The bank holiday weekend is far from over and there is still time to get out of the house for a gorgeous walk in the great outdoors.
Bluebells are absolutely beautiful and delightful to come across on a long, country walk. They are also a lovely sign of spring, currently out in full force as they typically flower from late March to early May.
The Woodland Trust describes bluebells as “enchanting”, “iconic” and a “favourite with the fairies”.
Bluebells have lots of fun nicknames, including English bluebell, British bluebell, English harebell, wild hyacinth, cuckoo’s boots, granger griggles, witches’ thimbles, lady’s nightcap, fairy flower and cra’tae (crow’s toes).
But where can they be spotted in the UK? The National Trust shared the best places to be surrounded by bluebells in the UK.
The National Trust’s top places to see bluebells in the UK
Basildon Park, Berkshire
Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
Castle Ward, County Down
Clent Hills, Worcestershire
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire
Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Gwynedd
One of the National Trust’s top pics for a scenic bluebell-filled walk was Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
It even has a Bluebell Wood, described as “one of the best places in the UK to view and photograph bluebells”.
The National Trust said: “The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is a springtime spectacle – millions of bulbs may grow closely together in one wood, creating one of nature’s most stunning displays.”
Bluebell lovers in Wales should check out Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales.
Indeed, it is “famous for the spectacularly good bluebell display on Rookery Ridge”.
In Northern Ireland, Castle Ward, County Down is a great bet, with around five miles of bluebell trails to explore.
If you’re looking out for bluebells, these are “unmistakable bell-shaped perennial herbs” in a stunning deep violet colour.
They boast narrow leaves around 7mm – 25mm wide and 45cm in length, strap-shaped, smooth and hairless, with a pointed tip – as described by Woodland Trust.