Get a spring in your step with these three relaxed routes taking in seasonal blooms, from hedgerows of wild hawthorn to towering rhododendron in the splendour of Tatton Park
The quintessential spring blossom you’re most likely to see while out walking in May is that of hawthorn, which is also known as the May-tree, and as such is the only tree in Britain to be named after the month in which it blossoms.
A walk when hawthorn is in bloom is as sure a sign as you’ll find that spring is here and summer is just around the corner.
This month’s walks all o er a chance to encounter hawthorn blossom and perhaps the blossoms of other plants, too – indeed, the Tatton Park walk is likely to reward you with flowering rhododendron in the spring. If the sun is shining, these beautiful blooms are just the thing to give you a springtime boost.
ROUTE 1 – A pleasant, easy amble around Tatton Park and Tatton Mere, Cheshire
ROUTE 2 – This walk takes you through the historic Unesco World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, Shropshire
ROUTE 3 – An easy downhill start eventually leads to an uphill climb, but with fine views to reward the effort
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For the full feature on May blossom walks, see the May 2018 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here.
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