Where to see Bluebells by bus and trainaround the UK

One of the great pleasures of spring is wandering among the lakes of bluebells and other spring flowers that suddenly spill out in April and May through woods across the UK. There are probably bluebells nearby wherever you live, but here are six places you don't need to drive to that are great for a springtime outing.

  • County: around the UK
  • Great for: birds | flowers | gardens | historic houses | Picnics | prehistoric sites | riverside walks |
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  • Please note: researched/updated November2023. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
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  1. 4. Blickling Estate, Norfolk

    Arrive in style by steam railway, get the X44 bus from Norwich, or even walk the Weaver’s Way to arrive at the National Trust’s Blickling Hall. Follow the winding paths through Blickling’s Great Wood. There are carpets of bluebells under the trees, made even bluer by clever woodland management to let in just the right amount of light.

    • The X44 bus leaves Norwich bus station regularly (not Sundays), heading for Sheringham. Hop off in Aylsham and walk along Blickling Road to reach the estate. walk through the town, past the church and via Abel Heath – a lovely half hour’s walk in its own right.
    • The rural Bure Valley Line is a narrow-gauge steam railway from Hoveton and Wroxham stations, offering an eighteen-mile round trip through the Norfolk Countryside. It stops in Aylsham, 1¾ miles from Blickling.
    • Keen walkers could also follow the Weavers Way to Blickling along a dismantled railway line from North Walsham, eight miles away.
    • Follow Good Journey’s directions.
  1. 5. Stoneycliffe Wood Nature Reserve, Yorkshire

    This wood, just outside Wakefield, has some lovely springtime displays and you can follow winding paths through the green oak and birch trees.

    • Get the train to Wakefield Westgate; step out of the station onto Westgate and find stop W8 and hop on bus 231 towards Huddersfield, which crosses the River Calder. Get off at Coxley View and the entrance to the woods is nearby.
    • Harlow Carr Gardens are also not too far away, accessible from Harrogate railway station. A woodland area complements the beautiful stream-side and kitchen gardens, glasshouses and wildflower meadows. Spring arrives in the woods with a rainbow of rhododendrons and camellias.
    • There are a couple of options for getting there. One lovely way is to walk through Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, which are also a blaze of springtime colour with tulips, primroses, wallflowers and pansies.
    • And, afterwards, you could have lunch or tea at the famous Bettys tearoom. In fine weather, there’s a tea house right in the middle of the gardens.
  1. 6. Prisk Wood, Gwent

    A Site of Special Scientific Interest on the banks of the River Wye, Prisk Wood has stunning spring bluebells, together with wild garlic, wood anemones, early-purple orchids and yellow archangels. Mosses, ferns and saxifrage fringe the stream-side banks. It’s one of several Wye Valley bluebell woods, some of which are visible from the bus.

    • From Stand 1 in Chepstow bus station, catch hourly bus 69 towards Monmouth 
    • This bus takes you, past Chepstow racecourse and beautiful Tintern Abbey, and along the Wye Valley to the pretty village of Redbrook, on the Welsh-English border. Cross the river and turn left onto Lone Lane to find the wood. Follow Good Journey’s directions.
    • The Boat Inn is just over the bridge and serves beer, cider and perry from local brewers.
    • Offa’s Dyke Path leaves from the bus stop, up into the hills above the river.
    • There are also bluebells and wild garlic in Cadora Woods nearby; this whole valley is one of the UK’s most important areas of ancient semi-natural woodland.
    • On the way back, you could also visit Chepstow Castle, five minutes’ stroll from the bus station.
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