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It’s Bluebell time!

The colour purple! The 8 prettiest bluebell woods in Muddy Cambs to explore.

It’s that beautiful time of year when purple hues are in abundance and they don’t hang around for long so I’m bashing this out pretty pronto so we can all get out and admire them before they begin to fade. I’m by no means a bluebell connoisseur ,and I’ve a feeling that this might be a contentious list, but if there are other equally beautiful sites that I don’ t know about please do share in the comments box below – knowledge is power and all that. So as a starter…

Waresley & Gransden Woods

Bluebells at Waresley and Gransden woods

Waresley and Gransden Woods are a beautiful place to walk all year round but come Spring the many open grassy areas become a carpet of bluebells, violets and oxlips. A stream with several small bridges divides the woods and allows you to traverse from one side to the other.

Hayley Wood, nr Hatley St George

Hayley Wood Bluebells

An ancient coppiced woodland not far from Great Gransden with a fantastic display of bluebells, wood anemone, oxlips and dog’s mercury come spring time. This ancient woodland is a treasure trove of spring flowers and archaeological clues to times past, there’s a guided walk on Wed 3 May, 10am – 12noon.

Hardwick Wood, nr Highfields Caldecote

Hardwick Wood Bluebells

If you’re into birds then you’ll love Hardwick Wood.  A medieval woodland that’s brimming with our feathered friends – woodpeckers; willow warbler, marsh tit and blackcap have taken up residence. But we’re here to talk about bluebells and in the spring the purple carpet arrives, as well as cowslips and the rare crested cow-wheat usually found on the edge of ancient woodlands. .

Thorpe Wood, Peterborough

Thorpe Wood Gamlingay

It’s not often that you find a bluebell wood in a city but Thorpe Wood, on the edge of Peterborough, is a woodland full of wildflowers – a delightful treasure in an urban setting. Come spring there is a spectacular display of bluebells and the distinctive smell of wild garlic fills the air

Gamlingay Woods

Gamlingay Woods Bluebells

This wood is perfect anytime of year and is worth keeping in your back pocket for when you’re looking for a good walk. Spring brings the rich perfume and icy hue of bluebells, in summer the flowered paths attract clouds of butterflies and in autumn the russets and fungi bring beauty to the colder months.

Brampton Woods

Bluebells at Brampton Woods

It’s not particularly well known but Brampton Woods are Cambridgeshire’s second largest woodland and they’re at least 900 years old. The first records date back to the Doomsday Book.

Eversden Woods, nr Great Eversden, Kingston and Wimpole

Eversden Woods Bluebells

Eversden Woods can be a bit difficult to get to – there’s quite a walk from every direction as they sit between Great Eversden, Kingston and Wimpole – but it’s especially worth the effort at bluebell time. Even at this time of the year it’s a “welly walk” as there can be plenty of boggy tracks.

Lady’s Wood, nr Great Raveley and Upwood

Lady's Wood Bluebells

A small woodland between Great Raveley and Upwood filled with beautiful plants, insects and birds. During April the wood becomes resplendent with the display of bluebells and other wild flowers on display.

 

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