6 of the best bluebell walks
Bluebell season is one of the natural highlights of the English calendar - don't you think? And luckily for you, there are some wonderful woodlands that are still open to the public. Escape the craziness and soak up the calming swathes of spring flowers on your daily walk.
*Please check the latest information before beginning your walk, and only head to these gorgeous groves if they are within walking distance. Stay safe.*
Sherrardspark Wood, Welwyn Garden City
These 200 acres of volunteer-managed woodland are buzzing with wildlife amongst the ancient oak and hornbeam trees – so old is the wood in fact, that it is mentioned in the Domesday Book!
Photo: Josh Kubale
Landpark Wood, Whipsnade
While there are fab displays here, the woods aren’t extensive. You can take this in as part of a longer jaunt though. There’s a circular walk from Whipsnade Heath via Dunstable Downs.
Whippendell Wood, Watford
Follow the footpath from Cassiobury Park across the West Herts Golf Club to find this pretty woodland spot, where bluebells fill the old WWII bomb craters – call me soppy but it seems like nature’s tribute to the fallen.
Post Wood, Ware
Dating back to the 1600s (they think!), this really is an ancient woodland and it’s very well known for its little blue visitors in May. There’s a circular walk around the wood itself, or you can cut across the woodland glade, where you’re likely to spot some pretty pink anemones, too.
Gobions Woods, Potters Bar
You’ll find more ancient woodlands here with bluebells aplenty as well as wood anemones, plus the remnants of some 18th century pleasure gardens.
King’s Wood and Rammamere Heath, near Leighton Buzzard
Part of the largest area of deciduous woodland in Bedfordshire, you’ll find primroses and lily-of-the-valley dotted between the swathes of bluebells on this 15th century site, as well as seasonal ponds, the occasional woodpecker and a flurry of butterflies darting amongst the flowers. Sounds rather idyllic, doesn’t it?
Panshanger Park, Hertford
Once a privately owned estate, this now Grade II* park and garden opened to the public just five years ago. There’s loads to explore here including remnants of the old estate, as well as wetland and grassland habitats, but it’s at Lady Hughes’ Woods that you’ll find the best bluebell displays.