Bluebell Walks Near You: 8 Routes To Try
Nowhere in the world gets quite the profusion of bluebells that we do here in the UK. Aren't we lucky?
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If you want to see the Chilterns at their finest, we recommend you head for Hambleden between Henley and Marlow. Starting off at the excellent Stag & Huntsman pub, there’s a lovely 4-mile route here that packs in views of the Thames Valley and a wander through the aptly named Great Wood, where you can expect to see oodles of bluebells in bloom.
As featured in Pub Walks in the Chilterns, in which you'll find a total of 20 classic routes, with maps & detailed info for each.
Igtham Mote, Kent
There are so many reasons to love this corner of Kent. Our favourite route starts and ends at Igtham Mote, one of the loveliest moated houses in the country, and takes you through ancient woodland that’s carpeted with wild spring flowers (wood sorrel, wood anemone and celandine as well the mighty bluebell), via Old Soar Manor (a knight’s house built in 1290) and beautiful Shipbourne Common. At this point you could do worse than stop for refreshments at The Chaser Inn.
As featured in Kent Year Round Walks, in which you'll find 20 circular walks in the Kent countryside, with recommendations for all seasons.
Starting in the village of Hayfield and setting off on the Sett Valley Way, you’ll scarcely have made inroads into this walk before you get to Bluebell Wood. With a name like that it has to deliver, and happily it does. If you only get that far before turning back we don’t blame you.
We do, however, recommend you carry on along the 4.5-mile course that takes you over the River Sett, along the Pennine Bridleway, up to Blackshaw Farm and back. This is a stunning spring walk.
As featured in Peak District Year Round Walks, which contains 20 circular walks across the Peak District, with recommendations for all seasons.
Starting at the Lister Arms in Malham, there’s a lovely triangular 4-mile route that takes you up to Janet’s Foss waterfall, over to Malham Cove and then back down to your starting position. The first side of that triangle, up to the waterfall, takes you through some ancient woodland where you’ll see and abundance of wild garlic and, of course, bluebells.As featured in Yorkshire Dales – 30 Pub Walks, which contains 30 circular walks across the Dales, with maps & detailed info for each.
Arger Fen, Suffolk
This ancient woodland and low-lying fen is a wonderful mix of blue and light green hues in the springtime. Starting at the Arger Fen main entrance, we love the 5-mile route that takes you up through Spouse’s Vale Nature Reserve, to Mill Farm and back, allowing for ample bluebell spotting along the way.
As featured in Suffolk Year Round Walks, which contains 20 circular walks across Suffolk, with recommendations for all seasons.
The Langdon Hills, Essex
The free car park at Langdon Hills Country Park is the convenient starting point for a 5-mile route, along which bluebells and anemones in the thickly wooded areas will compete for your attention with the views across the Thames estuary to Kent. Also, look out for Vange Wells as you head northeast from the starting point. The derelict temple-like structure you see here is what’s left of the former enterprise of Edwin Cash, a shady entrepreneur who bottled and sold mineral water of questionable quality here in the 1920s.
As featured in Essex Year Round Walks, which contains 20 circular routes across Essex, with recommendations for all seasons.
Battle & Powdermill Wood, East Sussex
As quintessential an English springtime walk as you could hope to find, this varied circuit begins in Mount Street, Battle, takes you past centuries-old houses and the historic abbey, before leaving town and taking you southwest to Powdermill Wood, where bluebells bloom in their thousands. From here, you can head south to Strumblet’s Wood before heading north back to Battle. It’s 4.5 miles in total and every step is a treat.
As featured in East Sussex Year Round Walks, which contains 20 circular routes across the county, with recommendations for all seasons.
There is nowhere quite like Pamphill, where you start this superb walk – and in spring there’s arguably no better place to see bluebells in bloom. The village has slumbered peacefully through the centuries almost untouched by time, with only a scattering of mainly deep-thatched, half-timbered cottages and farms set among the open greens of a still medieval landscape. From the village the walk descends into the Stour Valley to follow the riverside rich in wildlife before crossing an ancient green and taking a sunken path back to Pamphill. But before you reach the village a path leads you to the highlight of this walk, Abbot Street Copse, where a sea of bluebells awaits.
As featured in Dorset Year Round Walks, which contains 20 circular routes across Dorset, with recommendations for all seasons.
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- Alex Batho