Best places for bluebell walks in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 14:32 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 30 April 2018
There’s nothing quite like the sight of bluebells carpeting the woodland floor. We pick some of the best places in Surrey to see everyone’s favourite springtime flower
Holly Lane, Chipstead CR5 3NR
Tucked away in the north-east of Surrey, Banstead Woods are a haven for walkers, cyclists and those trying to spot the wonderful variety of birds that call the forest their home. Come the springtime, the woods are blanketed with bluebells, dancing in the shadows of the old oak, hazel and ash trees.
Post-walk refreshment: Head for a spot of lunch at the appropriately titled Ramblers’ Rest where you will find tasty, seasonal fare and a lovely, paved garden for when the sun shines.
Little Wix Wood
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT
If you go down to Little Wix Wood this month, you’re sure of a big surprise: an abundance of beautiful bluebells. Regarded by some as the best place to see bluebells, the wood lies at the heart of the National Trust’s Hatchlands Park, which boasts a charming on-site café and shop, a play area for the young and spectacular views of the Georgian manor house.
Post-walk refreshment: Head to The Onslow Arms, offering fantastic food and fair trade coffee, it’s the perfect post-walk stop-off.
Richmond TW9 3AB
A winner at any time of the year, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are always worth a visit with their beautifully-manicured lawns and architectural plants. In April and May, the gardens are always covered in a myriad of spring flowers, the most charming of which are the bluebells, which dance daintily under the sun’s rays.
Post-walk refreshment: Leave the gardens at the Victoria Gate and head over to the Original Maids of Honour, a tea room steeped in local history. Take in the delightfully traditional surroundings over cake, lunch or a delicious set tea – there is even champagne on the menu, should you feel so inclined.
Shere Road, West Horsley KT24 6AP
Situated on the chalk slopes of the North Downs and managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, Sheepleas is a delightfully English blend of woods, scrub and grassland. In spring, the landscape really comes into its own, with bluebells peeping out from under the canopy of trees. On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of London’s skyline.
Post-walk refreshment: Set off for the Duke of Wellington to enjoy traditional pub fare with an American twist, washed down with one of their fine English guest ales.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens, KT8 9AU
Situated in the gardens of what is surely Surrey’s premier address, the historic Hampton Court Palace, ‘The Wilderness’ is a feast for the senses, no matter what the time of year. Springtime, however, is a real treat, with daffodils and bluebells frolicking in the long grass – a must visit.
Post-walk refreshment: Cross over the road to The Mute Swan and enjoy lunch or dinner from the pub’s varied menu, either alfresco on the terrace or whilst admiring the stylishly mismatched furniture and characterful interior.
Denbies Wine Estate
London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA
Spring is the perfect time for a jaunt to Denbies Wine Estate. The particularly energetic can wander around the estate under their own steam, taking in the views of the picturesque Dorking countryside. For those of us who prefer a more leisurely approach to sightseeing, however, help is at hand, in the form of the charming train tour through the vineyard. Sit back, relax and enjoy spotting the bluebells peeping out from the wooded hillside.
Post-walk refreshment: Enjoy a glass of one of Denbies’ own wines at the midway point of the train tour and admire the views with glass in hand, all under the guise of sightseeing.
Hascombe Road, Godalming GU8 4AD
Contrary to what its name might suggest, the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum is far more than a place to simply admire trees, with shrubs and flowers creating explosions of colour all year-round. Amble around the gardens, taking in the beautiful landscape and see some bluebells while you’re at it!
Post-walk refreshment: Jump in the car and pootle over to the Dog and Pheasant, where you will find a range of pub classics to enjoy with a pint of real ale, such as local favourite T.E.A, from the Hog’s Back Brewery.
Priory Lane, Frensham GU10 3BT
If you love the great outdoors, why not consider joining a group of conservation volunteers at a one day event such as those run by Waverley Borough Council on Frensham Common? The group works to preserve the habitats of Surrey creatures by clearing out invasive weeds from meadowland, mowing grass and cutting back vegetation. No experience is needed, all are welcome and you should get to see some bluebells as a reward.
Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8QR
Take a trip over to Reigate Heath to enjoy the splendid views across Surrey from next to the windmill at the top of the hill. Reigate Heath is a wonderful spot to admire all manner of plants, especially bluebells. In the early morning spring light, the dew glistens beautifully on the bell-shaped blooms – a magical sight.
Post-walk refreshment: Escape any April showers at the cosy Skimmington Castle with a hearty lunch and a thirst-quenching beer. You can even take the kids and family dog along.