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Warwickshire’s Top Bluebell Hotspots

Our local woodlands are soon to be carpeted in brilliant blue blooms, so here's where to catch them while they last.

Ancient Cawston Woods, near Rugby captured on my camera last spring

What’s a sure sign that it’s finally Spring? Finally retiring your thermal vest, yes. But more excitingly it’s the arrival of bluebell season. We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods across Warwickshire, many managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Please let me know if there are any omissions you’d like to share!

 

Coughton Court (nr Alcester)

Timm’s Grove, Coughton Court

Managed by the National Trust, Coughton Court the home of the Throckmorton family, is an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens. The best spot to walk among the bluebells is at Timm’s Grove from late April to mid-May. Simply follow Coughton Court’s Family Walk across the River Arrow in the ancient woodlands. In its entirety, it’s an easy half hour 1mile walk. You’ll be rewarded by a sea of shimmering bluebells.

 

Crackley Woods, Kenilworth

A popular nature reserve managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust where you can enjoy the spectacular blanket of bluebells dotted with delicate wood anemone, yellow pimpernel and common dog-violet.

 

Cubbington Woods, (nr Weston-under-Wetherley)

The highlight in spring is the stunning carpet of wood anemones and bluebells in South Cubbington Wood. Sadly, this fantastic woodland is under serious threat by HS2, including its famous 250-year-old old Pear Tree which could be in blossom for the very last time this spring if work starts soon so do go and see it! It came 8th in the European Tree of the Year in 2015 and was England’s Tree of the Year. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2015/11/tree-of-the-year-winners/

 

Hampton Wood & Meadow (Hampton Lucy, nr Warwick)

An ancient woodland and meadow running along the River Avon, also managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, and boasting a beautiful carpet of wild flowers in spring.  The reserve is deservedly famous for its spectacular primroses, fantastic bluebells, wood anemone and lesser celandine. It’s also home to 28 species of butterfly.

 

Ryton Wood (nr Ryton-on-Dunsmore) & Wappenbury Wood, (nr Princethrope)

Both managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Ryton Wood, one of the best of the Princethorpe Woods, is one of the county’s largest surviving semi-natural ancient woodlands. Part of it dates to the 11th century. In the large, clear glades there are fabulous bluebell displays. Nearby beautiful Wappenbury Wood, a large semi-natural ancient woodland, offers tranquil bluebell walks (it’s open daily except Wed and Sat)

 

Ragley Hall (nr Alcester)

Bluebells at Ragley Hall

The family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their children.  Ragley’s ancient Ladies Wood floor is covered with a carpet of bluebells nestled in the bright green foliage as far as the eye can see. In the shade of the wood, the first thing that hits you is the scent of the bluebells. On May 6 & 7 it’s Spring Garden Weekend – so why not exploring the gardens and bluebell woods and visit to the Ragley State Rooms, which will be open throughout both days. £5.

ragley

 

Hartshill Hayes Country Park, (nr 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. Parking: £2

 

Cawston Woods, (Cawston, nr Rugby)

This beautiful ancient woodland came under the threat of housing last year but was saved from the bulldozers by a 1,500 petition. It’s our local and a real hidden gem – popular with dog walkers and very peaceful.

 

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The Clent Hills, (nr Romsley,West Mids) 

You can find bluebells in lots of areas on the hills. One of the best spots is in the valley behind the Four Stones, where the sides of the valley are covered in bluebells, and the woods at the bottom of the valley are also carpeted in them. If you’d like to go further off the beaten track and discover more bluebell woods, then head over to Walton Hill. National Trust volunteers also run guided Bluebell Walks, around 6 miles long.

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