Bluebells in the South West

Take a walk through the countryside we look after in Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset and discover carpets of bluebells. In places including Leigh Woods near Bristol, Stourhead and Godolphin in Cornwall, the sight of these delicate blue flowers will brighten up any walk.

Bluebells in the woods at Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey, Devon

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. Visit this spring to discover the sea of bluebells that bloom in the Great North Wood.

Bluebell woods at Godolphin

Godolphin, Cornwall

Discover Godolphin, rich in archaeology and wildlife and travel back in time as you wander around the sixteenth-century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. Get lost in the tranquil and mysterious woodland, where the years of mining have left an unnatural, undulating landscape carpeted in bluebells throughout April and May. Go for a stroll along the river and don’t forget to stop for a refreshing cup of tea and slice of home-made cake in the tea-room.

English bluebell, Hyacinthus non-scriptus, in the garden in May at Killerton, Devon

Killerton, Devon

During the 19th century, Sir Thomas Acland planted many conifers to provide timber for the Killerton Estate. The resulting 300-hectare Ashclyst Forest is now one of the largest in East Devon, providing a haven for butterflies, birds and wild flowers such as purple orchids, wood anemones and bluebells.

Bluebells at the bottom of a tree at Dudmaston in Shropshire

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

From Iron Age forts to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road, there’s loads to see on the 8,500 acres of estate at Kingston Lacy. In spring, the two-and-a-half-mile woodland walk on the estate is a great place to see the annual display of bluebells.

Bluebells in the woods

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a family home. The estate is well worth exploring, with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths. You can take the bikes out on the off-road cycle trails, with special routes for families and novice riders. This fascinating country estate has gorgeous gardens, including a brilliant collection of spring-flowering magnolias and woodland areas blooming with waves of daffodils and bluebells.

Swathes of bluebells in the woodland at Arlington Court

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Springtime brings and abundance of bluebells at Leigh Woods. Follow winding trails through the oak, small leaf lime and ash forest and enjoy the sea of blue blooms that line the pathways. When you come to a gap in the trees you can take in the superb views across the city of Bristol to the downland beyond.

A bed of bluebells in a National Trust woodland

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Explore the 2,650 acres of the Stourhead estate, whose picturesque landscape garden has been described as ‘a living work of art’. Plenty of wildlife roam the ancient woods nearby, where glorious bluebells steal the show come spring.