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Best bluebell walks in Berks

Blooming 'eck! The bluebells are breaking cover in Berkshire. Here's where to find the best of them on your sprightly springtime walk.

What’s a sure sign that it’s finally Spring? Retiring your thermals, yes. Hayfever sufferers looking like a rabbit with myxomatosis, definitely. But more excitingly it’s the arrival of bluebell season. We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods in Berkshire.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon

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At Basildon Park just ask at the visitor centre for the best places to spot them around the grounds. There are number of walks you can enjoy of varying lengths. So if you have little Mudders the National Trust staff will point you in the right direction and the best routes to take.

Pit stop: The Swan at Streatley is 3.5 miles and The Royal Oak in Yattendon, just 5.5 miles away.

Bisham Woods ,Cookham Dean

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Any wood that is said to have been the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s Wildwood in Wind In the Willows, has got to be worth a visit. Particularly when its rolling out the blue carpet. To keep your kids putting one foot in front of the other, download the Wind in the Willows walk leaflet and set off on a literary adventure.

Pit stop: The Golden Ball pub is a super stop for walkers – kid and dog friendly.

Cliveden National Trust, Taplow

Cliveden National Trust bluebell woodland walks

The formal gardens at this National Trust gem on the Bucks/Berks border are a sight to behold in all seasons, but you’ll need to venture into the ancient woodlands surrounding them to get the best views of the bluebells in April. Pick up a leaflet or download this online guide for tips on where to walk to spot them.

Pit stop: If your purse doesn’t stretch to the Astor Grill, then The Oratory Café is a good option.

Rushell Farm, Stanford Dingley

Bluebell walks at Rushall Farm in Reading

Every year Rushell Farm opens up its woodland for beautiful bluebell walks in aid of Reading MS Society. The spring strolls start from the impressive Rushall Manor and take you on a variety of walks on ‘permitted paths’ that vary in length from a dedicated 5 miles down to a short, ‘wheelchair friendly’ circuit. You can visit the weekend of the 23 – 24 April and 30 April – 1 May.

Pit stop: You’re minutes from The Old Boot in Stanford Dingley – loved by locals, it’s cosy, with a big garden to boot the kids out.

Pope’s Meadow, Bracknell

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Pope’s Meadow, names after Binfield’s most famous resident – the 18th century poet and philosopher Alexander Pope, is a Green Flag Award winning site and has a small wooded copse full of bluebells. You never know, it might even inspire you write poetry too. At Binfield Road in Bracknell are The Three Copses( Temple Copse, Tinker’s Copse and Jock’s Copse ) – hazel coppice woodlands full of bluebells with a handy circular walk through them.

Pitstop: The Dog and Duck is just 4 miles away.

Moor Copse, Tidmarsh

Moor Copse in Tidmarsh (between Theale and Pangbourne) is an area of tranquil woodland surround by a patchwork of meadows and pastures set in the heart of the Pang Valley. There’s a free guided tour on Saturday 29 April, 2.30pm-4.30pm to see the bluebells, early purple orchids and cowslips at their very best. It’s a 2-mile stroll, but the paths can get a bit muddy in places, so sandals and heel are probably not a good idea.

Pit stop: Make a dash to The Swan in Pangbourne, a riverside pub, just two miles away.

Warburg Nature Reserve, Henley

The Warburg Nature Reserve in Henley is holding a gentle guided stroll around the reserve to see the bluebells, other wild flowers and all the signs of spring on Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Pit Stop: Rowers’ favourite The Little Angel on the Berkshire side of Henley, is 5 miles away.

Carpet of bluebells in Bowdown Wood Newbury with a fallen tree in the middle of the shot

Bowdown Woods, Newbury

Bowdown Woods just south of Newbury is a magical ancient wood that stretches from the vast heathland at Greenham Common down to the River Kennet and is full of hidden valleys, sunny glades and patches of heathland with bluebells at every turn. The Wildlife Walk takes in some damp clay areas on the lower slopes and steep climbs up to higher, drier ground.

Pit stop: You’re spoilt for choice: fun feels of The Dolphin and The Globe in Newbury town centre or head a smidge out of town to the newly refurbished Hare & Hounds.

Greys Court, Henley

Not only a magically pretty National Trust building and gardens well worth a visit in its own right, but the Greys Court Spinney Woods are a sea of English bluebells, it’s an extraordinarily beautiful site. The walk itself is either a toddler friendly 750 metres or a more stretchy 2-3k depending on how you’re feeling.

Pit stop: Antony Worrall Thompson’s The Greyhound, Rotherfield Peppard, is 2.5 miles away or The Bull On Bell Street is a 7 minute drive.

Parsonage Farm, East Garston

Bit of a hidden gem and a little off the beaten track… Parsonage Farm in East Garston is opening up its stunning bluebell woods to the public on 8 May in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. There will be all the blue prettiness and ice cream, tea, cake and teddy bear hunt.

Pit stop: The Queens Head at East Garston is practically on the doorstep..

Also worth visiting: Chazey Wood, within the Mapledurham estate. Highwood, Woodley with its mixture of lowland woodland and heathland which used to be part of the grounds of Woodley Lodge. The Coombe, Streatley, has an abundance of bluebells in the spring. Cayfield Copse, Caversham has a lovely woodland walk suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Dinton Pastures Country Park in Wokingham and Lily Hill Park in Bracknell deliver an abundance of blue.

6 comments on “Best bluebell walks in Berks”

  • Michelle Kinch April 19, 2021

    Ferneygrove are not doing a Bluebell Walk this. year

    Reply
    • rachel May 4, 2021

      Such a shame but one for the list next year

      Reply
  • Hayley mc April 26, 2019

    Please help me find ‘Brick Hill’ in Chilton Foliat. No maps have any record of this place. How do I reach it from Hungerford? Thanks

    Reply
  • Ann April 26, 2019

    Hi. Do you know of any bluebell walks suitable for wheelchairs please?

    Reply
    • rachel April 26, 2019

      I believe Rushall Farm and Popes Meadow both have wheelchair friendly walks. Should be the best weekend to see them in all their glory. Rachel x

      Reply
  • Sharon Lambourne March 22, 2019

    Don’t forget Sulham Woods…. Greyhound or The Elephant quite close!

    Reply

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