13 lovely snowdrop walks near you
They've arrived! These are the loveliest places to catch spring snowdrops, crocus and daffodils across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
At this time of year we all want – or if not, definitely need – to get out in the fresh air, so it helps that there’s some incentive. 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 – here’s where to find them in our local area.
Hill Close Gardens, Bread & Meat Close, Warwick, Feb (open every day)
There’s an indoor display and 130 different varieties of snowdrops and winter flowers in the beautiful restored Victorian detached gardens. Open 11am-4pm and for a snowdrop day on Sat 19 Feb.
Wrap up warm, pack a picnic and head to Compton Verney to see banks of snowdrops while taking a winter walk. There’s a pretty light show on (starting from 5.30pm) if you leave it a bit later too.
Ragley Hall, Alcester, 16 Feb
Take a trip to scenic Ragley Hall for a tour around the 450 acres of landscaped gardens. There’s tours at 11am and 2pm and a farm shop on site too so you can stock up on some goodies on the way home.
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 finally bluebells in late spring. The garden renowned for its wonderful display of snowdrop is open for walks and there’s a restaurant and takeaway kiosk.
Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa
Grab a takeaway coffee and see the carpets of 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
This Warwickshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve is surprisingly tucked away on the outskirts of Rugby. So it’s easy to get to and has gorgeous springtime displays of snowdrops and daffodils in the woodlands. There are also hedgerows and wetland adjacent to the River Swift and a disused canal teeming with wildlife.
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. Spot snowdrops, daffs and crocus’ in bloom in the castle grounds. During Feb half term, an explorer quest around the grounds is taking place, Feb 19-27. 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 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 daily walks and there’s a glasshouse and cafe too. Make sure you book in advance.
Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh
If you live on the Warwickshire/Cotswolds border, this arboretum is a cracker. Enjoy drifts of beautiful snowdrops, 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.