Roll out the white carpet, it's snowdrop time

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Latest update 24.01.2014 12:40

Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and celebrate the arrival of spring with a National Trust snowdrop walk. There’s something magical about a walk in the garden when the snowdrops are in full bloom. It’s a sure sign that spring is on its way and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

Watch the delicate white flowers transform woodlands floors in late January and throughout February. They are brave little flowers and the colder the weather, the longer they will last, with some flowering into March.

Snowdrops are the first signs of life after the winter months and on mild, late winter days, their delicate, dangling green and white bells are also loved by honey bees.

Here are some of the best National Trust places to enjoy a family day out surrounded by white magic:

The Argory
This spectacular riverside estate has a stunning display of snowdrops and other beautiful spring bulbs throughout February. Snowdrop self-guided walks run every Saturday and Sunday in the month. Enjoy a stroll through the grounds with the stunning backdrop of sweeping vistas. Snowdrop plants will also be available to buy in the shop and children can enjoy the adventure playground.
Snowdrop walks, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 February, 12 noon-5pm
After a self-guided walk through the blankets of wonderful snowdrops, enjoy a warm refreshment in the Courtyard Coffee Shop.
Normal admission, National Trust members free admission

Springhill
As winter melts away, take a self-guided walk through Springhill’s glorious display of snowdrops on Sundays throughout February. This charming 17th-century home and parkland is full of tempting way marked paths. Treat yourself to a hot drink in the Visitor Centre or Servant’s Hall Tea-room and pick up an essential read in the second hand bookshop.
Sunday snowdrop walks, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 1pm-5pm
Normal admission, National Trust members free admission

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Enjoy a guided walk with the ranger to discover what goes on behind the scenes of Downhill Demesne whilst surrounded by carpets of snowdrops. The gardens at Bishop’s Gate offer a fantastic spectacle with the lower glen and banks of the bog garden carpeted in a profusion of snowdrops.
Snowdrop walk, 15-16 February, 12 noon - meet at Bishop’s Gate
Admission - Adult £2, including National Trust members

Experience nature’s new beginnings and lift your spirits with a refreshing snowdrop stroll.