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BEAUTIFUL BLUEBELLS

Carpets of colour ahoy! The 10 prettiest bluebell woods in Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire

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Uh-oh, I have a feeling this list will be highly contentious but let’s do it anyway!

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 these stunning fields of blue are already coming out and only last a few weeks.

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 and if you visit any of the places I suggest, please let me know your thoughts!

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 (an oldie but a goodie!). 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 visiting: 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; Magdalen College Oxford;  and any others you care to suggest in the comment box below!

Hero x

10 comments on “BEAUTIFUL BLUEBELLS”

  • Penny Holley April 20, 2017

    The bluebell woods on the Hambleden Estate just outside Henley … you can’t usually visit but this weekend there is a horse show with horses running through the woods. Well worth a visit and really exciting if you like horses… and the scent of the bluebells is amazing. A brilliant annual event. See you there!

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    • muddystiletto April 20, 2017

      That’s a great tip, thanks Penny. I’ll add that to the feature later today x

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  • Asha April 20, 2017

    We did the Christmas Common walk and it was even more beautiful with bluebells around.

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    • muddystiletto April 20, 2017

      It’s gorgeous up there isn’t it, I walk there a fair bit too! x

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  • Sophie Howard April 20, 2017

    I second the Hambledon Bluebells, and even if you don’t have a passion for horses this event is often run more like a country fair with lots of other attractions. And the walk through the woods is beautiful. I would also say Cliveden bluebells in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. There woodlands there are teaming with them at the moment and there are lots of little paths through them so you can immerse yourself without damaging them.

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    • muddystiletto April 20, 2017

      I think I’m going to check out those Hambleden bluebells, they sound amazing. And good call on Cliveden, I forgot those (*doh*) x

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  • Mike Clarke April 20, 2017

    The woods on the Ridgeway near the back drive into Chequers are good as are those a bit further towards Princes Risborough around the Whiteleaf Hill car park — towards Brush Hill.

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    • muddystiletto April 20, 2017

      Forgot about Whiteleaf too – this is proving quite a bluebell education! Thanks Mike x

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  • Gaye Cornford April 20, 2017

    Stoke Lane wood near Bicester is also lovely. A Woodland Trust wood, ancient woodland, carpets of bluebells as well as wood anemones, good paths, well worth a visit.

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  • Helen Tonkin April 24, 2017

    West Woods at Manton, near Marlborough, open, in aid of the local Lions club, to the public on 2 weekends, on April 30th and May 7th… Always spectacular!!!!!

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