The Best Walks for Bluebell Woods Hampshire
We talk a lot about the delights of West Sussex and we feel is only right to mention some of the delightful woodland walks to see the Bluebells in Hampshire.
Now is the time to visit the bluebell woods Hampshire for gorgeous displays of Bluebells carpeting the woodland floor.
You get a glimpse of wooded areas covered in Bluebells as you drive around the country roads, but where are the best places to park up and wander among the seas of blue?
We looked at sites in West Sussex and Hampshire close to Plush Tents Glamping and found some truly wonderful places to visit.
Bluebells flower between mid April towards the end of May. This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of Bluebells grow closely together in the woods, creating one of nature’s most stunning displays.
Please note when walking it’s against the law to pick, uproot or destroy bluebells!
Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.
The national trust has some of the best woods and has a great list of Bluebell woods
Hinton Ampner, near Bramdean
This is the first spring that visitors will daily be able to explore the acres of newly opened ancient woodland. The 1,600 acres estate, which has glorious views over the South Downs, is also an excellent starting point for walking routes such as the Wayfarer’s Walk. Enjoy a guided bluebell walk: Saturday, 3rd May, 1 – 3pm, £10 including afternoon tea, booking essential on 01962 771305
Micheldever Wood, near Winchester
Micheldever Wood is 5 miles northeast of Winchester, bordering the M3, in fact the M3 goes through it at points. It is predominantly a beech wood with some conifer interspersed, with many species of wild flowers and associated butterflies and dragonflies. A number of paths make their way through the wood. It is managed today by the Forestry Commission. There are several sites of archaeological interest on a waymarked trail from Northington Lane including an ancient bronze age burial mound and several Iron Age earthworks, like the early Bronze Age bowl Barrow and the Banjo Enclosure . There are information boards at the sites to inform you of the Bronze Age History and settlements.
And for West Sussex –
Kingley Vale, near Chichester
We must include Kingley Vale as this is our closet woods and what a special wood it is! Kingley Vale boasts much to see and explore. It has a grove of ancient trees which are estimated to be amongst the oldest living things in Britain, and one of the finest yew forests in Western Europe. The nature reserve is a perfect opportunity to photograph some of the giant twisted trees. There are a number of notable birds, such as green woodpeckers, red kites and buzzard; it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out!
And the best thing of all is you can walk from Plush Tents!