Not long after Easter, towards the end of April, the bluebells start to appear in woodland across the UK. Forests are transformed with an enchanting carpet of vibrant purple flowers. It is magical to go for a bluebell walk in the forest at this time. Bluebells are an indicator of ancient woodland with many bluebell woods dating back to at least 1600. Bluebells are often associated with fairy folklore and are sometimes called ‘fairy thimbles’. Young children can enjoy imagining calling fairies by pretending to ring the bluebells (without touching them of course!).
Where to go for a Bluebell Walk in Gloucestershire
Here is the Red Kite Days guide to best places to go for a bluebell walk in Gloucestershire. If you’re got a favourite spot not on the list or a bluebell woods picture you’d like to share, please tell us about it on our Facebook page or by tagging us on Twitter @redkitedays
- Bluebell trail near Wenchford picnic area (Blackeney)
- Dean Heritage Centre (Soudley nr Cinderford)
- Woodland walks around St Briavels Castle (Lyney)
- Beechenhurst is one of Britain’s oldest and largest woodlands (nr Coleford)
- Nagshead RSPB (Lyney)
- Firth Wood (Bussage, nr Stroud)
- Standish Woods (Stroud)
- Lassington Woods (Highnam)
- Woodchester Mansion Park (Stonehouse)
- Sicarridge Wood (Sapperton)
If you’re close the the Welsh border, you could also check out the woodlands at Coed Beddick which are close to Parva Farm vineyard.
Bluebell Fun Facts
Did you know that in the Bronze Age, bluebell sap was used to attach feathers to arrows and has also been used to bind pages in the spines of books? The bluebell is a symbol of constancy and may be the origin of the tradition that a bride should wear ‘something blue’ on her wedding day.
The amazing family photo appearing in this article was taken by Alexandra Tandy Photography.