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National Trust Bluebell woods and walks
With over half the global population of bluebells flowering on these shores, Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape
Some of the best bluebell displays in the country can be found in National Trust woodlands and parks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In many places it won’t cost you a penny to see them and is guaranteed to awaken your senses and shake you into spring.
Allen Banks & Staward Gorge in Northumberland - The largest area of ancient woodland in Northumberland, in spring Allen Banks comes alive with the fresh growth of wild flowers. Explore the woods and discover the carpet of bluebells and wild garlic (ramsons) covering the woodland floor in late spring. Download the gentle 2 ∏ mile riverside walk at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks. For more information contact:01434 344218.
Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire - The 1.5-mile way marked woodland trail has a stunning display of bluebells beneath the bright-green beech canopy. Red kites can also be seen, pick up an I-spy Ashridge leaflet from the Discovery Centre. Download a 2 mile wildlife walk at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks. For more information contact: 01494 755557.
Blakes Wood in Essex - This 106 acre ancient woodland bursts into colour in spring with carpets of bluebells, primroses and yellow archangel along the woodland floor. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot a Nightingale or Hawfinch. For more information contact: 01245 222 669.
Blickling in Norfolk - The wilderness garden and woodland in the park are renowned for their bluebells when a breathtaking two acres of blue can be seen with a single cloud of white formed by a clump of wild garlic growing in its midst. There are three way marked estate walks. For more information contact: 01263 738030.
Buckland Abbey in Devon - Discover fabulous bluebell displays in the Great North Wood and take a three mile 'Bluebell Walk' with the estate warden on Friday 7 May, 11am - 1.30pm. No extra charge to normal admission but booking is advisable. For more information contact: 01822 853607.
Calke Park and Abbey in Derbyshire - With secret walks and 600 acres of parkland, much of it a National Nature Reserve, Calke is home to some of the oldest trees in Europe. Among this ancient woodland, bluebells flower in abundance dotted with the yellow flowers of archangels in the Serpentine Wood. Download a Wildlife Walk at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks For more information contact: 01332 863822.
Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire - There are several way marked walks throughout the parkland and wooded estate: take in the stunning bluebell displays and ancient trees at this special place. For more information contact: 01558 824512.
Emmetts Garden in Kent - One of the highest points in Kent, with magnificent views of the Weald and North Downs. The woodland slopes are famed for their carpets of bluebells in spring. For more information contact: 01732 751509.
Hardcastle Crags in Yorkshire - A hidden beauty spot near Hebden Bridge. The 3-mile Mill Walk is the ideal place to see a mass of bluebells in spring. You can also visit Gibson Mill, a flagship eco-friendly visitor centre, open Tuesdays - Thursdays and weekends from 1 April. For more information contact: 01422 844518. Downloadable walk available at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks
Kingston Lacey in Dorset - The 2.5-mile woodland walk and lime walk on the estate are a great place to see the annual show of bluebells. For more information contact: 01202 883402.
Lanhydrock in Cornwall - At the start of the 1.5-mile Great Wood and Avenue Walk you’ll come across the bluebell wood, famed for its carpet of colour in spring. For more information contact: 01208 265950.
Lyme Park in Cheshire - Wander up West Park Drive and enjoy a glorious bluebell display during May - along with great views across the Cheshire Plain. For more information contact:01663 762023.
Nap Wood in Sussex - A tranquil woodland oasis along an ancient track way of the Weald, which possibly date back to the first few centuries AD. Mature tall trees tower above while a dense carpet of bluebells brightens the woodland floor in spring. Downloadable walk available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks. For more information contact: 01892 893868
Osterley Park in Isleworth, Middlesex - One of the last surviving country estates in London, the garden and park are the perfect retreat from London life. The bluebells appear late spring around the south and west woods. For more information contact: 020 8232 5050.
Rowallane Garden in County Down - Be inspired by this enchanting garden which reflects the beautiful natural landscape of the surrounding area. Take a tranquil walk around the spring garden and the woodland trail, carpeted with bluebells in May. For more information contact: 028 9751 0131.
Speke Hall in Merseyside - Take a wander through the estate to Stocktons Wood where you’ll see a fantastic display of bluebells; keep going to be rewarded with great views of the Mersey estuary. For more information contact: 0844 800 4799.
Stourhead in Wiltshire - One of the finest landscape gardens in the world, created in the 1740s by Henry Hoare II. Bluebells are abundant throughout the Estate and give wonderful displays through the wooded glades. Park Hill Camp is a circular 3 mile walk through the magnificent woodland. Downloadable walk available from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walks. For more information contact: 01747 841152.
The Weir near Hereford - A wonderful informal garden situated on the steeply-sloping, south-facing bank of the River Wye. Richly planted with an abundance of bulbs, providing colour throughout spring, including bluebells. For more information contact:01981 590509.
Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey - Buried amidst the gorgeous collection of trees and shrubs is the old English bluebell wood, which slopes down to the lake beneath a canopy of oak and Japanese maple. All paths are hard-surfaced for wheelchairs and buggies. For more information contact: 01483 208477.
Step into a beautiful blue spring in National Trust bluebell woods and walks
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