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Where to admire the bluebells


Updated for 2024

We’re so lucky to have so many lovely woodlands nearby to be able to enjoy the spectacle of bluebells in bloom at this time of year.  If you do visit any of the places mentioned below please stick to the paths and keeps dogs on leads and avoiding trampling on the flowers to maintain their splendour for everyone and protect them for future years.  

Did you know there are two different types of bluebells?  The English Bluebell has flowers on one side of the stem only, which causes the familiar droop to one side.  English bluebells are a protected species in the UK. Spanish bluebells have flowers all around the stem and stand upright.  There is a also a hybrid version which is a combination of the two, and can be mistaken for the English Bluebell.

So now you know, where can you see them...

The woods at the back of Highfield oval have a wonderful display of bluebells each year.  The team there have been working hard to protect the bluebells and a couple of years ago installed new paths for visitors to follow. After a short closure to enable the bluebells to build strength for the season the wood has now reopened.

Knott Wood is a small area of woodland on the corner where the Rothamsted Trail meets the Nickey Line on the section between Roundwood school and Redbourn.  A permissive path has been created through the wood and it is open throughout April until mid-May for bluebell admirers.  

Perhaps lesser-known spot for bluebells for most people (apart from those who live nearby) is Sauncey Wood.  There is a footpath from the top of Whittings Close that will take you up to Common Lane.

Heartwood Forest always has a wonderful display of bluebells. There a several walking routes through the woods and you can find them on their website.

If you fancy going a bit further afield then Dockey Woods on Ashridge Estate(owned by the National Trust) always looks splendid at this time of year. Charges will apply over peak weekends (27/28 April, 4-6May and 10/11 May).

Wherever you choose to visit, please stay on the paths to avoid damaging the bluebells.

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