In search of beautiful bluebells

Walker with bluebells

The best time to see bluebells is in late April and May (although they may bloom earlier or later in some places) and the best way to see them is on undoubtedly on foot at a pace slow enough to enjoy them in all their glory.

Our local groups run bluebells walks every spring from short and leisurely strolls to more challenging walks up to 10 miles and over. You could join the Hampstead Ramblers as they hunt for bluebells in the Chiltern Hills or head off with the Swansea Ramblers in floral pursuit near Dinefwr castle.

If you like to organise your own walks for family and friends we’ve got plenty of walking routes featuring bluebells in our Ramblers Routes routes finder, from Niton on the Isle of Wight to the Waseley and Clent Hills near Birmingham and the Colne Valley in Essex to Chedworth in the Cotswolds.

Bluebells are mainly found in woodland and the Woodland Trust has put together a handy list of woods where you’ll find bluebells displays. Search for a bluebell wood near you or visit one of their top ten bluebell spots which include Coed Cefn in Powys and Glen Finglas in the Trossachs National Park.

When you’re out walking in the woods among carpets of bluebells you can also keep your eyes peeled for signs of ash dieback. For more information on how you can help identify and report cases of ash dieback visit www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara.