Where to See the Bluebells Next Spring
East Sussex Woodlands
Arlington Bluebell Walk, East Sussex from mid-April to early May. Swathes of blue carpet the fields and woodlands at Arlington where there are 8 walks of differing degrees over 3 farms. The Blue Walk is gravelled and suitable for wheelchair users, and mobility scooters are available for hire. Stay at Fuggles Cottage near Robertsbridge, a delightful cottage for couples for a weekend break filled with romantic bluebell walks.
Bluebells and the Sea
The bluebells stretch from the walled gardens to the sea at Hartland Abbey in North Devon and visitors are welcome, especially on their legendary Bluebell Days in late April and early May. Circular walks through the grounds include a stroll to, home of the Dashwood family in the 2007 film of Sense & Sensibility. Bring friends and family and stay nearby at South Clay in Abbotsham (a large, luxury 5-star holiday cottage on the North Devon coast that sleeps 10.
Sloping gently down to the River Evenlode, Foxholes Nature Reserve in Oxfordshire is a peaceful woodland haven filled to bursting with Bluebells. Once part of the ancient Wychwood Forest, a carpet of blue spreads under the trees in spring. Stay nearby at The Chestnuts, a large eco-holiday cottage with an urban-chic feel. (Sleeps 10) Weekend breaks from £600.
A Devonshire Blue Bell Carpet
Back in North Devon, the banner photograph is of the magnificent bluebell carpeted Harford Wood near Landkey in North Devon - a glorious walk from mid April to early May. Start and finish from the Castle Inn in Landkey for a thirst quenching pint of local ale or the Willows Tea Rooms a few doors further along if a calorie-filled Devonshire cream tea is more preferable.
Stay at Barn Cottage, a rural holiday let between Exmoor and the picturesque market town of South Molton