Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood

We’ve been so busy lately I was worried that the bluebells would be over before we got a chance to see them.  After our snow-covered trip to the Ashridge Estate, I’d been recommended to return at this time of year, and a little googling gave me the prime location to admire these lovely Spring flowers.  We headed down on Bank Holiday Monday for an afternoon of bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood and we weren’t disappointed.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood

As luck would have it we approached the Ashridge Estate from the Ivinghoe Beacon and spotted the car park for Dockey Wood on our right hand side.  There was one space left and it had our name on it! Parking across the estate is free but entrance to go Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood was charged if you weren’t National Trust members.  we are, so we soon headed into the wood and were fit by the scent of the bluebells immediately.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a concentration of them.  It was beautiful.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

To protect the bluebells, there was a pathway running through the woodland with protective barriers made with branches.  I thought it was very well done, everyone could get to see them without any risk to the delicate flowers.  Although the car park was packed, the woods itself was relatively quiet and we never felt like we were falling over anyone and it was certainly easy to take photographs without anyone else in them.

My son and his Dad strode off ahead as I played around with camera settings.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood might not have been my son’s first choice of an adventure but even he had to agree that there were a lot of bluebells to admire.  It reminded me very much of our snowdrop spotting adventure at Welford Park last year.  It was the covering that was just so impressive.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

There was plenty of space to take a break and pick up a few sticks.  This is my son after all.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

He’s not often seen without sticks really is he.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

But I was very impressed that he knew that he mustn’t try to pick the bluebells, they were just there to be admired.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

A sea of bluey purple was all around us, photographs really don’t do the scene justice.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

But it was lovely to just stop and take it all in.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

Whilst I tried a few camera tricks out, my son whittled his sticks, everyone was happy.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

When my photography class took bluebell shots last year we’d been shown how to take Impressionist painting style shots and I thought I’d have another go at trying to master the art.  Still work in progress, but even my eight year old was impressed that a camera could change what he was actually looking at.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

I forgot to take my new lensball out with us so my son could help me get some fun shots.  Must remember it in the future.  I did get my son to agree to one posed shot, the are few and far between these days.  Normally I just have to grab shots of him on the hoof and hope it’s not blurred.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

He’s spotted a pre-built den on the far side of the woods and was soon on a mission to explore it.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

Follow me!

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

Stick boy heaven.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

This way Mum, I’ve spotted an ice cream van in the car park!

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

We’d had a lovely time bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood and he’d earned his ice cream treat.  We sat on a log enjoying the sunshine before heading home for tea.

Have you been bluebell spotting?  Where would you recommend visiting?

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood

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I'm a Mum with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

16 thoughts on “Bluebell spotting in Dockey Wood

  1. Oh my and there was me thinking we had the best bluebells! We have a wood just over the style from our deer field which is now full of bluebells but they are not as densely covered as Dockey Wood. How wonderful to have the paths through and the bluebells roped off to protect them. They really do look stunning. Lovely photos, posed and unposed, I feel as though I have been along the walk with you.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. The bluebells are gorgeous and you’ve captured the colours of them so well. I do think they will finish earlier this year due tot he great weather we had early. I really like the impressionist photography shots, very clever. Mich x #Countrykids

  3. Such stunning photos, I love bluebells so much.

    In a few places around here they’ve cut them down for some silly reason.

    #CountryKids

  4. Those bluebells look absolutely stunning – there are so many of them! We’ve spotted a few bluebells here and there but haven’t managed a visit to a bluebell wood this year. They are so pretty. Love the photo of Monkey whittling his sticks as well. #countrykids

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