Walks And Walking – National Trust Spring Walks
It will soon be the time when most walkers will be out hunting for the hyacinthoides non-scripta, or as it is known in English the bluebell. The bluebell is traditionally found in the more ancient woodlands where it produces a delightful carpet of violet–blue flowers in “bluebell woods”, which are actually protected under UK law.
I normally visit Epping Forest when it is bluebell time of year, traditionally in the Spring between late March to May, and my favourite place to go for a bluebell walk is Gilwell Park. Here is a list of the best National Trust Spring Walks in Bluebell Woods and places to visit that I found on their website, with some useful links to their visitor information pages or social media accounts.
Danbury Commons and Blakes Wood – Essex
This National Trust commonland consists of heathland, gorse and coppice that adjoins the ancient Epping Forest woodlands, where the bluebells are left to flourish in the Springtime. Blakes Wood includes streams, valleys, mature oak and chestnut and coppiced hornbeam. Danbury Common is a well maintained nature reserve leased to the Essex Wildlife trust. You can find out more about them here.
Ashridge Estate – Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire
This National Trust countryside estate is on the Chiltern Hills on the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. There are several thousand hectares of woodlands, commons and chalk downs to explore with plenty of wildlife available to spot when walking. There’s a great video on their website here and you can follow the Ashridge Estate on twitter here.
Leigh Woods – Bristol
This National Trust bluebell wood can be found on a plateau just above the Avon Gorge in Bristol with designated pathways that lead you right to the spot. There are many other walking routes available with fabulous views out across the city and famous suspension bridge. You can find Leigh Woods on facebook here.
This National Trust estate is found in one of my favourite places to walk, Bodmin in Cornwall, and covers a thousand acres of parkland, woods and riverside pathways. There are various walking routes available with walking guides available from Lanyydrock’s reception area. For more visitor information and pictures go here.
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