Our top spring walks in East Anglia

As we leave winter behind and spring flowers start to emerge, it's the perfect time for getting out into nature. Take a look at some of our favourite places in the East of England for a springtime walk, from dazzling displays of daffodils to carpets of bluebells. Enjoy the view and those uplifting signs of spring.

A family enjoying the outdoors in autumn or winter

Visiting information for this winter 

In England and Northern Ireland, our gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Shops, houses and other indoor areas are closed, and cafés are takeaway only. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local. All places in Wales are currently closed. Please check the property webpage before you travel.

Girl walking past daffodils with blossom behind her

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey are always well worth a visit, but in spring they really come to life. With swathes of daffodils popping up all over the 114 acre estate, it’s the perfect spot for a stroll. Enjoy the blossom when it makes an appearance too, nature's very own confetti.

Bluebells in woodland at Ashridge, Herts

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire 

If you want to witness bluebells creating a carpet of blue, then a walk at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire is the one for you. It's often a busy time of year, so please help us to care for these little beauties by sticking to the path.

A bank of daffodils by the temple at Blickling

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

Breathe in the scent of spring flowers on a walk around the Blickling Estate. The daffodil lined avenues are a wonderful sight in the garden and the display on the Ha-Ha is something quite special. Try the Estate Walk for a glimpse of the beautiful carpets of bluebells in the Great Wood.

Lamb on the hillside at Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Take a walk along the top of the chalk hills at Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire and down past Neolithic burial mounds before heading back up through our ancient sunken tracks. If you come along in late spring you might even see some of our wonderful and rare orchids.

Dog walkers at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

Enjoy a long walk around Felbrigg Estate in Norfolk, but don't worry, there are plenty of seats to rest and enjoy the scenery along the way. Take in wonderful spring views across the lake, signs of new growth on the trees, and you may even spot a few spring lambs gambolling in the park.

Spring lambs

Ickworth, Suffolk 

Explore the wider estate at Ickworth in Suffolk on our new multi-use trail. This 6 mile circular route weaves through the beautiful historic parkland and offers breath-taking view across the landscape. Look out for the monument of the 4th Earl of Bristol and come spring, there will be lots of new arrivals.

Shingle leads up to the Pagodas at Orford Ness, Suffolk

Orford Ness, Suffolk 

Take your marching orders this spring and challenge yourself to a walk around Orford Ness – a beautiful coastal nature reserve with a fascinating military history. Follow waymarked trails through shingle, salt-marsh and brackish lagoons.

Two people admiring the rhododendrons in bloom at Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Enjoy a stroll through Sheringham Park and you'll discover why it became the personal favourite of the landscape designer, Humphry Repton. With stunning views of the Norfolk coastline, the vibrant rhododendrons and azaleas will also be creating a sea of colour in the wild garden towards the end of spring.

Cuckoo in flight

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

The distinctive call of the cuckoo is said to announce the arrival of spring and Wicken Fen Nature Reserve is one of the last strongholds for cuckoos in the country. Look out for their arrival from April onwards, as you explore this fenland landscape.

Daffodils in front of Wimpole

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Wimpole is another great place to enjoy daffodils in East Anglia. You'll discover amazing carpets of them in the pleasure grounds, creating stunning vistas in lots of directions. As you walk down the plant hunter's walk, you’ll also be able to enjoy rare and exotic plants from around the world.