Visit 9 of the best bluebell woods in North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 09:21 08 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 08 April 2015
The woods and forests of North Somerset have some of the most beautiful native bluebells in Britain. If you have a passion for wonderful woodland walks here are 9 of our favourite North Somerset bluebell woods to wander.
Prior’s Wood near Portbury
Prior’s Wood is one of North Somerset’s prettiest places to walk. It was once part of Tyntesfield Estate and shares a lot of the same air of mystery as the famously eccentric house. If you are visiting with a loved one, make sure to take the path just past Charlton Farm and pass through the kissing gate to enter the woods - it’s almost as enchanting as the bluebells themselves.
Leigh Woods near Clifton
Leigh Woods are much loved locally for fantastic mountain biking and summer picnics. But visit in late spring and bluebells steal the show completely. Early morning when to see them at their best and take photographs. Nothing is more photogenic than sunrise and a sea of bluebells.
King’s Wood and Urchin Wood between Cleeve and Wrington
Follow the road between Cleeve and Wrington and you’re spoiled for bluebell experiences. King’s Wood and Urchin Wood are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, so expect top quality flowers - and if total peace and serenity is what you crave, you’re in luck here.
Gordano Valley near Portishead
Gordano Valley National Nature Reserve is beautiful at this time of year and not short on gorgeous woodland walks. Weston Big Wood is perfect for bluebells and spotting wildlife - keep an eye out for a brown hare as well as otters and water shrews down by the brook.
Snake’s Well Wood near Abbots Leigh
Snake’s Well Wood is as mysterious and ancient as it sounds. The thick, woodland canopy here makes ideal bluebell conditions and a walk round Abbots Pond is a must at this time of year.
You don’t need much of a reason to visit brilliant Ashton Court for a day out. But if you did, the bluebells at this time of year would do just fine. If you’re visiting with children, try to coincide your trip with one of the 22 days that the miniature railway operates.
Goblin Combe near Cleeve
A pretty 10 minute walk from Cleeve, Goblin Combe offers amazing views over the Mendips. The valley is carpeted with a fern and yew forest which is home to a rich variety of animal and plant species.
Weston Wood near Weston-super-Mare
Mighty Weston Wood is a North Somerset legend for bike trails, hiking and family days out. At this time of year it adds endless bluebells to its many attractions and is well worth a visit.
When a North Somerset wood lays claim to the name ‘bluebell’ it can’t afford to be anything but spectacular. You’ll find this beauty on the coastal route between Uphill and Weston-super-Mare and it doesn’t disappoint.