There’s something very special about seeing the first snowdrops appear and knowing that spring is around the corner. Snowdrops usually flower from January through to the end of February depending on the weather. There are some fantastic places to go for a snowdrop walk in Oxfordshire. If you’d like to travel a little further afield there’s a guide for Buckinghamshire too.
With more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens over the season, enjoy a walk around the gardens to see these little heralds of spring in a magical setting . Snowdrops at Waterperry Gradens runs from 1st Feb 2020 to 29th Feb 2020. Snowdrop Season at Waterperry Gardens.
The display of snowdrops can be found at St Botolph’s Church and there’s and easy loop walk with one steep climb. Map of walk here.
Kingston Bagpuize House & Gardens
The grounds of Kingston Bagpuize near Abingdon have snowdrop walks with several areas of woodland which have been cleared to encourage their growth. There’s also a snowdrop and plant fair on 23rd Feb 2020.
Braziers Park, Wallingford
During the weekends of 8th/9th Feb and 15th/16th Feb vistors to Braziers Park near Wallingford will be able to walk around the estate to savour the delights of Spring. There will also be tea and cake in a pop-up tearoom inside the main house. Braziers Park collection of snowdrops is spread throughout the woodland and gardens. Free maps of the snowdrop walk will be available from the house and guided house tours will run at intervals throughout the weekends.
The site of a former iron age fort, visitors to National Trust’s Badbury Hill should be able to find snowdrops on a walk, however, this site is best known for it’s bluebell woodland walks a few months later.
Snowdrop Walks near Oxfordshire
For 2020, Stowe has a new map and route that will be open from 15 January – 22 March. Follow the paths opened for the first time to see one of the best hidden treasures of the garden at Stowe where the snowdrops blanket the banks as you walk from the Lamport Garden to the Gothic Temple. Winter is a great season for displaying the garden undressed where the defined views open and become more apparent. Find out more.
Visit Cliveden to see wonderful snowdrops in the woodland and also on the steep west-facing escarpment that runs down to the edge of the River Thames. Find out more.
West Wycombe Park
Not usually open in the winter, there is a special snowdrop walk in aid of Child Bereavement UK on 2nd Feb 2020. Find details here.
Following on from the snowdrops towards the end of April, a carpet of bluebells is just as impressive. Find all the best bluewell woodland walks in Buckinghamshire in the Red Kite Days guide.