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9 GREAT PLACES TO SEE BLUEBELLS THIS SPRING…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 24 Mar 2023

The UK is home to more than half the world’s population of bluebells and Surrey’s woodlands are prime locations.

The bluebell season varies slightly each year depending on weather conditions (I’m thinking it might be later this year!). However, it roughly runs from mid-April until early May and provides an enchanting display for a limited number of weeks.

Here are some places in and around the area to view this beautiful natural spectacle.

Horton Country Park

Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve covers over 152 hectares and is a renowned bluebell hotspot. The ancient woodland of Pond Wood is just one spot where you’ll find a host of bluebells.

On Sunday 30th, April you can enjoy a guided walk through the woods of Horton Country Park. Join a member of the Countryside Team at the Information Centre at 2.00 pm (walk last approximately two hours).

Take a look here for more information on the Bluebell Walk: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/bluebell-walk

Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PL

 

Banstead Woods

These ancient woodlands have something lovely all year round, but one of my favourite times to visit is mid-spring time when you can catch a fantastic bluebell display.

Whilst there you can take part in the nature trail and the Narnia trail. You can download the Narnia trail map here and the nature trail (which takes you through bluebell hotspots) here.

Holly Lane, Nr Chipstead, CR5 3NR

Chiphouse Wood

Photo by Diana Parkhouse on Unsplash

This is a new one for me, but has been referenced many times for its bluebells. Chiphouse Wood is managed by the Woodland Trust and can be found near Tadworth. Approximately half of the wood is ancient, semi natural woodland. The ground flora in this area of the wood is dominated by bluebells in the spring.

Find out more here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/chiphouse-wood/ 

Polesden Lacey 

 

Bluebells are dotted about all over the Preserve Copse within the Polesden Lacey gardens. However you’ll find them in abundance if you follow one of the four way-marked walks, which take you a little further afield across the 1,400-acre estate to the shadier areas of ancient woodlands.

The Ranmore Common walk is highly recommended and is signposted with blue markers and butterflies on the paths.

For more details go to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey 

Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

Ashtead Common 

Ashtead Common, looked after by the City of London Corporation, is a 500 acre ancient woodland, which is one of four National Nature Reserves in the county. It 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 home to a beautiful array of bluebells, anemones and wood sorrel.

More information here

Woodfield Rd, Ashtead KT21 2DU (car park at Ashtead Railway Station plus Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road)

Headley Heath

Headley Heath is another are managed by the National Trust. It’s a lovely mix of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland. There is a family-friendly trail, which takes you through the woodlands and valleys (and lesser known parts of Headley Heath) where you can enjoy a vibrant display of bluebells in season. The Bluebell walk is three miles long and takes approximately an hour and a half.

Headley Common Rd, Epsom KT18 6NN

Langley Vale Wood 

Langley Vale Wood is one of the Woodland Trust’s four First World War Centenary Woods. It consists of 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields. Great Hurst Wood, on the southern edge, is an ancient woodland with ash, oak, beech and sweet chestnut, and has an excellent bluebell display in spring.

There is no parking on site currently (although it is coming very soon – keep an eye on the Facebook page for the latest details), so it’s best to go to the Epsom Downs and walk from there. Here is the rough address:  Headley Rd, Ashtead, Epsom KT18 6DHSite entrances to the north of Langley Vale Wood are accessed via public bridleways BW127, BW33 and BW138 from the Epsom and Walton Downs.

More details here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/langley-vale-wood/

Little Wix Wood (Hatchlands Park) 

In season, ‘Little Wix Wood’ at the eastern edge of Hatchlands Park (National Trust) boasts one of the finest bluebell woods in the area; stretching from one end of the wood to the other. This small, quiet patch of ancient semi-natural woodland additionally features sweet chestnut, ash, oak, birch and hornbeam.

The 1.8 mile Wix Wood walk incorporates Little Wix Wood (step 5). The Hatchlands Park Twitter and Facebook feeds usually include updates about when the bluebells are coming into bloom.

📷 @neetschapman

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT  

Painshill

 

 

 

 

 

The 18th century landscaped gardens at Painshill are a great place to visit at any time, but in April and May its woodlands are awash with bluebells. To catch the spectacle, walk through the woodland behind the Ruined Abbey then head over the Five Arch Bridge and up to the Turkish Tent.

More details about Painshill here: https://www.painshill.co.uk/ 

Guide to when and where to see spring flowers here: https://www.painshill.co.uk/see-spring-flowers/ 

Cobham, KT11 1JE

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Do you know of other great places in the area, which are a bluebell hotspot? Please let us know so we can include. 

Enjoy your bluebell walks!

Fran x

Main image credit: Little Pip Photography

* Enjoy this beautiful natural spectacle but be careful where you tread and stick to paths where possible. Bluebell bulbs are easily damaged by trampling and this stops them being able to reproduce in subsequent years.

 
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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog - https://www.vinocibo.co.uk/

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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