Visit 9 of the best bluebell woods in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 09:21 08 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 08 April 2015

Beautiful bluebells © Stephen Gunby, Flickr

Beautiful bluebells © Stephen Gunby, Flickr

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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.

Bluebells in Prior's Wood near Portbury © Kelveden, Flickr Bluebells in Prior's Wood near Portbury © Kelveden, Flickr

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.

Bluebells in Leigh Woods near Clifton © Graham Duerden, Flickr Bluebells in Leigh Woods near Clifton © Graham Duerden, Flickr

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.

Bluebells at Goblin Combe near Cleeve ©   © Martin Bodman, Geographic Bluebells at Goblin Combe near Cleeve © © Martin Bodman, Geographic

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.

Bluebells in Gordano Valley near Portishead © Kelveden, Flickr Bluebells in Gordano Valley near Portishead © Kelveden, Flickr

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.

Bluebells in Snake's Well Wood near Abbots Leigh © Heather Cowper, Flickr Bluebells in Snake's Well Wood near Abbots Leigh © Heather Cowper, Flickr

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.

Bluebells at Ashton Court near Bristol © Nick, Flickr Bluebells at Ashton Court near Bristol © Nick, Flickr

Ashton Court near Bristol

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.

Bluebell woods at Goblin Combe near Cleeve © Yelsel_R, Flickr Bluebell woods at Goblin Combe near Cleeve © Yelsel_R, Flickr

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.

Bluebells in Weston Wood near Weston-Super Mare © Kevin Boyd, Flickr Bluebells in Weston Wood near Weston-Super Mare © Kevin Boyd, Flickr

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.

Plantation and Bluebell Field near Uphill

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.

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