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The beginning of May sees the shaded floors of Britainís wooded areas become cloaked in a carpet of vibrant bluebells. Thereís still enough time to seek out this fleeting yet unforgettable sight in your area, plus itís the perfect excuse to step outside and soak up a bit of early season sunshine, get a bit of light exercise and some colour in your cheeks, all whilst admiring one of Britainís true springtime treasures.
Weíve selected our top 10 favourite spots from north to south, whilst visitwoods.org has built up a huge bank of bluebell woods across the country, so finding your local bluebell wood can be done in just a couple of clicks. Youíll find more than 800 ancient woods that promise spectacular displays so, no matter where you live, you neednít miss out on this quintessentially British sign of spring.
1. Bruern Wood, Cotswolds
Once a part of the famous Wychward Forest, sitting on the banks of the magical River Everlade, Bruern is famous for its idyllic bluebells, abundant birdlife and historic abbey. You can also take a longer nine-mile walk to the nearby and equally special Foxholes.
2. Arlington, Sussex
7 picturesque walks, 3 working farms and 23 acres of ancient woodland Ė Arlington has everything you need for a perfect spring afternoon outdoors. With farm animals a-plenty and a quaint little Farm Shop, itís an ideal trip out for the whole family.
3. Bunny Old Wood, Nottinghamshire
Bunny Old Woodís 16 hectares are home to trees over 10,000 years old, over 50 species of birds, 20 species of butterflies and a plethora of spring flowers including wood anemones, stitchwort and last but certainly not least, thousands of bonnie bluebells.
4. Coed Cefn, Powys
An ancient Welsh woodland that comes complete with an Iron Age hilltop fort, Coed Cefn is known locally as Bluebell Wood thanks to its annual display of spring flowers. Donít worry if the bluebells are already beginning to fade though, youíll still be spoilt with a carpet of vibrant Red Campion and the golden hues of yellow Archangel.
5. Glen Finglas, Trossachs
The Woodland Trustís largest estate, Glen Finglas embodies everything we love about Scotland Ė itís sparkling lochs, vast heath-lands and dense woodlands, brought to life by these delicate-looking yet undeniably hardy little flowers.