Explore the beauty of bluebells in the Dark Peak

Carpet of bluebells in Backside Wood, Edale Valley

The beauty of bluebells never fails to delight us. Get out this spring and discover bluebell woods near you.

Flowering from late April until late May or early June, bluebells can be found carpeting our woodlands. The Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, so often associated with the high moors, is home to some magical pockets of woodland including the ancient Backside Wood in the Edale Valley.

Backside Wood, Edale Valley
Backside Wood, Edale Valley
Backside Wood, Edale Valley

Many of the cloughs and valleys fringing the high moors were once full of trees - birch, oak and rowan. Today only fragmented stands remain within which Pied Flycatcher and Redstart patrol the foliage and a haze of bluebells and violets carpet the woodland floor in spring.

Bluebells need the right woodland habitat to grow and in turn they provide food for bees, moths and butterflies. This year, we're asking visitors to consider how they can help to look after the woods via our Peak District Appeal - thank you for helping to look after these beautiful places.

Bluebell shoots in Backside Wood in February
Bluebell shoots in Backside Wood
Bluebell shoots in Backside Wood in February

When wandering through bluebell woods, take a moment to listen for the bees beneath the trees, buzzing between the pollen filled bell flowers. Smell the distinctive heavenly aroma of the bluebell and see the range of colours from white through to pink and blue of the bluebell woodland carpet. Bluebells grow best in ancient woodlands like Backside Wood but can also be found in fields showing ‘shadow woods’ as well as hedges and banks. Explore the Dark Peak this spring and enjoy the mesmerising beauty of Britain's most treasured wildflower. 

Bluebells in the woods

Hay Wood at Longshaw becomes a riot of colour 

Take a moment to enjoy the the spring flowers in bloom at Longshaw.