Bluebells galore!

There's loads of places to walk through bluebell woods in beautiful Bucks and it's so uplifting to see the carpet of blue flowers and the promise of summer round the corner.

The beautiful manicured gardens of Cliveden are worth a visit but if you head into the glorious woodlands that reach down to the Thames, you'll be rewarding with carpets of bluebells. They'll even surply you with a leaflet on the best places to spot them in the extensive woods at this National Trust beauty on the Berks / Bucks border.

Another National Trust gem is the gardens at Stowe with its fabulous lake, Grecian temples, sculptures and beautiful vistas. They have planted hundreds of thousands of new bulbs over the last few years, including a host of beautiful bluebells.

Hughenden Manor also boasts areas of bluebells in their ancient woodlands as well as some popping up in their formal gardens. Once the home to Prime Minister Disraeli, there's plenty to see inside the National Trust house, as well as in their lovely grounds.

Wendover Woods are the perfect spot for bluebell spotting, plus you can enjoy refreshments from their large cafe, a segway round the pathways or a swing in the tree canopy courtesy of Go Ape.

Ashridge Estate is just across the border in Hertfordshire but the end of April / beginning of May sees a carpet of bluebells that goes on forever. This is a very popular spot to see them so off-peak visits are recommended.

Hambledon Valley in the Chilterns has quinessentially quaint English villages, hill top forts and stunning countryside to explore. You'll find bluebells on many of the routes with Christmas Common offering a particularly spectacular display.

Buckinghamshire Parks are also great places to spot bluebells. Black Park has 530 acres to explore with woods full of bluebells, a 14 acre lake and lots of family fun activities all year round. Langley Country Park has numerous trails amongst the woodlands, heathlands, grasslands and pleasure gardens, plus a lake and children's play area with activities on offer. Denham Country Park is surrounded by the Grand Union Canal and the rivers Misbourne and Colne with plenty of open space and recreation areas.

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