9 great spots to see snowdrops in Devon

Snowdrops at Buckfast Abbey (c) Alison Day, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Snowdrops at Buckfast Abbey (c) Alison Day, Flickr (CC BY 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Each year, from around January through until March, snowdrops can be seen pushing up through the cold winter soil and transforming our woodlands into white wonderlands. It’s the perfect reminder that spring is on the horizon, bringing with it more light and new life to our green spaces. Here is a list of 9 superb spots in Devon to witness this annual spectacle

1) Bickham House, Kenn, Exeter

Situated on the outskirts of Exeter, Bickham House is a small 17th century mansion, set within a two hectare park in a secluded wooded valley.

Visitors wishing to see the blanket of snowdrops which adorn the banks each year, along with a small named collection grown at Bickham Cottage, are invited to on the following dates: February 17, March 31, April 14 and May 12 from 2-5pm. Admission £5.00, children free.

2) The Mount, Delamore, Ivybridge

For a truly sensational snowdrop experience, this woodland walk boasts thousands of unusual varieties of snowdrops heralding the first signs of spring.

Visitors are welcome on the weekend of February 16-17 between 10.30am and 3pm. Admission £4.50, children free.

3) National Trust Killerton

This serene Georgian Mansion and the 2,600 hectares of land that surround it were given to the National Trust in 1944 and since then it has developed into one of the county's best locations to see a variety of plant life.

For your convenience, the National Trust has selected six of the best places to see spring flowers at Killerton with the eponymous garden and Ashclyst Forest giving you the best chance to wander alongside the white winter bloom.

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4) Saltram House, Plympton

Enjoy a winter walk amongst the snowdrops throughout January and February, within this stunning setting overlooking the River Plym. Saltram House is a National Trust building, which provides a green oasis of tranquillity away from Plymouth's city centre located close by. Here you can soak in the beauty of winter's white bloom, with snowdrops framing the pathways around the gardens.

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Entry is free for members of the National Trust. For non-members the price is £8.40 for adults and £4.20 for children from November to February and from March through to October the price goes up to £11.60 for adults and £5.80 for children.

5) Higher Cherubeer, Dolton

With over 400 snowdrop varieties, this is a prime spot to bear witness to one of nature's purest delights. The annual 'whitewashing' of our woodland areas never fails in igniting hope and joy through the dark winter months.

Here at Higher Cherubeer you are able to enjoy a fine array of snowdrops, including a collection of home-cultivated species. Days of opening are as follows: February 8, February 15 and February 23. Admission is £4.00 for adults and free for children.

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6) The church of St. Raphael's Huccaby and Hexworthy, central Dartmoor

You can visit this little treasure deep within the enchanting Dartmoor landscape at any time of year, however it is in February that the outside grounds are transformed by a carpet of snowdrops.

The magic of new life emerging from the earth's wintery depths is reflected in the tranquillity of the place, which is located close to the West Dart River.

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7) Yealmpton, South Hams

The opportunity to see a combination of snowdrops, woodland and wading birds is what attracts walkers to the River Yealm, providing a visual treat for winter weary eyes.

Located near Plymouth, there are a number good pubs, farm shops and cafes to refresh and warm up after a winter day out admiring this dainty white flower.

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8) The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum

Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout January and February, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the annual display of these early spring buds.

The 'winter warmer' menu served in the tea room is yet another lure to get you outdoors on a cold winter's day. Entry fees range from around £5 for adults while children are free up to the age of 15. Please see their website (linked above) for further details.

9) Escot Park, Ottery St. Mary

Just half an hour's drive off the north side of the A30, this wildlife conservation park is a haven for snowdrops at this time of year.

Areas of woodland within the 220 acres surrounding the picturesque historic mansion become a magnificent carpet of snowdrops. With so much to do and see beyond the snowdrops, the area is perfect for a full family day out.


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