The best bluebell walks
Blooming 'eck! Bluebells are popping up in their billions across Northamptonshire. Here's where to find the best of them on your daily dose of exercise.
We’re so lucky to have the most incredible ancient bluebell woods in Northamptonshire. The sun may yet shine and there are plenty of options to get your fix of the little blue fellas. Here’s our pick (ahem) of the best hotspots to visit. And breathe.
Maintained by the Woodland Trust, the ancient woods at Everdon Stubbs are rich in native wildlife, you can barely walk ten steps here without rubbing shoulders with Fox and Badger, the bluebells are juuust about to burst forth. As a Northants native, this was our go-to woodland for bluebells growing up. Rope swings dotted around the place, hanging from some of the huge oaks and sweet chestnut trees are always a winner for the tiddlers (and grown-ups, obvs).
Bucknell Woods and Hazelborough Forest
These two neighbouring woodlands at the edge of Silverstone are a wonderful place to lose yourself and forget the madness going on in the world. There are a range of pathways, from narrow, winding footpaths to broad tracks, some of which are ideal for cycling and horse riding. Bucknell and Hazelborough have both deciduous and coniferous areas of planting, and fallow deer can often be spotted hopping through the clearings.
We love the undulating landscape in Badby Woods on the Fawsley Estate, which are marked as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, having stood here for over a thousand years and abundant with flora and fauna. The crumbling grandeur of the old gatehouse and the entrance to the woods makes a picturesque scene. Rough footpaths, so not one for the buggy or wheelchair.
Part of Rockingham Forest, this special place has a vast abundance of bluebells awaiting with loads of hidden spots 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 often awash with butterflies at this time of year.
This is a magical spot of woodland crammed full of beautiful nature. It has been kept on top form by regular coppicing 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. There is a little walk to reach the woods so you’ll get your steps in for the day too. Win.