Snowdrop walks in Suffolk & Cambs
They're coming out! The loveliest local-to-you places to catch winter snowdrops across Suffolk & Cambs in the next few weeks.
What’s that coming over the hill? Spring! Er, okay maybe not quite yet however nature is rolling out the white carpet sounding the klaxon for warmer days and al fresco fun. Until then, take a local snowdrop walk. And if you know a secret location, please let us know in the comments below and remember to keep it local.
Anglesey Abbey, Cambs
Back in the old days snowdrops were planted by monks as a symbol of purity with Anglesey, a former priory, a great example of monastic planting. It’s National Trust and a carpet of white, camera phone at the ready!
Chippenham Park Gardens, Cambs
These glorious Anglo-Dutch gardens on the Suffolk/Cambs border have a beautiful carpet of snowdrops and aconites at this time of year. The next open garden weekends are from 22 Jan to 1 April from 10am until 3pm. No picnics, but there’s a lovely tearoom to try.
Wimpole Estate, Cambs
A trip to Wimpole is always a good idea if you’ve got little ones in tow, because there’s so much space to run off that pent-up energy. In winter you can add a pretty snowdrop walk to the day’s activities. Snowdrops and aconites can be found throughout the Pleasure Grounds, and look their best in February.
Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, from mid Feb
Early spring is the perfect time to visit Kentwell’s glorious gardens. The Shrubbery and Back Wood are carpeted with thousands of snowdrops, with little pockets of aconites too. The walk is a muddy one in winter so wear wellies and be prepared for lots of jumping in puddles (the kids, not you!). Snowdrop days are from 12 Feb to 13 March, see website for details.
Ickworth House, Suffolk
A walk around Ickworth Park is always wonderful with many different length trails to follow and plenty of varying landscapes to choose from. In late winter follow the path along Lady Geraldine’s Walk and wind your way around Albania Walk, where you’ll be rewarded with a carpet of snowdrops and aconites.
Thornham Estate, Suffolk
This estate in north Suffolk is on the River Dove, and snowdrops spring up across the 2000 acres of parkland each year in late Jan. There are over 12 miles of walking tracks to choose from as well as a walled garden.
Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Bury’s Nowton Park is better known for its host of golden daffodils each year, but it also does a pretty good job when it comes to snowdrops too. The park is spread over 200 acres and there’s plenty to keep kids amused while you admire the snowdrops.
Bradfield Woods, Suffolk
Here’s a couple of fun facts for you: Bradfield Woods is one of the finest examples of ancient forest in Britain and snowdrops 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 snowdrops.
Blakenham Woodland Garden, Ipswich, Suffolk
This six-acre area of woodland is full of unusual specimens that held a specific personal resonance for former owner and MP Michael Blakenham. The gardens don’t open until later on in the year, but annual snowdrop celebration days are held in Feb, check website for details. .