The best bluebell walks
Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up in their thousands across Suffolk and Cambs. Here's where to find the best of them on your daily dose of exercise.
You’ve got one walk a day, so best make it gorgeous! We’re so lucky to have loads of beautiful bluebells in parks and woods across Suffolk and Cambs and whilst, sadly, a few are closed to the pubic this year, there are still loads of options to get your fix of the little blue fellas if you can reach them on foot from your front door. Here are 12 of the best hotspots that you can still visit during lockdown.
Gamsey Wood, nr Ramsey
This 10 acre patch of ancient woodland, five miles south west of Ramsey, is nestled in a working farm. It’s managed by the the Wildlife Trust for Cambs and Beds so there’s lovely unspoilt bluebell patches as well as an abundance of butterflies. Fun fact: some wild service trees in the area produce boozy berries that were once used to make alcohol *grabs coat*.
Brampton Wood, Huntingdon
This spot is old (900 years to be exact) and huuuuge (it’s Cambs’ second largest ancient wood doncha know). Brampton is always chock-a-block with the little blue fellas, wildlife, trees and unusual species and there are loads of different walking routes along footpaths.
Hayley Wood, Little Gransden
There’s more than just your pretty bluebells here. The ancient woods is home to unusual flowers including wood anemone and dog’s mercury (whatever that is). It’s also famed for its hundreds of species of fungi so watch out for surprises if you decide to go mushroom picking.
Thorpe Wood, Peterborough
I love it when I see a green gem in the middle of an urban jungle (well, Peterborough). This well maintained ancient woodland is just outside the city centre and has so many bluebells that a section of woodland and a trail is named after them. It’s great spot for a family walk with the dog in tow and you can even pick up some potent wild garlic along the way.
Grafham Water Reservoir, Huntingdon
Fancy a leisurely cycle with your bluebells? I’ve found just the spot. As well as being a prime location for birdwatching (if that’s what you’re in to) there’s a surfaced cycle track around the reservoir and nature reserve.
Gamlingay Wood, Gamlingay
Bluebells have been springing up ’round these parts for over 1000 years along with loads of other flora including pretty primroses and foxgloves. There are several different pathways through the woods including the 3km Rippengal’s Walk, named after Cambs archeologist Robert Rippengal which you can check out here.
Reydon Woods, Southwold
This ancient woodland is in beautiful condition thanks to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and in Spring it’s at its bluebell-filled best. Kids will particularly enjoy all the cute little dens and sun-dappled glades that give a walk here a magical feel.
Bradfield Woods, Bury St Edmunds
Here’s a couple of fun facts for you: Bradfield Woods is one of the finest examples of ancient forest in Britain and bluebells are just one of 370 species of plant that grows here. There are a number of walks (around 5 miles of trails) that cross cross the woods so you can discover the carpets of blue keeping much more than 2 metres away from the nearest human being.
Arger Fen and Spouse’s Wood, Sudbury
There’s 110 hectares of ancient and new woodland, plus meadows to discover here (how far can you walk in one hour?!). In Spring you can walk for miles surrounded by a beautiful carpet of bluebells. Insta heaven!
Captain’s Wood, Sudbourne
Another ancient woodland that is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Captain’s Wood is full of rare and remarkable plants and wildlife. Here you’ll find one of the greatest expanses of bluebells in the country, and if you’re lucky you’ll share the incredible site with the resident fallow deer.
Freston Woods, Wherstead, Ipswich
Freston Wood dates back to medieval times and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). You’ll find plenty of bluebells here to marvel at during your allotted hour of exercise, with the bubbling sounds of streams running through the trees providing a much-needed tonic for the soul.
Priestly Wood, Needham Market
Part of The Woodland Trust, Priestly is known for being one of the finest woods in Suffolk for plant life. From mid-April to early June (aka lockdown period) the wood puts on a show stopping bluebell display. Lucky you, if you live nearby.