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Best bluebell walks in Warwickshire & the West Midlands

Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up in their thousands across Warks & the West Mids. Here's where to find the best of them on your sprightly springtime walk.

Spring is in the air, and isn’t it gorgeous! We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods in our area, so there are loads of options to get your fix of the little blue fellas. 

Cawston Woods, near Rugby

This beautiful privately-owned ancient woodland came under the threat of housing but was saved from the bulldozers by a 1,500 petition. It’s a real hidden gem – popular with dog walkers and very peaceful with the most beautiful strolls through the blooms.

Ryton Wood, near Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Ryton Wood, one of the best of the Princethorpe Woods covers 85 hectares and has been designated as an SSSI. Parts of it date back to the 11th century, with more than 40 species of tree and shrub, with loads of gorgeous old oak trees. In spring primrose, wood anemone and yellow pimpernel carpet the woodland floor and in the large, clear glades there are fabulous bluebell displays. Over summer watch out for an abundance of honeysuckle.

Lickey Hills Country Park, Worcestershire

This park is just ten miles out of Birmingham and is around 500 acres, so plenty of room to let the kids run wild. In spring its blanketed in bluebells along with white flowered wood sorrel, foxgloves, stitchworts and buttercups.

Wappenbury Wood, near Princethorpe

An ancient woodland dating back to the 15th Century with tranquil walks through a wildlife treasure trove and carpets of bluebells.  On a sunny day look out for spot butterflies like a white admiral and purple hairstreak. Nearly 90 species of birds have been recorded, with sightings of warblers, woodpeckers and tawny owls. Park in layby on Burnthurst Lane and sorry, no dogs.

Coughton Court’s Bluebell Wood

Like neighbouring properties Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, Coughton was set in the once great Forest of Arden. The best place to spot a sea of shimmering bluebells at this Tudor house run by the National Trust is Timm’s Grove, from late April to mid-May. An easy one-mile walk will take you over the fields to the ancient woodland where the middle of the wood is covered in a thick carpet of sweetly scented bluebells. If you are in need of refreshment afterwards pop into the Coughton Kitchen Cafe or the Stables Coffee Bar.

Hay Wood, near Solihull

You can walk for hours here and not bump into another soul. It’s a perfect place to let the dogs run wild and at the minute is covered in pretty blooms. If it’s wet make sure you take your wellies as it can be muddy.

Oakley Wood, Leamington Spa

A beautiful woodland with mowed paths to walk on and trails with banks of bluebells. This 116-acre plantation ancient woodland dates to the 16th century is very peaceful with two marked walking trails. There’s lots of wildlife to spot – 200 species were counted here by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust from minibeasts like wolf spider and red-tailed bumblebees to birds like the great spotted woodpecker and blackcap. Within the wood there’s Oakley Wood Camp – a scheduled ancient monument site believed to have been a Bronze Age or Iron Age fort.

Hampton Wood & Meadow (near Warwick)

This 12-hectare reserve is famed for its primroses, which mingle with bluebells, wood anemone, and lesser celandine. According to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust more than 500 species of beetle have been discovered here and the woods are abundant with dragonflies and damselflies.

Ragley Hall (nr Alcester)

Why not take a walk around the 26 acres of formal gardens at Ragley and venture through the multitude of bluebells in Ladies Wood? £5 Admission to the Ragley Gardens. Children under 5 are free. The Terrace Cafe will be open at the hall for light lunches and refreshments.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Nuneaton

Managed by Warwickshire County Council and covering 137 acres of woodland and open hilltop it has magnificent views across the Anker Valley and a stunning display of bluebells which are starting to bloom. 

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