Bluebell walks in Norfolk: Prettiest routes
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Discover Norfolk’s beautiful bluebell woodlands this spring as we pick 10 of the best places to visit for a relaxing stroll among the violet heads
[Please check visiting information and government guidelines before traveling to these bluebell woods.]
• Foxley Wood
Head a mile north-east of Foxley village on the A1067 to discover the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk. There are signposted walks to follow with maps along the way.
Cared for by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the woodland is carpeted with brightly-coloured bluebells in spring and inhabited by wildlife ranging from green and great spotted woodpeckers and tawny owls to beautiful butterflies.
Open 10am to 5pm all year round (closed Thursdays), free parking available, no dogs allowed
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• Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe
Not far from the market town of Wymondham lies Lower Wood in Aswellthorpe village. To conserve this Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust coppice the wood to encourage new growth.
Patient ramblers stepping alongside the swathes of cobalt-hued bluebells and fragrant wild garlic may spot red, roe and muntjac deer through the branches of the ancient woodland.
Open dawn until dusk every day, year round, no dogs allowed, parking available daily 9am to 5pm
• Buckenham Woods
As well as a reputation for bluebells in the spring, these woods, near Strumpshaw, are known for their resident birds, butterflies and dragonflies.
The area, a mixture of woodland, rough open grassland and two semi wet areas is managed with assistance from Blofield & District Conservation Group.
Open year round, limited parking
• Wayland Wood
Wayland Wood near Watton is the alleged setting of the story of Babes in the Wood – a dark fable dating back to the 16th century about a brother and sister who are cruelly left to their own devices in the woods. Today, explorers in one of the largest woods in South Norfolk can expect to discover purple orchids, wood anemone and nightingales in addition to spring bluebells – lucky walkers may even spot a golden pheasant strutting through the leaves.
Insect lovers should also keep an eye out for the diverse selection of moths inhabiting Wayland Wood – there are over 250 species!
Open dawn to dusk every day, parking available, no dogs allowed
• Blickling Estate
The red brick mansion of Blickling Hall is surrounded by 950 acres of woodland and parkland – with wildflowers such as bluebells, campions and yellow archangel growing among the many trunks of oak, chestnut, beech, rowan and ash.
The gardens at Blickling are open 10am to 4pm at the time of writing and the parkland is open from dawn to dusk. Please check the website for full details before visiting as pre-booking is required.
• Bacton Wood
Just 2.5 miles north-east of North Walsham lies Bacton Wood. Walkers can choose from three waymarked walks and can hope to see over 30 species of tree in addition to bluebells in the spring months.
Whether you’re taking a gentle stroll, bike ride or on horseback, visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of Bacton Wood. While enjoying the bluebells, keep an eye out for two sessile oaks which are over 200 years old.
Open dawn to dusk, parking is available off the B1159 between Bacton and North Walsham, dogs on leads are welcome
• Burlingham Woods
Burlingham Woods is a mixture of mature woodland and more recent wood and orchard plantings with three easy, circular walks of one mile, two miles or three miles offering a glimpse of bluebells.
The wood is owned by Norfolk County Council and maintains a wild, rural feel. There’s a historic sense here where trails pass through and around land associated with the late Georgian Burlingham Hall, which was demolished about 50 years ago.
• Sheringham Park
Expect coastal views and woodland magic at Sheringham Park. Not far from the seaside attractions of Cromer and Sheringham, the National Trust landscape park and woodland garden boasts fine mature woodlands with a large variety of rhododendrons, azaleas and spring bluebells during spring.
Visit during the spring for pretty bluebell walks.
In the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, is surrounded by a 130 acre woodland. There are four miles of pathways to traverse.
The garden is a mix of native and cultivated planting including beautiful pockets of bluebells, candelabra primula and rhododendron. Once you have your bluebell fill, visit the tearoom for tea and cake.
Admission costs and opening times apply
• Sisland Carr
Near to Chedgrave and Loddon, Sisland Carr is a small wood of just under 30 acres with a mix of conifers and broadleaf trees, managed by the Woodland Trust. Head here in April and May to enjoy bluebells carpeting the woodland floor.
There is free parking at the site