Snowdrop walks in Suffolk and Cambs
They're coming out! The loveliest local-to-you places to catch winter snowdrops across Suffolk and Cambs in the next few weeks.
Shorts and sandals at the ready, spring is here. Er, okay maybe not, but the snowdrops are! If you’ve thawed out enough after the cold snap to venture outside and see them, here are the best snowdrop hotspots in our ‘hood and beyond. Some of our top snowdrops spots haven’t been able to open yet this year because of the dreaded C-word, so 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, so under the current rules you need to book in advance to visit and only people who live locally are allowed.
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 23 Jan to 28 Feb from 10am until 4pm. The tearooms will be running on a limited menu and providing takeaway only.
Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech, Cambs
You can pair stunning snowdrops with exotic orange trees at Peckover’s two-acre town gardens. The lovely garden has carpets of beautiful snowdrops in January and February and the 300 year old orange trees in the Orangery are also at their most bountiful. Only local visitors are allowed and the house is shut until March. Check the website for the ever-changing Covid updates.
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. Only local visitors are allowed and booking is essential.
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!). Kentwell Hall hopes to be open from mid-Feb
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. Again, National Trust lockdown guidelines apply.
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 they are aiming to hold the annual ‘In celebration of Snowdrops’ Day 16 Feb 2020.