A snapshot of bluebells in Devon
Bluebells cover the steep slopes of the gorge from mid-April to May. Being on the edge of Dartmoor and sitting around 150m above sea level, the bluebells can be later to arrive here than other Devon woodlands.
Recent conservation around the Iron Age hill fort known as The Clump on the Killerton estate has made the hillside even better for bluebells, which thrive in the woodland surrounding Killerton.
Against a backdrop of the tropical garden, blue seas and skies, the bluebells at Overbeck's create a striking sight.
In North Devon, bluebells bloom in Beckland Woods, near Brownsham, along the coast path from Peppercombe to Bucks Mills, and in Barton Wood, near Watersmeet.
Buckland Abbey is steeped in 700 years of history; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the fate of the country. At this ancient place in spring the Great North Wood is a sea of bluebells.
" ...sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley..."
" Even the nineteenth-century Romantic poets Tennyson and Keats were under the spell of the bluebell, believing it symbolised regret and solitude. I say nonsense - this bulb is a true symbol of the fantastic beauty of nature. "