Enjoy a bloomin’ beautiful walk in a bluebell woodland near you this spring

Bluebell woodlands

7 bloomin’ beautiful bluebell woodlands to visit this spring

When spring arrives and you're eager to get outside, there's nothing quite like stumbling upon a sea of bluebells under a canopy of fresh green. Fortunately, there are plenty of bluebell woodlands near you just waiting to be explored. So, if you’re all about taking snaps that will make your Instagram grid pop, get a date in your diary and head to one of our top bluebell woodlands near you this season! 

1. Mortimer Forest, Shropshire

Mortimer Forest puts on a stunning show in spring, particularly on Climbing Jack trail where you’ll be greeted by a violet sea of bluebells and incredible panoramic views in all directions. There are a variety of routes to suit all abilities, but this 9-mile trail is our favourite by far. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or a nature enthusiast, Mortimer Forest promises a magical bluebell walk that will leave you wanting to linger longer than you planned.

Bluebell woodland in Mortimer Forest
Bluebell woodland in Westonbirt Arboretum
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2. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire 

Westonbirt Arboretum provides incredible pops of colour whatever the season and spring is no different. Head on over to Silk Wood to enjoy a magnificent bluebell walk and take in the glorious sights and smells of springtime. Here, it's not just the bluebells getting all the attention – Westonbirt Arboretum is packed with trees from every corner of the globe, making every turn a new discovery. Did you know that bluebells are associated with ancient woodland? The abundance of bluebells in Silk Wood is an indication that this woodland has been around for centuries. 

3. Chawton Park Wood, Hampshire

If you’re in the South-East, this bluebell woodland near you is not to be missed this spring. As you meander through the trees, you'll encounter a breathtaking display of bluebells carpeting the forest floor. This picturesque woodland is also home to a hidden literary secret, for these were the woods in which Jane Austen took her regular strolls. Follow in her footsteps through mighty beech trees and stunning Norway maples.

Bluebell woodland in Chawton Wood

Remember bluebells are easily damaged, so do stick to trails and paths to avoid treading on these spring beauties.

Bluebell woodland in Bedgebury Pinetum

4. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is home to the largest pinetum in the world and boasts a mix of glorious bluebells and towering conifers. It is a beautiful place all year round but springtime at Bedgebury is truly breathtaking. With trails that cater to both the casual walker and the bike-riding adventurer, you’ve got choices on how to take in the scenery. So, grab some pals and a picnic and head to Bedgebury for your next adventure.

5. Hamsterley Forest, County Durham 

Hamsterley Forest is a delightful 2,000 hectare oasis, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Whether you're seeking solitude in nature or embarking on an adventure with friends or family, Hamsterley Forest’s Riverside Trail offers a captivating bluebell walk along the banks of Bedburn beck. Early risers may be lucky enough to spot roe deer feeding, adders basking on rocks or even salmon leaping upstream! 

Bluebell woodland

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A bluebell woodland

6. Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

Experience the breathtaking beauty of a bluebell woodland near the centre of Northampton. Salcey Forest boasts a rich and colourful history as well as a glorious display of bluebells. Wander along the Woodpecker Trail, a scenic 6-mile route, lined with delicate bluebells during springtime. Amidst this floral spectacle, be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife that call this ancient forest home, including deer and magnificent red kites.

7. West Woods, Wiltshire

Tucked away south of Marlborough lies West Woods, a hidden gem of a bluebell woodland brimming with ancient charm. Come late spring, the forest bursts into life with a dazzling display of bluebells, drawing nature lovers far and wide. With a bunch of walking trails to meander through, including easy-access options, there's no shortage of adventure.

Bluebell woodland in West Wood

Help us care for bluebells in the nation’s forests

Did you know that our native bluebells are a protected species in the UK? Leave them for everyone to enjoy and don’t pick them, as it is prohibited to damage or dig up bluebells under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). As bluebells can be easily damaged, always stick to paths while you’re enjoying a bluebell walk. Thank you for helping us make sure these beautiful woodland flowers will flourish for many years to come!

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