Bluebells in the North of England

Late April and May are generally the best times to see bluebells in the North of England and they make a colourful backdrop to a spring time walk. You'll find carpets of bluebells at many of the places we care for - here are some of our favourite spots to see them:

Springtime at Margery Wood, Surrey

Allen Banks, Northumberland

The largest area of ancient woodland in Northumberland, Allen Banks is covered in wild flowers each spring. A carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer and make a beautiful setting for a spring time wander.

An expanse of bluebells behind a bench in the garden at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

At Dunham Massey stroll down camellia walk to see over 10,000 plants in the cyclamen grove, the bluebell meadow and yellow meadow. Take a walk and enjoy a beautiful display of bluebells on the estate. The largest collection of these delicate flowers can be found under the oaks and witch hazels next to the Bog Garden.

Bluebells at the Skirrid, Monmouthshire

Embleton Beach, Northumberland

The silver sands of Embleton Beach are backed by wildlife-rich dunes that are a haven for wild flowers. Cowslips, burnet roses and bloody cranesbill all thrive well in the coastal habitat, but in spring the bluebells are the stars of the show.

Bluebells carpet the woodland to the West of the house at Speke Hall, Merseyside

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Bluebells are the undisputed spring highlight at Hardcastle Crags where they carpet the woodland. At their peak, usually in May they form an almost unearthly blue haze through the woodlands and fill air with their sweet perfume. This wooded landscape is often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ because of the valley sides, pathways and river and in spring the woodland is awash with bluebells.

Bluebells at Blakes Wood, Essex, in spring

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. This 18th-century estate has an abundance of bluebells in their gardens during the spring months, and visitors can also explore 300 acres of parkland with a range of walks and views.

A sun dappled carpet of bluebells in Cliff Ridge Wood

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Newton Wood at Roseberry Topping is probably the best example of semi-natural oak woodland in the area. There's plenty of wildlife to spot at any time of year, including roe deer and woodpeckers. It’s also renowned its stunning displays of bluebells, so why not pay a visit in May when they’ll be at their best.

The gardens in the spring at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall is set within 14 acres of glorious gardens and woodland, laid out in the style found during the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. Enjoy a walk among the small woodland awash with a variety of native trees as well as a carpet of bluebells and crocuses in springtime. The best time to see them is in late April and early May in Beech Walk and the North Woods – see if you can spot the honey and bumblebees visiting the bluebells as well.

Bluebells carpet the woodland to the West of the house at Speke Hall, Merseyside

Speke Hall, Merseyside

This Tudor timber-framed manor house on the banks of the River Mersey was restored in the 19th century, and now offers delightful gardens as well as the incredible views. To the west of the house is a patch of woodland that becomes a sea of blue in spring, the perfect spot for an idyllic stroll.

A path winds through a National Trust woodland covered in bluebells

Waterhead, Ambleside

Explore Skelghyll Woods near Ambleside for a true spring time experience. The oak woodland will keep you mesmerised at any time of year, but visit in spring and you’ll be rewarded with carpets of wildflowers, such as bluebells, wood sorrel, daffodils and wild garlic.