May sees our woodlands transformed by swathes of beautiful purple-blue flowers. With restrictions lifting, these three walks combine guaranteed sightings with lovely views
It’s one of the most iconic and magical sights of spring: for a happy few weeks each year, woodland floors become carpets of violet-blue, as one of the nation’s favourite plants comes into flower. And this year, more than ever, the uplifting sight is set to be cherished like never before.
In Britain we’re lucky enough to have a staggering half of the world’s bluebell population. As the name suggests, the flowers are in the shape of drooping bells, and although they can be seen under hedgerows and in the open, they thrive best in the shade of woodland.
Here, they can be seen in their thousands, and there are few sights that can match the sun catching their vibrant colour amid lush green surroundings.
ROUTE 1 – Blend history with spring colour and one of the region’s iconic rivers
ROUTE 2 – Enjoy the hills, mixed forests and lowland heath of north-west Shropshire
ROUTE 3 – A short and steep woodland walk from lovely Llangollen
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