Bluebell walks in Oxfordshire
21 March 2023
What are the top places to spot bluebells in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire?
The carpet of bluebells in woodlands is one of the most lovely sights in late April and early May. Not only is it a sure sign that warmer weather is on its way, it also makes for amazing photo-opportunities. However one has to be EXTREMELY careful. Because bluebells have soft, succulent leaves, once the leaves are damaged, they are unable to absorb the sun and photosynthesise so they die back. In turn, this means they can’t put food back into their bulbs, reducing their ability to produce flowers and seeds. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish – around 5-7 years from seed to flower and minor damage can have long-lasting impact. PLEASE stick to the paths and DO NOT TRAMPLE ON THEM.
- Shotover Woods/ country park – FREE- OX3 8TA
We visited yesterday (on 20/4/2022) and were pleasantly surprised to see the bluebells were already in full bloom! This, coupled with the glorious weather and play in sand pit made one of our best days over the Easter holidays.
- Stoke Wood, near Bicester – FREE- OX27 8RS
It is one of the local favourites for family and dog walks but also has a carpet full of bluebells in April/ May. There are tree to climb, huge fallen tree trunks to peep into and beautiful dens to build and climb
- Badbury Hill, Faringdon -FREE- SN7 7NL
This place 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. It is an NT property but is free to access for everyone. You only need to pay for car park
- Bagley Wood, Kennington– FREE- OX1 5NE
We visited it today and loved the bluebells everywhere. There is no dedicated parking, so please read our blog post for details on what’s the best route HERE!
- Greys Court, Henley on Thame (National Trust) RG9 4PG
The Spinney woods floor was full of blue and purple bluebells when we visited. There are well marked-out paths to follow, which is great so you do not damage the bluebells but get close enough to get your perfect photo. As you walk through paths, you can actually smell the beautiful scent too. Nuffield Place is another NT property which boasts of a good bluebell walk. It is quite close by and you can easily do both in one visit
- Harcourt Arboretum OX44 9PX
Harcourt Arboretum became one of our favourites when we first visited in Autumn 2020. It made me fall in love with its truly stunning autumnal walk with vivid red colours but we were not disappointed when we went again in quest of BLUEBELLS. We also witnessed the truly mesmerizing sight of peacocks calling and displaying magnificently during the mating season which coincided with the bluebells. Will you be lucky too?
- Foxholes nature reserve, near Burford, OX7 6QD – FREE
- Kirtlington Quarry has some bluebells down by the stream too- FREE- OX5 3HW
- Cowleaze Wood, OX49 5HU and Aston Rowant nature reserve, HP14 3YL BOTH near Lewknor
- Basildon Park, Upper Basildon (National Trust) RG8 9NR
- Ashridge Estate, Near Aylesbury (National Trust) or 2.5£pp
- Wendover Woods– FREE- HP22 5NQ
Get ready for amazing play areas, Zog Trail and lovely walks with displays of bluebells.
- Warburg Nature Reserve, near Henley on Thame– FREE- RG9 6BJ
- Hughenden Manor (National Trust)– read our review HERE
- Cliveden (National Trust)– read our review HERE
- Stowe (National Trust) – read our review HERE
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