The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

The Top 6 Bluebell Woods

28 Apr 2016


Uh-oh, I have a feeling this list will be highly contentious… We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods in Oxon and Bucks, so I’ve drawn up this list really as a prompt as the blubells don’t last long and the May Bank Holiday is nearly here – a great opportunity to go and enjoy the view. If you think there is a horrific omission, a crime against nature no less, let me know and I’ll put it on the list!

Right then (*gulp*), here we go.

Greys Court, Henley
Not only a magically pretty National Trust building and gardens well worth a visit in its own right, but the Greys Court Spinney Woods are a sea of English bluebells, it’s an extrordinariliy beautiful site. Here’s my post about the bluebells at Greys Court from 2015. The walk itself is either a toddler friendly 750 metres or a more stretchy 2-3k depending on how you’re feeling.

Cowsleaze Woods, nr Watlington
This lovely wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. Plenty of paths to explore and a lovely option for little kids, with all the red kites flying around. But anywhere up near Christmas Common will provide stunning bluebells.

Badbury Clump, nr Faringdon
A spectacular display of bluebells among the beech trees at Badbury Hill and Badbury Clump. Badbury Clump is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort from about 600BC with woodland paths and trails perfect for families, with a free car park nearby.

Foxholes, nr Burford
Ancient woodland 4 miles south of Burford, with an easy circular Wildlife Walk (1.75 miles) and carpets of bluebells in May, plus seven types of bat if you time your trip towards the end of the day!

Wendover Wood, Wendover
My local go-to bluebell display, this 325 hectare wood has a cafe, Go Ape, riding trails, children’s woodland play area and displays of bluebells on the extensive paths. You can easily spend a whole day up here, so go when it’s sunny to make the most of the facilities.

Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted
Yeah yeah I know, it’s just over the border into Herts, but the lovely 2000 hectare Ashridge Estate is awash with the little blue flowers over the next month. It’s all lovely and bikeable and there’s a decent outdoor cafe too.

Also worth a mention: Adams Wood, between Frieth and Skirmett a few miles east of Christmas Common; the coppiced beech wood of Low Scrubs near Coombe Hill, just south of Wendover; the display in the circular wooded walk of the Harcourt Arboretum; Magdelen College Oxford;  and any others you care to suggest in the comment box below!

Hero x


2 comments on “The Top 6 Bluebell Woods”
  • penny holley April 28, 2016

    Hambleden Horse Trials was last weekend and the course runs through the truly, truly spectacular bluebell woods on the estate. This is a one time only chance to walk in the Hambleden woods and delight in the bluebells and take your dog and children. There are horses by the hundred thundering about, and coffee and pancakes and – as well as the cross country course through the bluebells – there is showjumping.
    So…bluebells with ACTION for horse mad peeps.
    Love the blog. Thank you so much. I follow SO many of your recommendations, I just had to pass on this one.

  • Carolyn Stockley April 29, 2016

    They are pretty awesome at Nuffield Place too, very fragrant, really beautiful. Please folks when you visit any of the bluebell woods keep to the footpaths !


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