Our top spring nature walks

Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and spot signs of our gardens and countryside bursting into life. There's plenty to enjoy from snowdrops to daffodils, as well as nesting birds and gamboling lambs. Here are our top walks all around the country to try this spring.

Deer in front of gatehouse at Charlecote Park
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Charlecote Park, Warwickshire 

Take a stroll through this beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown-inspired landscape, along routes with gentle terrain that's suitable for both little and long legs. The parkland is great for spotting spring wildlife, including the herd of fallow deer and Jacob sheep. Why not bring your binoculars and see what other wildlife you can find?

Footpath in Beddgelert, Snowdonia
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Craflwyn, Snowdonia 

Snowdonia is prime walking country, even if you don’t fancy climbing up the mountain. This river-side walk will take you through ancient landscapes full of history and legends. There’s plenty of beautiful spring colour to see as well: keep an eye out for hay rattle, purple loosestrife, whorled caraway and ragged robin.

Group of deer
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Crom, County Fermanagh 

Take a walk through the woodland at Crom as the spring flowers bloom – walk through a carpet of wood anemones and daffodils, or head along the Culliaghs to see rhododendrons bursting into life. Visit quiet corners of the estate to catch a glimpse of red squirrels, otters, fallow deer, or Irish hares.

Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne
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Downhill Demesne, Northern Ireland 

Come and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the stunning Downhill Demesne with its beautiful gardens and cliff walks. In spring, look out for snowdrops in the garden and see how many fish you can spot in the pond at the Black Glen.

A couple walking past a snowdrop covered banking towards Fountains Abbey
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire 

Early spring at Fountains is all about nature gradually waking up. Hints of green will be appearing all over the estate as the trees regain their leaves and pale yellow primroses will be emerging from the soil. Head along the woodland paths past the abbey and into the water garden - you’ll be able to smell the wild garlic before you see it. Don’t forget to look out for the tiny ducklings and goslings on the lakes and ponds.

Covington woods footpath, Devon
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Fowey Estuary, Cornwall 

The Hall Walk from Fowey Estuary to Pencarrow Head combines the best of British landscapes. Wander from town to countryside via river, forest and farmland with diversions to beach and cliff. In spring you can enjoy sights of gorse in bloom, early wheatears, sand martins and black-headed gulls.

Campanula flower in the Hardwick estate
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Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 

Get fabulous views of the Elizabethan hall on this three hour walk around the estate. There are plenty of spring bulbs appearing within the new stumpery, such as jewel coloured iris peeking out from among the ferns. You can also spot the quintessential sight of spring: new-born lambs gambolling and leaping in the ‘Wine Glass’ field.

Two dog walkers in the parkland at Ickworth
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Ickworth, Suffolk 

A circular walk taking you round the Ickworth walled garden and canal lake, which is a haven for wildlife. Spot snowdrops and aconites in early spring, then see the flowers bloom in the walled garden where the meadow is full of 60,000 bulbs.

The Stepping Stones on the River Dove in Dovedale
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Ilam Park, Peak District 

Discover the limestone countryside of the southern Peak District, famed for its wildlife and geology with this walk from Ilam Park to Dovedale Stepping Stones. In spring there are bluebells, wild garlic, cowslip, early purple orchids, lesser celandine and wild daffodils to look out for.

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day
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Ightham Mote, Kent 

Take a stroll around Ightham Mote and shake off the winter blues as you see the spring colours bursting into life. Discover the orchard with its carpet of daffodils and clouds apple blossom, followed by swathes of bluebells and campion in ancient Scathes Wood. You might also spot some of the local birdlife, including pheasants and woodpeckers.

A walker by the gate in the woodlands at Newark Park
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Newark Park, Gloucestershire 

Enjoy a stomp across rolling Cotswold farmland and wooded combes with viewpoints up to Newark Park House. This route is particularly special in spring, with newborn calves and lambs exploring the meadows, and pathways lined by bright primroses and daffodils. Those with a keen nose might also find the swathes of wild garlic that appear from April onwards, offering a tasty tang to your walk.

The treehouse at Plas Newydd
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Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

This short walk around the grounds at Plas Newydd is ideal for little legs. There's plenty along the way to keep the children happy, including our new treehouse and the great adventure playground. In the spring you can all enjoy the five-acre Rhododendron Garden and the Camellia Dell, which are accessed along a woodland walk along the banks of the Menai Strait with Snowdonia looming in the distance.

Skylark sometimes seen at Sheringham
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Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

No two walks are ever the same during spring time at Sheringham. See new plants coming into flower, from bluebells and magnolias to bright rhododendrons. Another highlight is found on the middle part of this walk where you can hear skylarks singing by the coast.

Seabird at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas
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Souter Lighthouse and the Leas 

Discover some of the best stretches of coast in the North-East with this easy cliff-top ramble. In spring the cliff faces are brought to life by returning seabirds, including kittiwakes, cormorants and guillemots. March sees the wildflower meadows blooming with red campion and common dog violet, while the first early purple orchids, cowslips and buttercups start to show from April.

The view to the Grotto at Stowe now fully restored

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Stowe’s former owner, Lord Cobham, had a deep interest in ancient Greek and Roman myths. He created three walking routes in the gardens which lead you through stories of adventurers and baddies, myths and monsters. Set along pram-friendly paths these walks will take you on a mystical journey through the estate, with the chance to see lambs, ducklings and spring flowers along the way.

Konik ponies at Wicken Fen galloping towards the camera
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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

From gentle strolls on the all-weather boardwalk around Sedge Fen, to longer walks exploring new wetland habitats, there are plenty of opportunities to spot amazing wildlife at Wicken Fen. In spring the landscape comes to life with the return of warblers and cuckoos, bright spring flowers and foals within Wicken’s herd of rare Konik ponies.