Thursday 27 February 2020

11 of the best places to see bluebells in Gloucestershire

Get your spring flower fix at 11 of the best places to see bluebells in Gloucestershire.

A sure sign of spring, bluebells are beginning to bloom and blanket woodland areas across Gloucestershire.

As almost half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, why not take a woodland walk with the help of SoGlos’s round up of 11 of the best places to see bluebells in the county.

1. Westonbirt Arboretum

Home to over 15,000 trees, Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, is a prime spot for bluebell growth and visitors can follow the dog-friendly Silk Wood trail to see them in all their glory.

As well as the native British bluebells, visitors can discover over 2,500 different plant species from across the world and take to the treetop walkway 13metres up in the canopy.

2. Painswick Rococo Gardens

Famous for its snowdrops, the 18th century garden, the only complete surviving rococo garden in the country, has been gradually planting bluebell bulbs each year in its woodland.

Visitors and their dogs can follow the Bluebell Walk and explore its unusual buildings before enjoying a ‘full works’ hot chocolate in the café.

3. Lassington Woods, Highnam

Just east of Highnam, this ancient woodland is renowned for being home to the rare spotted woodpecker and for its wild bluebell growth.

Many footpaths criss-cross the Lassington Woods, which is easily found by following signage from Oakridge.

4. Frith Wood Nature Reserve, Stroud

With the smell of wild garlic in the air, take one of a number of routes at Frith Wood and enjoy the sight of swathes of bluebells.

Perfect for a spring walk, the 24 hectares of ancient beech woodland lie on a ridge that overlooks Painswick Valley and Slad Valley.

5. Dover’s Hill, Chipping Camden

Bluebells grow in the woods at the foot of popular walking destination Dover’s Hill, which marks the start, or finish, of the Cotswold Way.

While you are there, take a walk up the hill to the viewpoint, which stands at 230 metres above sea level, for views of picture-perfect Cotswold countryside.

6. Siccaridge Wood, Stroud

Located between the Cotswold villages of Sapperton and Oakridge, Siccaridge Wood is home to carpets of bluebells that sit under 26 acres of beautiful silver birch, beech and ash trees.

The wood is managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, and is home to many protected species including the common dormouse and fallow and roe deer.

7. Robinswood Hill Country Park

Take a picnic and embark on the two-hour woodland trail around the country park to see its offering of bluebells, keeping an eye out for wildlife including green woodpeckers, speckled wood butterflies and whitethroats.

Head up the hill for spectacular views of the Severn Bridge, the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains.

8. Batsford Arboretum

As well as bluebells growing in its shady glades, other spring plants at dog-friendly Batsford Arboretum include wild garlic and grape hyacinths.

Take the kids along who will be entertained by the children’s trail and play area, and finish with a browse of the plant shop and a coffee in the Garden Terrace Café.

9. Woodchester Park

From the car park, history and flower lovers can take the almost four-mile Boathouse walk around the secluded wooded valley at Woodchester Park.

As well as bluebells, keep an eye out for the estate’s 19th century boathouse and unfinished gothic mansion.

10. Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Although famed for its roses, Kiftsgate Court Gardens is also home to the spectacular Bluebell Wood located to the side of its drive.

2019 is the 100-year anniversary of the stunning gardens, the creation of three generations of female gardeners, making this spring the time to visit.

11. Dean Heritage Centre

Have a fun family day out in the Forest of Dean, home to some of the country’s most spectacular bluebell displays, at the Dean Heritage Centre in Soudley.

From the centre, take the approximately one-hour bluebell-lined walk through the Soudley Woodland to the Wenchford Picnic Site to see the flowers in full bloom.

By Alex Boulton

© SoGlos
Wednesday 03 April 2019

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