Think of the Cotswolds and you’ll probably think of the countryside, relaxation, and peace and quiet. And you would...
Spring has sprung, temperatures are rising, bluebells are out in all of the woods and forests in the Cotswolds and you want to spend more time outdoors… it must be May, then.
These wonderful places in the Cotswolds are some of the very best to go if you want to see those beautiful bluebells in full flower.
Foxholes is a picturesque and peaceful woodlands by the River Evenlode near Bruern in Oxfordshire. The area is beautiful throughout the year, but it is especially famed for it's spectacular display of bluebells in Spring.
Dover's Hill in Chipping Campden is the natural amphitheatre of the Cotswolds, with views overlooking the Vale of Evesham. It is known far and wide as the setting for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games which most years are held in the first weekend of June. But the rest of the year, Dover's Hill is known and loved by walkers, ramblers, runners and families just out to play.
The steep (but not too steep) hill lends itself to all sorts of play of the rolling variety, the views are breathtaking no matter the weather and dogs love the open fields almost as much as the sheep. In bluebell season you will find the flowers in the woods at the foot of the hill.
Dover's Hill is picture perfect any time of year, and worth a visit by locals, visitors and tourists alike.
Lassington Woods just outside Highnam in Gloucestershire is a wonderful place, perfect for a stroll in bluebell season and, indeed, any time of year. The bluebells grow wild and wide here, a truly fabulous place to go to experience these little beauties in Spring.
Oversley Wood near Alcester has a large variety of trees and is positively bursting with wildflowers, not least in bluebell season when they are like a blanket laid out for walkers and other visitors to enjoy. You can follow one of the circular walks to explore the wood.
Leckhampton Hill just south of Cheltenham is a wonderful hill and common with a great number of paths that criss-cross all over the area, including the Cotswold Way, that can be used for walking and dog-walking. In several places you will also find the most beautiful bluebell patches in Spring.
Walks on the Hill and Common can start from a number of car parks or via connecting paths, or access points.
Send us your bluebell pictures and Cotswold location to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to this list.