If you want loads and loads of bluebells, then Badbury Hill is THE place.. I am not surprised it is thought to be one of the best places to view bluebells in the UK. It is not just the vast blue colour, there is a sweet smell in the air, making the walk all the more pleasurable. Brilliant photo ops for free.
Just across the woods, was the sharply contrasting yellow of rapseed field. Absolutely amazing!!
There was also a cycle trail in the woods, so you are most welcome to bring your bike if you are experienced enough for cross country
What else is in the area:
The coxwell barn is also near by if you wants to do a longer walk. We went to the Faringdon Folly Tower from here, which is in a separate post HERE. The Faringdon Cycle Park is also very close, which is the perfect place to learn to pedal and increase road awareness among the children, with roads, landmarks and safety signs.
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🗺 Address: Badbury Hill, Great Coxwell, Faringdon SN7 7NL
📅 Check the season/days for bluebells
🚘 Parking paid but free for NT members. Alternatively, there’s a free car park about 100 yards away which was quite busy though
🚻 No toilets or baby facilities
🍕 No refreshments
🧺 Picnics allowed
🦽Buggy accessible if you kept to the path
🐕 Dogs on leads welcome
Fun facts about bluebells:
-Bluebells are also called ‘fairy flowers.’ According to an old myth fairies used bluebells to lure and trap people passing by in the woods – especially children.
-Another myth is that if you wear a wreath of bluebells you will be compelled to tell the truth.
-Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world. There is a Spanish variant too
-Bluebells are protected under law in UK. If you dig up and sell a wild bluebell you can be fined £5000 per bulb.
-It takes at least five years for a bluebell seed to grow into a bulb. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish
-it take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise
Moral of the story: Please don’t step on themcontact us HERE