Bright and beautiful bluebell woods
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 Wiltshire, 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.
Not only a magically pretty Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden well worth a visit in its own right, the ancient woods are a sea of English bluebells. Explore the 2,650 acres of the Stourhead estate, whose picturesque landscape garden has been described as ‘a living work of art’. Plenty of wildlife roam the woods too, although the glorious bluebells steal the show.
Clanger Wood, Westbury
The Clanger & Picket Woods are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the plants and wildlife they support (butterflies, bats, birds and buzzards) but most importantly for this time of year, it has a wonderful display of native bluebells.
On the outskirts of Wilton, Grovely Wood forms part of the Wilton estate and truly comes to life when the bluebells come to town.
West Woods, Marlborough
Famed for spectacular carpets of bluebells in spring, these woods are over 1000 acres. Better yet, there’s tea and cake on offer in the car park!
Sandy Lane through to Lacock
Travel from the pretty village of Sandy Lane with its thatched cottages towards Lacock and you’ll be greeted with beautiful displays of bluebells in Wheelers Wood as you descend Bowden Hill towards the village. Oh, don’t forget to pop into Sign of the Angel while you’re there!
The gardens of Bowood come to life with bluebells when the rhododendron gardens open up for the season. A proper treat.
Mortimores Wood, Chippenham
These woods date back to the 12th century. Catch ’em when the bluebells are out – it’s the best time.
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.
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
OK, so technically this little baby sneaks us over the border but there’s loads to see here, from Iron Age forts to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road. The two-and-a-half-mile woodland walk is a great place to see the annual display of bluebells.