Carpets of bluebells are possibly the most beautiful and awe-inspiring springtime pleasure and they are eagerly awaited each year.
The blooming seasons for bluebells really vary depending on the weather, but you can usually expect to see them carpeting woodland floors and hillsides throughout April and May, (usually at their very best during May)….it’s a very short-lived season and within weeks the splendour of the bluebells are lost for another year, so make sure you head out to see them whilst they are basking in all their glory.
We’ve asked the FAMILY DAYS LOCAL COMMUNITY for their best recommendations for Bluebell walks.
Here are some of the best places throughout Wales where you will find bluebell carpets.
Coed y Bwnydd, Monmouthsire
During April and May the landscape of this Iron Age hill fort is transformed by a stunning carpet of bluebells, primroses, and various other springtime flowers, making it a haven for wildlife and visitors alike.
Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
Nature has spectacularly transformed this old industrial area into a serene valley garden. The woodland in late spring has beautiful walks through bluebells and other seasonal wildflowers.
Gelli-Hir Wood, Gower
Fabulous carpets await you here. Gelli-Hir is a partly ancient wood, dating from before the 1600s. It is a mixed broadleaved wood. Bluebells, when in bloom, beautifully carpet the southern part of the wood.
**PLEASE TRED CAREFULLY, STICK TO PATHS & DO NOT PICK OR CRUSH THE BLUEBELLS**
Forest fawr Tongwynlais
Fforest Fawr is the stunning backdrop to Castell Coch, a famous castle nestled in the trees above the village of Tongwynlais, There are two trails to the castle and a sculpture trail for children and carpets can be found during April and May.
Cwm Darren park, Bargoed
The path is lined with attractive woodland and bluebells in the spring months.
Great Barnetts Wood, Chepstow
Forest of Dean
You have a chance of crossing paths with wild boar in the forest.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Enjoy a walk through the woods and see bluebells and other spring delights at Chirk Castle. Follow the blue trail on the estate walk into the woodland to find all the best places to view this beautiful bluebell woodland.
Coed Y Bwyl, Bridgend
Cockshoot Wood, Itton Road. Chepstow.
Coed y Wenallt, Cardiff
Coed y Bedw Pentyrch, Cardiff
Situated near Gwaelod Y Garth and Pentyrch – 42 acres of deciduous woodland made up of Oak, Beech, Ash and Alder
Coed Pendugwm, Welshpool
Majestic sessile oaks have nurtured this quiet corner of Wales for over 400 years providing leafy cover for plants and animals and creating a wild wood – the likes of which once covered large areas of the country.
Dolforwyn Woods, Welshpool
Dolforwyn Woods has an interesting mixture of woodland plants, including good numbers of the uncommon Herb Paris and of course, bluebells.
Cwm George & Casehill Woods, Dinas Powys
Visit the ancient sections of this large wood for impressive bluebell displays and also early purple orchid. Head to the ridge between the river valley and gorge to step back in time and find the Dinas Powys hill fort built around 450 BC.
Lodge woods in Caerleon at the top of Lodge Hill.
Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd
Coed Nant y Berws, Ysbyty Ystwyth
This wet woodland is the perfect place to spot bluebells, as well as moss and heather. It’s a small but sweet little wood with wonderful valley views and the chance to spy red kites soaring overhead.
Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh
Melincwrt Waterfalls, Resolven, Neath, Port Talbot.
What more could you want, discover a fabulous waterfall and ancient oak woodland whilst walking through carpets of bluebells and other woodland flowers.
Penderi Cliffs, Ceredigion
Nearly 2 km of cliffs are contained within the reserve, containing unique cliff scrub of small-leaved lime and coves.
Green Castle Woods, Llangain, Near Carmarthen
Treat yourself to a wildflower delight at Green Castle Woods. Carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemones this rich wood is a wildlife haven, with meadows, centuries-old hedges and sunken lanes.
Tregib Woods near Llandeilo
Wentwood, Llanfair Discoed
Located above Churchdown village between Gloucester and Cheltenham. This reserve has excellent views of the Cotswold scarp and contains areas of ancient woodland, scrub and grazed grassland and carpets of Bluebells during April and May.
There’s nothing more beautiful on a spring day than a Cotswold Woodland carpeted with bluebells in sun-lit glades. This nature reserve offers paths meandering through carpets of bluebells that bloom in March/April each year, along with wild garlic.
Go back in time to what is still a Mediaeval landscape. The rich woodland flora includes carpets of bluebells in spring, with early purple and greater butterfly orchids and herb paris.