Where to find Britain's famous bluebells

Tuesday 26 April 2016

The bluebell has long been voted Britain’s favorite flower, and when you see a woodland carpeted with these pretty, delicate flowers it’s easy to see why. Around half of the world's bluebell forests are in Great Britain with more than 1,000 in England alone. These mystical sapphire flowers are often found in ancient woodlands or near ancient or medieval structures. Feast your eyes on this enchanting exhibition of nature and enjoy the magic of a world carpeted in blue.

Bluebells will lead you to the top!

Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
2.5-hour train journey from Newcastle 

Located in the North York Moors National Park in northern England, Roseberry Topping is a spectacular summit that will reward hikers with sweeping views of North Yorkshire. But the reward is in the journey here, as the path leading to the peak is carpeted with vibrant bluebells throughout the park’s Cliff Ridge Woods and Newton Wood. Perfect for adventure seekers, this part of England offers incredible hikes, history, and carpets of bluebells.


A quick outing to the country

Ashridge Estate, Buckinghamshire
45-minute train journey from London

You might not believe that you can find such a bucolic place just outside London. After a 45-minute train from the capital city, you can discover Ashridge Estate in Buckinghamshire. This is the perfect place to go if you would like to see nature’s blue presentation alongside a stately home and ancient trees. Bluebell enthusiasts flock to this location every spring, but newcomers can benefit from ranger-led walks that will let you discover all there is to know about the estate and its stunning flora. Bonus: the estate is open every day from dawn till dusk.


Fortresses and flowers

Coed Cefn, Abergavanney
1-hour train journey from Cardiff

You may have heard that Wales is the ‘Land of Castles’, but you might not know that its natural beauty just might rival its medieval architecture for jaw-dropping sights. One of the best Welsh displays of bluebells can be seen in this ancient woodland beneath a canopy of oak and beech trees. Luckily, visitors won’t have to choose between nature or culture, as Coed Cefn in Abergavanney has its own Iron Age hilltop fortress to explore amongst the flowers. 


A royal estate’s floral display

Blickling Hall, Norfolk
4.5-hour train journey from London

You just might lose your head when you see the breath-taking bluebell display at the estate that was once home to Anne Boleyn's family. Though Anne was one of the unlucky wives of Henry VIII, she did get to enjoy her beautiful home, Blickling Hall in Norfolk, as a young girl. Visitors can now visit the estate and enjoy the picturesque woodlands which promise fabulous displays of the jewel-colored flowers. After seeing the estate, spend some time along the Norfolk coast for beautiful sea views and delicious fish and chips.


Bluebells for the whole family

Arlington Bluebell Walk, Sussex
2 hour train journey from London

There are 7 different walks you can take on the stunning Arlington Bluebell Walk in southern England. The winding trails lead through lovely woodlands and across working farms. Animal lovers of all ages can visit the dairy cows, angora goats, pigs and sheep that live among the bluebells. The trails are of varying lengths, so you and your brood can stop by for a quick visit or choose to spend the whole day. Just 2 hours away by train, this makes for a wonderful day trip from London for the whole family.    

Not visiting Britain during bluebell season? You can still experience the great outdoors and scenic landscapes any time of the year.


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