There are few more cheerful sights at this time of year than clusters of delicate snowdrops proving that spring isn’t too far away. Look out for them on these three countryside rambles
Like the first Christmas ads of the year, snowdrops always seem to arrive earlier than you expect them to, catching you a little off-guard. It’s as if the mind hasn’t yet adjusted to the prospect of seeing blooming plants while it’s still so cold.
But January is indeed the time when snowdrops begin to flower, appearing everywhere from parks, church yards and grass verges to riverbanks and woodland. When they get into full bloom, they appear like white carpets, just as swathes of bluebells cover woodland floors later in the year. All three of our walks take you to spots where there’s a good chance of seeing plenty of these Galanthus (from the Greek for “milk flower”).
ROUTE 1 – A steep climb to a rewarding landmark near Monmouth
ROUTE 2 – Enjoy a scenic river, pools and quaint villages near Bridgnorth, Shropshire
ROUTE 3 – Experience fine mountain views and moorland trails in Pentrefoelas, near Betws-y-Coed, Conwy
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For the full feature on snowdrop walks, see the January 2019 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here.
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