Ding-a-ling! The best local bluebell walks
Yep, the woods and cliffs are calling and they're saying it's time to hit one of these brilliant bluebell hotspots around the county.
Beckland Woods, Hartland Peninsula
The whole of the Hartland Peninsula is a bluebell bonanza but if you prefer yours with a clifftop stomp and off-the-scale coastal views across Bideford Bay this is your go to. It’s dog friendly – a two-mile circular stomp with the remains of an ancient hill fort to see at a blowy 330ft above sea level. Alternatively, park at the nearby NT car park at Brownsham and take the windy path through equally bluebell-filled Brownsham Woods.
Hembury Fort, Payhembury, nr Honiton
A Neolithic Iron Age hill fort in the Blackdown Hills, only recently rediscovered and now a scheduled monument and cared for by a special management team. It’s also bluebell heaven now, offering an easy circular walk with heaps of interesting historical interpretation thrown in. Access is via public footpath off the A373.
Lady’s Wood, South Brent
A happy half-hour ramble up the gentle slopes of a Wildlife Trust reserve, on the edge of Dartmoor. If you can bear to peel your eyes off the little blue fellas and look up, you might be lucky enough to spy a dormouse or two in the tree branches, which being nocturnal spend their days snoozing. Apparently, they spend three-quarters of the year asleep. Maybe the Wildlife Trust would like to adopt my teens? They’d fit right in.
RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington
No intro needed for Rosemoor but did you know it has a bluebell wood as one of its charms? All thanks to the RHS cleverly persuading the local school children to plant a whopping 70,000 bluebells under the beech trees at Torrington Wood. Impressive.
Borough Woods, Ilfracombe
Jammy North Devon has more blue carpets than Axminster at this time of year and this ancient wood is bursting at the seams – not just with bluebells but native orchids, wood anemone and ferns and wildlife. It’s practically an Utterly Butterly ad.
Wembury Woods, Wembury
Another one with great watery views – of the stunning River Realm – so a brilliant National Trust stomp all year round but with the extra reward of getting to weave your way though swathes of blue beauties in the spring.
Emsworthy Mire, Dartmoor
Swerve the crowds at Haytor and head for the hills towards Widecombe in the Moor to find this gently sloping valley and your bluebell fix, along with the atmospheric ruins of a moorland farm dating back to the 19th century.
Where have we missed? Don’t keep it to yourself now – let us know your favourite bluebell hotspot in the comments below.