10 of the prettiest places to spot bluebells in the Cotswolds
PUBLISHED: 11:12 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 01 May 2018
Marking the arrival of sunny days and warmer weather, spring has truly begun once we spot a beautiful display of bluebells. We pick 10 places in and around the Cotswolds to marvel at the pretty blue flower
During the spring months, Frith Wood nature reserve welcomes swathes of beautiful bluebells and wild garlic which carpet the woodland floor. A short drive from Stroud, on the B4070 near Bull’s Cross, the nature reserve comprises an ancient beech wood with rare plants and a number of routes for ramblers to enjoy.
2. Croome, near High Green, Worcester
Managed by the National Trust, Croome is a stunningly grand landscape boasting enviable views over the Malvern Hills. At the heart of the parkland stands the formidable Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry. Lakeside walks, with the dog by your side, are delightful all year round but once mid-April arrives, expect to admire clusters of pretty bluebells dotting your feet around the Temple Greenhouse in the Church Shrubbery and the Island Pavilion at the lake.
3. Siccaridge Wood, near Sapperton
Although a pleasure to explore whatever time of year, there’s something particularly special about Siccaridge Wood when spring arrives. The 26 hectares of woodland not only boast ash, silver birch and beech trees, common and rare flowers, and an abundance of wildlife but also become home to an impressive display of bluebells when winter comes to an end.
4. Midger Wood nature reserve, near Hillesley
With the arrival of spring, Midger Wood becomes awash with colour when gorgeous bluebells, bright primroses and wild garlic line the ground. The nature reserve is located just off the A46, near Lower and Upper Kilcott but couldn’t feel further from a busy main road. For a reflective walk, and the chance to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet, Midger Wood is ideal.
5. Lower Woods, near Wickwar
A certain sign that summer is nearing is the sight of beautiful bluebells dotting the ground; and the vast landscape of Lower Woods between Wickwar and Hawkesbury Upton off Inglestone Common harbours plenty from late April. One of the largest ancient woodlands in the south-west of England, and the largest managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Woods covers three square kilometres with woods and coppices as well as grassy areas and woodland flora.
6. Coughton Court, near Alcester
Whatever the time of the year, the striking, 15th century Tudor house and beautiful gardens of Coughton Court are a popular day out for families and history buffs alike. Once spring arrives, Timm’s Grove, or Coughton Court’s bluebell wood, becomes awash with the delicate blue flower for visitors to admire.
7. Lassington Woods, near Highnam
With woodland paths lined with thousands of bluebells to your left and right, Lassington Woods near Highnam is a stunning sight to behold from mid-April. The undisturbed woodland is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment, and lose yourself in the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
A walk in the valley of Woodchester Park will appease countryside walkers, wildlife lovers and history buffs alike. Waymarked trails lead through picturesque scenery, including a 19th century boathouse, secluded woodland and the eerily beautiful, and unfinished Woodchester Mansion. During the spring months, the woodland floor becomes home to row upon row of pretty bluebells.
9. Foxholes nature reserve, near Burford
On the arrival of May, Foxholes nature reserve becomes a stunning spectacle of blue when thousands of bluebells cover the woodland floor. The woodland near Burford is well-known for it’s a wonderful array of wild flowers and fungi; expect to see primroses, violets, early-purple orchids, foxgloves and autumn colour throughout the year.
10. Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham
Steeped in history, and archaeological curiosity, there’s plenty to discover on the incline up to the top of Leckhampton Hill. Also famed for its mesmerising views over the town, during the spring months, several spots along the hill welcome a beautiful display of bluebells.