The beginning of April cues bluebell season in the UK and soon woodland floors will be transformed into violet wonderlands. We think this is something too pretty to miss – and like Forest Bathing, it’s also a great opportunity to take a stroll and reconnect with nature.

If you like the sound of seeing the bluebells in full bloom, read on to discover some of the most beautiful spots in the UK to take in the sights and smells. Just don’t forget your camera and binoculars are a great idea too.

Bluebell season in the uk

Bluebells in England

Bunny Old Wood, Nottinghamshire

This nature reserve lies not very far from Nottingham at all (about seven miles south of the city). It’s become renowned for its springtime flourish of bluebells, but you’ll also be able to spot butterflies, moths, over 50 species of birds and the odd fox. There’s a marked nature trail so it’s really easy to find your way around without getting lost.

  • Dogs on leads are welcome.
  • Free of charge.
  • Open year round.

www.nottinghamshirewildife.org

Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

At Arlington you can choose from eight walks depending on how far you feel like going and what you’d like to see. The walks make their way past ponds, tranquil woodland, working farms and pens of sheep, pigs and angora goats – so it’s a great place for families. We think it’s a good idea to allow a whole day to explore Arlington as you might want to try more than one route, and there’s a farm shop where you can buy and take home locally sourced fruits, veg and homemade cakes.

  • Dogs on leads are welcome.
  • £4.50-£5 adult, £2 child, £13 family ticket (2 adults, up to 4 children).
  • 10 am-5 pm everyday from 9th April-10th May.

www.bluebellwalk.co.uk

Bluebell season in the uk

Bluebells in Wales

Coed Cefn, Abergavenny

Bluebells and brambles thrive under oak and beech tree canopies at Coed Cefn. The area is known locally as Bluebell Wood and adds a historic slant to your stroll – the circular footpath leads to an ancient fort where you can stop to bird spot, rest or simply take in the 400 year old grounds. Totally picturesque, this woodland is brilliant for explorers, families and dog walkers alike.

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Bluebells in Scotland

Wood of Cree, Newton Stewart

As the largest area of ancient woodland in Scotland, Wood of Cree is home to vast flourishes of bluebells and protected wildlife including Tawny Owls, Garden Warblers and Willow Tits. The path meanders through trees, past waterfalls and into open views so you’ll have lots of beautiful scenery and photo opportunities to enjoy along the way.

  • Dogs on leads are welcome; though keep to public paths.
  • Free, though donations are welcome.
  • Open year round.

www.rspb.org.uk

Have you been to any of the places I’ve mentioned or found somewhere else that’s just as pretty? I’d love to know where you went and what you thought. Feel free to comment here or share a photo of your favourite place to get some air with us @btreeclothing using #breathoffreshair.

Clare x