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Walk the Bluebells of Northants

Who doesn't love a bed of bluebells? Here are a few of our faves; where are yours?

Spring is finally here, and yes it may not be warm enough for dresses and shorts just yet but ditch your winter coats, put your walking shoes on and say hello to these beautiful places packed full of bluebells (the invasion of bluebells in Northamptonshire is a sight to behold)! If you fancy an amble around some of the prettiest spots, full of nature’s gems, here are a few of our favourites. 

Cotton Manor Garden. 

Could this be one of the most beautiful bluebell woods in England? We think so! Spread across 5 acres you can really get lost in this scenic bluebell destination. This garden only has English bluebells, but who can tell the difference? They’re all as pretty as each other aren’t they! Afterwards you can visit the Stableyard Cafe which is open 12pm – 5:30pm and enjoy light lunch options, teas and cakes. If the weather is being kind, you can enjoy your food and drink outside in the Stable Yard under the trees or in their converted stables. You can also enjoy a little mooch around their gift shop and after that, enjoy a stronger beverage and some pub grub at Chequers in Ravensthorpe.

Short Wood and Southwick Wood. 

Part of Rockingham Forest, this special place has many bluebells awaiting with loads of hidden spots in the area to discover.  Short Wood is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest that has managed areas of oak, ash and maple trees and small areas of blackthorn scrub; and sometimes nightingales can be heard. A perfect place for you and your pooch, this scenic route is full of nature and many butterflies inhabit the woods, making it even more scenic. Take a wonder into Dodhaws Woods, named after the ancient woodland that once existed their, now a scenic carpet of grass surrounded by trees waiting for you to take it all in. 

This is a magical spot of woodland crammed full of beautiful nature. It has been kept on top form by regular cutting of shrubs and trees to provide a reliable supply of wood for fuel and tools. But, the best part, the beautiful bluebells… When the sunlight hits and shines through the trees, this is a magical place to take it all in and admire the beauty. After you have done the walk, food and drink awaits at Middlemore Farm, a congenial pub with period features. You can still enjoy the scenic countryside with the beautiful views the pub has to offer. 

Lamport Hall. 

Not only does Lamport Hall have a generous offering of bluebells, this is a perfect place to spend the day in their gardens and take a tour around the historic house. Dating back to 1655, the gardens have been a popular destination throughout its history. Gardens include the Walled ‘cutting garden’, which is thought to be one of the largest cutting gardens in England, full of colour and a variety of plants and gravelled pathways. This is a magical place to roam with hidden doors and relaxing benches to discover (just breathe in the history). Lamport Hall also hosts regular events, perfect for a day out with your family/mates/yourself.

The views from the Swan at Lamport are stunning

Enjoy your afternoon/evening, in the The Swan at Lamport, a pub & grill offering a large selection of food using fresh local ingredients, a fantabulous country pub experience which you can read all about here (plus a few more local places of interest)! 

 

Contributing words: Ciaran McGonigle

 

 

 

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