Beautiful Bluebells: Where to see them
Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up across Rutland and Leicestershire. Here's where to find the best of them on your sprightly springtime walk.
Spring is in the air, and ain’t it gorgeous? There are lots of places to get your fix of the little blue fellas. Here are 10 of the best hotspots to visit now.
Whatton House Gardens,Loughborough
There’s 15 acres of gorgeous garden to enjoy including picnic areas, woodland walks and a Chinese garden complete with a terracotta warrior. Now is a great time to head here, as many of the trees are decked in blossom and there’s also bluebells in abundance. Open from 24 April.
Stoneywell, Markfield, Leicestershire
The National Trust’s property is a gem in itself but head out to the garden and surrounding woodland and you’ll see a sea of English bluebells under the foliage of the trees. They’re the perfect backdrop to the cottage itself.
Burroughs Wood, Ratby
The woods here are actually split in two; the southern part includes fairly new plants but the northern part is all ancient woodlands and where you’ll find a spectacular display of bluebells.
Great Merrible Wood, Uppingham
Adjacent to Eye Brook Reservoir, explore this ancient woodland and enjoy the wonderful show of springtime bluebells here .The wood is also teeming with Herb Paris, and broad-leaved and violet Helleborines making it a really spectacular site.
Launde Woods, Leicestershire
This ancient woodland is situated between Launde and Loddington in east Leicestershire. There’s a circular walk through the wood where you can discover beautiful bluebells covering the woodland floor as well as other wild plants. Stop off at the cafe to grab some coffee before you head out to explore.
The Outwoods, Loughborough
The Outwoods is 110 acres of ancient woodland to the north of Loughborough and is one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. Come at the right time in April/May and you’ll be amazed at the pretty display of bluebells which carpet the north side of the ancient woodland.
Charley Woods, north of Copt Oak, Leicestershire
A mosaic of ancient woodlands and nature reserve, it’s divided into three parts, Burrow Wood, Cat Hill Wood and the field between them. Visit now and you can get your bluebell fix.
Swithland Woods, Leicestershire
Just a stone’s throw away from Muddy Towers, the wood here covers an area of 170 acres and is home to a fair share of traditional native bluebells and there’s plenty of walking routes here too.
Barnsdale Woods, Rutland
A quieter spot, this ancient woodland is made even more beautiful when the bluebells are out in April/May.
Hambleton Woods, Rutland
The popular Hambleton circular trail not only has beautiful views across the water, but on it, you’ll pass the woods which are covered in swathes of bluebells. It also has a cycle route which makes for a jolly nice trip if you’re on two wheels.
Have I missed any local ones out? Do let me know in the comments below.