For a few short weeks every spring, carpets of cobalt bluebells are one of the UK’s most arresting natural phenomenons. In fact, almost half of the world’s bluebells are here in the UK – meaning that between April and May, when the elusive native bluebell comes out to play, there are plenty of beautiful spots to catch a glimpse of them right on our doorstep.
Now that day trips and overnight stays in self-catered accommodation (including Airbnbs and campsites) are allowed again, we can finally leave our homes and get out to explore the woodlands across the country where these pockets of blue like to bloom.
From pretty Victorian estates in Cornwall and flower-festooned peaks in Yorkshire to magical forests in the Scottish Highlands and cliffside crops of colourful flowers in Wales, here are the best places in the UK to see the delicate blue blooms. Remember, these native flowers are a protected species – so no picking!
Please note: Travel restrictions in Wales and Scotland may differ from those in England. Facilities and businesses in the towns and villages we mention will be closed at the moment. Government advice is to avoid public transport so don’t travel by train or bus. Please be mindful of the people who live locally. If you decide to travel, check whether car parks are open before you set off and adhere to social distancing guidelines on your visit.
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