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True Blue: 22 of our favourite UK Bluebell Woods

Lisa O'Keeffe

17 December 2020

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Looking for the perfect spring activity? Add a bluebell walk to your to-do list and discover a stunning carpet of blue flowers in the bluebell woods near you; you're bound to have some undeniably magical photo opportunities! A perfect splash of colour, signalling that summer is on the way, the bluebells are definitely the star of the season each year. 

With blue flowers blooming all over the UK, you're sure to find bluebell woods near you. But how do you pick the right one? We're here to help! To select the best locations for bluebell walks, we enlisted the help of our Day Out With The Kids community to reveal some of your favourite spots.

Time to make the best of bluebell season, get the whole family out the front door and explore some of these tried and tested bluebell woods near you! 

Just a quick tip from us: sometimes bluebell fields may take more than a year to regrow, so it's always best to check if the bluebell forest you've chosen is set to bloom this year before you go.

Zoe Holland, from Juggling on Rollerskates, loves exploring Hempstead Woods in Sussex

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in 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... These small ancient bluebell woods are 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 for a bluebells walk each spring.

Cowleaze Wood, Oxfordshire

Cowleaze Wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. The bluebell woods bloom each spring, making the carpet like display a must-see!

Isabel Caddy explores Haresfield Beacon, Gloucestershire

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in South West of England

Haresfield Beacon, Gloucestershire

Isabel Caddy definitely looks happy to have found this beautiful bluebell walk near her! 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 bluebell woodland gets the thumbs up from us. With plenty of bluebell walks to explore, there are lots of opportunities to find stunning flower  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 appreciate the true beauty of bluebell season. 

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in Midlands

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

The appropriately named Bluebell Wood is unsurprisingly one of the most popular bluebell forests in the UK. With millions of bulbs growing closely together in the same area, it creates one of nature’s most stunning displays. Don't forget to take your camera!

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 bluebell woods near you. Want us to let you in on a secret? One of the best spots is in the valley behind the Four Stones, where the sides of the valley are simply covered in bluebells.

Coughton Court, Warwickshire

One of the best locations to enjoy bluebell season in Warwickshire is Coughton Court. Head to the gardens of this striking Tudor house to discover a sea of blue flowers. The best spot in Timm's Wood, just a gentle walk away from the house.   

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in 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

Speke Hall, Merseyside

The patch of bluebell woodland to the west of the Tudor house becomes a sea of blue in spring. It's one of the most picturesque bluebell walks in the UK.

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

Thanks to Jaime Speed for this photo of her kids enjoying the bluebells at Gorleston, Norfolk

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in East of England

Gorleston, Norfolk

Jaime Speeds' favourite flowers are bluebells, so we knew she knew when she was talking about when she recommended this bluebell forest in the seaside resort of Gorleston-on-Sea as one of the most beautiful bluebell woods near you.

Blake’s Wood, Essex

Explore the many paths that lead you through this ancient bluebell woodland, with easy to follow trails complete with great views over the Essex countryside.

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

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.

Thanks to Cassie Brown for sharing this photo of the bluebells near Crickhowell!

Bluebell Woods & Bluebell Walks in Wales

Coed Cefn, Crickhowell

This Woodland Trust bluebell wood, which looks over the beautiful town of Crickhowell in Powys South Wales, comes highly recommended by Emma Meredith.

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.  

 

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Want more spring inspiration? Check out these other blogs for more famly fun:

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