7 GREAT PLACES TO SEE BLUEBELLS THIS SPRING…
Posted by Francesca De Franco on 13 Apr 2021
The daffs and tulips have been in bloom for a while as a sign that spring is here, but for me the emergence of gorgeous bluebells really seals the deal on this beautiful season.
Generally running from mid-April until early May, the bluebell season varies a little every year depending on the weather.
There are plenty of places to see wonderful displays in the area and the surrounds, here are a few.
Horton Country Park
14 Farmside Pl, Epsom KT19 8GW
Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve – which covers 400 acres – is a renowned bluebell hotspot. Head to Pond Wood, which is an ancient woodland, and you’ll find a sea of bluebells. Similarly, you’ll see a great display in Butchers Grove. There is an abundance of other flora and fauna too.
In non-Covid times there are guided tours, but in the absence you can do a self-guided one. This route and map takes you through bluebell hotspots.
More information here
Woodfield Rd, Ashtead KT21 2DU (car park at Ashtead Railway Station plus Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road)
Part of the Epsom and Ashtead Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest, this 200-hectare ancient wooded common is made up of woodland, grassland, scrub and wetland and is home to over 50 different species of trees and shrubs. In season, the woodland is speckled with beautiful bluebells, anemones and wood sorrel.
More information here
Holly Lane, Nr Chipstead, CR5 3NR
These ancient woodlands are great all year round, but are home to a host of bluebells, wood anemones and celandines during the spring. Whilst there you can take part in the nature trail and the wonderful Narnia trail, which has fantastic chainsaw carvings of Aslan, the White Witch, Lucy and the iconic wardrobe (complete with wooden clothes).
More information here.
Headley Common Rd, Epsom KT18 6NN
Headley Heath is managed by the National Trust and is a lovely mix of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland. There is a specific Bluebell walk, which is three miles long and takes approximately an hour and a half. It takes you through some of the lesser known parts of Headley Heath and a number of bluebell displays.
Little Wix Wood
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT
Hatchlands Park is also a National Trust site. In season it boasts an abundance of beautiful springtime flowers and is home to Little Wix Wood ‘one of the very best bluebell woods around.’ The 1.8 mile Wix Wood walk takes you right through Little Wix Wood.
Langley Vale Wood
Headley Rd, Ashtead, Epsom KT18 6DB
Langley Vale Wood is one of the Woodland Trust’s four First World War Centenary Woods consisting of 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields. Great Hurst Wood is one of the three biggest woods at the site; this ancient woodland has a variety of trees and a great bluebell display in season.
There is no parking on site, so it’s best to go to the Epsom Downs and walk from there. More details here:
Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD
It’s a little further afield, but particularly worth a visit (especially in spring and autumn). If you take the Spring Walk you’ll hit the Bluebell Wood, which has a spectacular display. It’ll also take you through the Magnolia Wood. Again, check the site’s social media feeds to find out when they’re in bloom.
Enjoy your Bluebell walks, but remember they are a protected species so please look but don’t pick 🙂
Stay safe everyone.