Spring at Runnymede and Ankerwycke

Daffodils near the priory ruins at Ankerwycke, Surrey

As nature awakens from her winter slumber, a flush of new life spreads over the historic hills and waters of Runnymede. Find out what you can discover here at this special time of year.

The riverside

Riverside willows are the first to don their springtime greenery, the herald of a storm of spring. Blackthorn blossom, goslings, cygnets and ducklings create a sense of new life all along the riverside. It's the perfect time to get outdoors as the weather warms up for riverbank picnics.

A duckling on the river
A duckling on the river

The woods

In Cooper's Hill Woods, spring arrives in the form of ancient woodland flowers. Patches of bluebells, lesser celandines, dog's mercury and wood anemones create a magical atmosphere in the protected oak and ash woodland.

Bluebells
Bluebells in the woods

The ponds

As the weather warms up, it's well worth walking the 2hr yellow route to Langham Ponds, one of our nation's Flagship Ponds and a haven for wildlife.

Runnymede, Surrey
Runnymede, Surrey

The meadows

See The Jurors as the artist intended, nestled amongst tall grasses in late spring, as damselflies and butterflies flit among the wildflowers.

Runnymede, Surrey
Runnymede, Surrey
Runnymede, Surrey

Planning your visit

Plan ahead to make the most of your visit. The Riverside car park opens from 1 April, and both car parks close at 7pm. The tea-room is open from 10am until 5pm, serving drinks, hot lunches and baked treats. From here you can also borrow an Adventure Backpack and become a history hunter at Runnymede, or pick up a map and follow one of the coloured trails around the countryside.