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24th April - 22nd May 2019

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Top 10 Bluebell Beauty Spots

The birds are tweeting, deer are dancing and I'm skipping my way through bluebells to the nearest pub.

I’m channelling a Disney princess circa 1960, with Jackie O sunglasses and hunter wellies.

Those pretty little blue buds are popping up everywhere and I bribed the kids with triple cooked chips to join me on a hunt for the top bluebell spots in Norfolk with nearby cheeky pit stops along the way. Here’s our favourite top 10 ……..

 

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham

Fairhaven at South Walsham hosts it’s annual bluebell weeks from 22 April  – 12 May. Visitors get access to the neighbouring nature reserve and bluebell woods.

Open 10am – 4pm (9pm – May to August)

Pit Stop: The White Horse, Upton

 

Hainford Bluebell Wood, Hainford

Millions of bluebells can be seen in the five acres of this ancient woodland – part of Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park.

Open from dawn till dusk, every day, all year round

Pit Stop: The Hainford Chequers, Hainford

 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe

This ancient woodland was recorded in the Domesday Book. Alongside the bluebells that carpet in spring, wild garlic is also common.

Open from dawn till dusk, every day, all year round

Pit Stop: The Green Dragon, Wymondham – Best Destination Pub Muddy Award Winner 2018

 

Pigneys Wood, Knapton

Home of ‘the Old Oak’ – an impressive 450-year-old ancient oak tree, Pigney Wood is a small woodland area bursting with bluebells in spring. For the nature buffs among you this is also home to a variety of rare wildlife.

Open from dawn till dusk, every day, all year round

Pit Stop: The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market

 

Thursford Wood, Thursford 

It is thought that some of the oak trees in Thursford could be more than 500 years old, some of the oldest in Norfolk!

Open from dawn till dusk, every day, all year round

Pit Stop: The Black Lion, Little Walsingham

 

Foxley Wood, Foxley

The largest ancient woodland in Norfolk, Foxley Wood is a magical sight when in full bloom. There are signposted walks and wildlife a plenty, so definitely worth a visit.

Open 10am to 5pm all year round (closed Thursdays), free parking available, no dogs allowed. 

Pit Stop: The Fox, Lyng

 

Walsingham Abbey, Walsingham 

The garden and grounds surrounding Walsingham Abbey ruins are famous for their snowdrops but they also have a pretty impressive display of bluebells this time of year.

Open 10am – 4pm 

Pit Stop: The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-sea or The Three Horseshoes, Wareham

 

Wayland Wood, Watton

Allegedly the setting of 16th Century Fable Babes in the Wood, Wayland Wood is just outside Watton – where yours truly grew up. As a child the scary fable kept us out of the woods for years, so I never got to experience the bluebell wonder – thanks Mum!

However, as we walked around the densely packed trees it’s easy to believe there might just be some truth in the dark tale.

Open dawn to dusk every day, parking available, no dogs allowed

Pit Stop: The Willow House, Watton

 

Blickling Estate

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In the 1930’s, thousands of bluebell bulbs were planted in Blickling’s formal gardens and now they’re everywhere! Take a walk up to the temple, around the lake and into the great woods for a great day exploring the grounds of this beautiful house.

The gardens at Blickling are open 10am to 5.30pm and the parkland is open from dawn to dusk

Pit Stop: The Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling

 

Bacton Wood, Bacton 

Bacton Wood dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and you can choose from three marked walks through the bluebell strewn woods.

Open dawn to dusk, parking is available off the B1159 between Bacton and North Walsham, dogs on leads are welcome

Pit Stop: Sugar & Spice Cafe, Bacton

 

Sheringham Park

Various marked trails take you through the beautiful woodland gardens and along the coastal path running through Sheringham Park.

Just outside the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham, there’s plenty to keep you busy for the day. We felt energetic and cycled along the coastal path from Kelling Heath Holiday Park to Sheringham Park. Another mile or so on to Sheringham town for a bit of beach, arcades and fish and chip action, then we caught the steam train (bikes safely loaded in the luggage carriage) back to Kelling Heath, phew!

Open dawn to dusk, parking available and dogs welcome.

Pit Stop: The Ship Inn, Weybourne

 

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