Bluebell Woods Yorkshire – Witnessing a carpet of stunning Bluebells is such an enchanting sight, and one of the UK’s great seasonal highlights. Bluebells usually flower from mid-April to late May, depending on the weather. If spring is mild they tend to bloom early. A captivating carpet of native bluebells is an excellent indicator of ancient woodland, which is one of our rarest and most irreplaceable habitats.
Did you know that Bluebells are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If you dig up a wild bluebell you can be heavily fined – so be sure to leave them in the woods where they belong.
My favourite piece of Bluebell information is folklore that used to tell that bluebells ring at daybreak to call fairies to the woods. Awww!
Here are the best places we believe to see Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire!
Skipton Castle Woods
North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW
Skipton Castle Woods is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life and is accessed directly off the high street. These ancient woods have a fascinating history and lie alongside Skipton Castle in the heart of the town. You will find a wide variety of plants and wildlife, flora and fauna to enjoy and during Bluebell season the floor becomes a carpet of stunning vibrant colour.
Nidd Gorge – Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Enchanting and iconic, bluebells are a favourite with the fairies and a sure sign spring is in full swing. The violet glow of a bluebell wood is quite a wildflower spectacle as you explore the ancient woodland in Nidd Gorge. You can also take part in an adventure trail, and keep your eye out for roe deer, herons and woodpeckers as you navigate along the banks of the gentle meandering river. Stroll through the ancient, woodland and along the banks of the river or enjoy stunning views towards the towns of Knaresborough and Harrogate.
For more information on Nidd Gorge Bluebells click here.
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Nostell Gardens in Wakefield is a fantastic place to visit with all the family, particularly in the spring. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air and really appreciate the great outdoors in all its glory. Whilst you enjoy the lake, garden and woodlands during the spring months you will also be treated to an astonishing carpet of bluebells.
After your exhilarating walk you can enjoy hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals from the Courtyard Café.
For more information click here.
Sand Lane, Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43 4XE
This delightful nature reserve is rich in flora and fauna. In spring, visitors can enjoy the beautiful lilac carpet of bluebells which covers the woodland floor. Take a gentle stroll through this idyllic countryside scene and really take the opportunity to connect with nature.
For more information on the Bluebells in Northcliffe Woods visit here.
Moss Valley Woodlands
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
At Moss Valley you can enjoy a peaceful walk in the local, ancient woodland, which is a particular delightful during spring. The leaves are changing, the birds are singing and the bluebell carpet transforms the woodland floor. This is the perfect place for a picnic too. Enjoying a stroll through this beautiful place on the outskirts of Sheffield is just simply good for the soul!
For more information visit here.