Bluebells in the Cotswolds



As we all begin to enjoy the warmth of the sun again, we are reminded of the beauty of the English countryside in spring.  From the middle of April, woodlands around the Cotswolds burst into life with a fabulous blue haze of bluebells.  Nature puts on a show like no other, with swathes of delicate bluebells carpeting ancient woodlands.

Early bluebells

There’s something truly captivating about wandering through a bluebell wood during the fleeting weeks of mid-April to early May.  It’s a reminder to seize the moment,  cherish the beauty that surrounds us, and to make the most of nature’s fleeting gifts. There are many locations within reach of Daisy Chain, on the Lower Mill Estate in Cotswold Water Park. Here’s our pick of some of the best:

  1.  Siccaridge Woods lie north west of Cirencester and is a semi-ancient woodland rich in wildlife and boasting a carpet of bluebells in spring. 
  2. Harebushes Wood is a hidden gem within Cirencester itself, and is accessed through the Norman Arch by Cirencester’s Abbey grounds.  
  3. To the west of Cirencester lies Badbury Clump. where there was once an Iron Age Hill Fort at the top of Badbury Woods.  Badbury Clump is very popular as its beech woods team up with bluebells for a spectacular display of nine acres of bluebells.  
  4. Silk Wood at Westonbirt Arboretum the national arboretum is a glorious woodland in Spring with the carpets of bluebells.  Whilst at Westonbirt visitors can enjoy the 300m Tree top walkway which takes you 13 metres up into the tree canopy and children will enjoy the 1 mile Gruffalo trail.   
  5. At Batsford Arboretum, visitors will enjoy a huge range of flowering spring bulbs from snowdrops to hellefores, daffodils and narcissi and shady glades of bluebells.   
  6. Further afield, West Woods in near Marlborough is a large plantation of beech trees on a site of an ancient woodland.  West Woods has fantastic displays of bluebells in late spring and a good network of trails allow easy access.  It is very popular with walkers and photographers alike.

As the days grow longer and the warmth of spring envelops the countryside, why not venture into the Cotswolds and experience the fleeting beauty of bluebell woods for yourself?  Take a moment to pause, to breathe in the sweet scent of wildflowers, and to lose yourself in the tranquility of nature’s embrace.  After all, these moments of magic are what memories are made of.

Enjoy exploring!