12 lovely lockdown snowdrop spring walks near you
They've arrived The loveliest places (that we're allowed to visit in lockdown) to catch spring snowdrops, crocus and daffodils across Cov & Warks.
The first sign that spring is just around the corner is a nodding white snowdrop poking its way through the frosted soil of a woodland, churchyard or garden.
Hill Close Gardens, Bread & Meat Close, Warwick, Feb (open every day)
This year’s annual snowdrop events have been cancelled (on Feb 6, 7 and 20). But you can still enjoy seeing 130 different varieties of snowdrops in these beautiful restored Victorian detached gardens for socially distanced exercise with your household or bubble if you live locally. Open 11am-4pm.
Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, open Tue-Sun (Mon closed)
Wrap up warm, and head to Compton Verney to see banks of snowdrops while taking a lockdown walk. Open to those who have a valid annual Membership (Access All Areas or Local Pass) between 10am- 4pm, by pre-booked entry time slots (last entry, 2pm – 3pm). For further information on buying a local pass see here.
Snowdrops at Baddesley Clinton, throughout Feb
This Warwickshire National Trust moated manor house is set in more than 100 acres of lovely Warwickshire countryside. Between January and May head to the churchyard at Baddesley to spot many beautiful spring flowers – first snowdrops, then daffodils and then bluebells. The garden renowned for its wonderful display of snowdrop is open to people who locally for walks along with a takeaway kiosk. Book in advance for timed entry between 9am – 3pm.
Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa
Grab a takeaway coffee and see the lovely early spring snowdrops in this beautiful formal Victorian park on the River Leam in the centre of Leamington for free!
Swift Valley Nature Reserve, nr Brownsover Lane, Rugby
A Warwickshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve surprisingly tucked away in countryside, on the outskirts of Rugby with snowdrop and daffodil offering pretty springtime displays in the woodlands. There are also hedgerows and wetland adjacent to the River Swift and a disused canal.
This English Heritage site is full of Tudor history with its ruined castle and restored Elizabethan Garden – designed for the pleasure and entertainment of Elizabeth I. The castle grounds are open to local visitors for exercise during the lockdown where you spot snowdrops, daffs and crocus’ in bloom. During Feb half-term a family fun trail around the grounds is pencilled in from Feb 13-21 (dependent on restrictions). Book in advance.
Bancroft Gardens, Holy Trinity Church and gardens, Stratford Upon Avon
Enjoy the sight of a smattering of snowdrops under the trees in the churchyard of beautiful Holy Trinity Church and along the banks of the River Avon near the Royal Shakespeare Theatres on your local daily walk, especially around Valentine’s Day weekend.
Coombe Abbey Park, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire
Set within 500 acres including formal gardens and historic woodlands and overlooking stunning Coombe Abbey Hotel (currently closed) is this country park, a Green Flag award winner. Enjoy a relaxing woodland walk admiring seasonal wildflower meadows, the lake and winter snowdrops in a Capability Brown landscape.
Temple Common, near Balsall Common
Diverse in wildlife, this pleasant and peaceful woodland managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, within the village, gives a fine show of snowdrops in spring.
Caldicott Park, Rugby
An attractive town-centre park well known for its award-winning floral displays – and good for kids with a play area.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham
See the winter snowdrops in all their blooming glory on a seasonal walk at one of Birmingham’s best attractions. The gardens are open for local daily walks, as is the café side hatch for takeaways and garden centre but the glasshouses remain closed. Open 10am – 5pm daily and it’s recommended you book in advance.
Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh
If you live on the Warwickshire/Cotswolds border, the arboretum is open daily from 10am-3pm for local exercise. You can visit with members of your household/support bubble or with one other person. Enjoy drifts of beautiful snowdrops in the arboretum, plus Hellebores, Cyclamen, Daphne, Hamamelis and early flowering Daffodils. The garden is set in 56 acres of lovely Cotswold Countryside and contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world. Book online here.