coed y Bwnydd, Monmouthsire
As the largest, and possibly best-preserved, Iron Age hill fort in Monmouthshire, Coed-y-Bwnydd is the perfect place to see the fields and woods that surround the fort. The National Trust property comes alive with a sea of blue each spring, as bluebells are joined by primroses, orchids and red campion for a spectacularly colourful display.
Part of a group of of ancient woodlands along Loch Ness, this woodland is also home to a beautiful carpet of bluebells each spring.
Aldouran Glen, Stranraer
This magical woodland has a bubbling stream at its heart, where you can even spot some dragonflys. But the real treat is each spring, when at the bottom of the slopes you'll find a carpet of bluebells.
Keil’s Den, Fife
Follow the tracks through the gorge at this Woodland Trust site to discover blooming bluebells, as well as dog's mercury and wild garlic!