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Bright and beautiful bluebell woods

My guide to the prettiest local bluebell woods and forests near you.

Uh-oh, I have a feeling this list will be highly contentious but let’s do it anyway!

We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods in Oxon and Bucks, so I’ve drawn up this list really as a prompt, as these stunning fields of blue are already coming out and only last a few weeks.

If you think there is a horrific omission, a crime against nature no less, let me know and I’ll put it on the list and if you visit any of the places I suggest, please let me know your thoughts!

Right then (*gulp*), here we go.

Greys Court, Henley

Not only a magically pretty National Trust building and gardens well worth a visit in its own right, but the Greys Court Spinney Woods are a sea of English bluebells, it’s an extrordinariliy beautiful site. Here’s my post about the bluebells at Greys Court from 2015 (an oldie but a goodie!). The walk itself is either a toddler friendly 750 metres or a more stretchy 2-3k depending on how you’re feeling.

Cowsleaze Woods, nr Watlington
This lovely wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. Plenty of paths to explore and a lovely option for little kids, with all the red kites flying around. But anywhere up near Christmas Common will provide stunning bluebells.

Badbury Clump, nr Faringdon
A spectacular display of bluebells among the beech trees at Badbury Hill and Badbury Clump. Badbury Clump is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort from about 600BC with woodland paths and trails perfect for families, with a free car park nearby.

Foxholes, nr Burford


Ancient woodland 4 miles south of Burford, with an easy circular Wildlife Walk (1.75 miles) and carpets of bluebells in May, plus seven types of bat if you time your trip towards the end of the day!

Wendover Wood, Wendover
My local go-to bluebell display, this 325 hectare wood has a cafe, Go Ape, riding trails, children’s woodland play area and displays of bluebells on the extensive paths. You can easily spend a whole day up here, so go when it’s sunny to make the most of the facilities.

Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted
Yeah yeah I know, it’s just over the border into Herts, but the lovely 2000 hectare Ashridge Estate is awash with the little blue flowers over the next month. It’s all lovely and bikeable and there’s a decent outdoor cafe too.

Also worth visiting: Adams Wood, between Frieth and Skirmett a few miles east of Christmas Common; the coppiced beech wood of Low Scrubs near Coombe Hill, just south of Wendover; the display in the circular wooded walk of the Harcourt Arboretum; Magdalen College Oxford;  and any others you care to suggest in the comment box below!

Joanna x

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