Enjoying the bluebells at Wytham Woods

Favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for years, wrote it early last year and then Coronavirus hit and there was little point in publishing it in 2020!  So here we are in 2021, the world is starting to open up a little, so I thought I’d share this post now.  Remember social distancing and comply with any travel restrictions that are in place. Please also remember not to dig up or pick bluebells. Following on from my snowdrops post I now want to share with you some favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country.  I’ve loved Bluebells since I was a child exploring our local copse and seeing them always makes me feel that summer is around the corner.

Favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country

As I’m looking for somewhere new to discover bluebells this year, I asked a few people for their favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country too so I could give you some ideas too! We all want to enjoy these beautiful wildflowers for years to come so please remember to treat them with care, stick to paths and don’t dig them up or pick them as that’s actually against the law.

Berkshire

Claire at Red Kite Days recommends a number of places to spot bluebells in Berkshire, and I can confirm that Cliveden is lovely at any time of year.

Buckinghamshire

For the pure concentration of bluebells, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere better than Dockey Wood on the Ashridge Estate.  The perfume is amazing and it’s a real gem of a location.  There is a £1 entrance fee but it’s well worth it in, a firm favourite for us.

Bluebell spotting in Dockey Woods

Somewhere we used to visit a lot and really need to go back to again is Wendover Woods, near Aylesbury.  Another lovely place for kids to explore and spot bluebells.  Although I’m not sure if you’ll see a Gruffalo.

Bluebells at Wendover Woods

We visited Rushbeds Woods recently for the very first time which is between Brill and Dorton.  It’s a quiet woodland area with two very small car parking areas.  It has a vast display of bluebells and primroses and a defined pathway to keep to throughout a walk to keep the bluebells safe.

Favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country - Rushbeds Wood

Dorset

Sarah at Digital Motherhood recommends a wood close to Wimbourne.

Greater Manchester

Rachel at Out and About Mummy offers suggestions of bluebell walks close to Oldham.

Hampshire

Lara at Lara Joanna Jarvis suggests a visit to Micheldever Woods.

Hertfordshire

If you are local to Hertfordshire then why not take up Helen’s recommendations at Actually Mummy.

Kent

We loved our summer visit to Chartwell a couple of years ago, but my memory card decided to corrupt so I never got to share any photos with you.  It’s a beautiful place to explore in the summer, and looking at Donna’s Springtime visit it’s another perfect place to enjoy Bluebells too.

Erica from The Incidental Parent has a number of options in and around Sevenoaks to explore to see bluebells and having been in Ightham Mote in mid-winter I can imagine how beautiful it would look with a carpet of blue come Springtime.

Lancashire

Lancashire is a county I really haven’t ever explored but Speke Hall is now on my list of places to visit thanks to Lisa at Hollybobbs.

London

Osterley Park is in West London and is somewhere we loved exploring a couple of years ago.  The grounds are wonderful for children to explore and again, there were some wonderful bluebells to enjoy too.

Exploring Osterley Park

Kate at Counting to Ten recommends Wanstead Park in East London whilst Cathy at Mummy Travels suggests Perivale Woods.

Middlesex

If you live in Middlesex then Jenny at The Gingerbread House recommends a trip to Ruislip Woods.

Northamptonshire

My brother and sister-in-law took us out to see one of their favourite places to spot bluebells in 2019 and Hazelborough Wood certainly didn’t disappoint with its display.

Exploring Hazelborough Wood

Other recommendations come from Emma at Life in the Mums Lane who suggests a visit to Coton Manor.

Oxfordshire

When I was on my photography course a few years ago I had the opportunity to explore Wytham Woods and saw a beautiful display of bluebells.

Enjoying the bluebells at Wytham Woods

Stoke Wood is close to Bicester and somewhere we often spend time walking around, also another great spot for bluebells.

A trip to Stoke Wood

Claire at Red Kite Days has a number of recommendations across the county whilst Emma at Bubba Blue and Me suggests Badbury Hill near Faringdon.

Staffordshire

Emma at Mrs Shilts enjoyed her visit to Lodge Hill in Yoxall.

Surrey

Somewhere I wish we lived closer to is Polesden Lacey – it’s a wonderful National Trust property with so much outdoor space for children to roam free in.  We’ve been a few times over the years, and can thoroughly recommend it.

Bluebells at Poleseden Lacey

Clare at Mudpie Fridays also recommends Winkworth Arboretum, which has been on my must-visit list for so long.

East Sussex

Michelle at Mummy from the Heart suggests a visit to Arlington.

West Sussex

Whilst in West Sussex Lauren at Scrapbook Blog suggests Patching Woods and Clare recommends Wakehurst.

Worcestershire

Croome is a firm family favourite and the bluebells were out on our first visit there back in 2017.

Exploring Croome Court

Scotland

Jenni at The Bear and the Fox suggests the Hermitage of Braid nature reserve in Edinburgh.

Wales

Deborah at Family Days Tried and Tested has a number of recommendations of places to spot bluebells in Wales. Whilst Lianne at Anklebiters Adventures has an option for South Wales.

If you have any other recommendations I could add to this list then please let me know.

Favourite places to spot Bluebells across the country

 

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