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Ten Bluebell Woods in Hertfordshire

By Emma McNamee – 17th March 2021
Bluebell Woods in Hertfordshire

Bluebell Woods in Hertfordshire

We’ve seen the first signs of Spring with snowdrops and crocuses sprouting an appearance.  The daffodils are now in full bloom, lining the streets and parks with a flurry of yellow.  So we know the bluebells are coming next, and that’s one of my favourite times of the year to enjoy a woodland walk.  Indeed, we are spoilt for choice with bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.

With this in mind, I’ve put together a top 10 list of bluebell woods in Hertfordshire so you can get all prepared for where you may go locally to witness for yourself the splendid carpet of blue come April.

Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted – my top choice for bluebell woods in Hertfordshire

Located in the Chiltern Hills, considered an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and with history dating back to the iron age, this is one of my firm favourites as it offers miles of footpaths, bridleways, hills and woodland to explore.  High up on the hills you can see for miles around – a whole lot of fresh air to breathe in!  The woods leading up to and surrounding the Bridgewater Monument will have bluebells in abundance.

Access: Moneybury Hill (HP4 1LT)

The Ashridge Estate, National Trust managed, is also included in one of my favourite circular walks in Hertfordshire, that takes you from Aldbury Village, across the Ridgeway and Pitstone Hill and up to Ivinghoe Beacon, before you circle back round through the Ashridge Estate.  It’s about a 7 mile walk and well worth it – you feel on top of the world at points. To see the full walking route have a read of my blog here:

https://girlabout.co.uk/7-mile-circular-walk-in-hertfordshire-taking-in-ivinghoe-beacon/

Whippendell Woods, Watford

Whippedell Woods connects with both Cassiobury Park and the Grand Union Canal, so as well as being another great discovery for bluebell woods in Hertfordshire, it can also tick the box for a canal-side walk if you’d like to explore further beside the water’s edge.  This puts it firmly in my favourites list too.

Access: Grove Mill Lane (WD17 3TU)

 

Panshanger Park, Hertford

This historic park and nature reserve is home to Osprey Lake where many birds take refuge in the summer on their migration from the UK to Africa.  Indeed, the lakes , pools and River Mimram have become the home and breeding ground for much wildlife year round, from bats to kingfishers, dragonflies to butterflies.

And Lady Hughes’ Wood at the top of the hill in Panshanger Park is another one of the fabulous bluebell woods in Hertfordshire, looking like a sheet of blue in the Spring.

Access: Entrance via Thieves Lane (SG14 2WN)

 

Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve and Hopkyns Wood, Welwyn Garden City

Think small village orchard with the backdrop of a wood, and here you have Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve.  In Spring, Hopkyns Wood is dominated by beautiful bluebells so fully deserves to be listed for bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.

Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve is also home to an extended family of badgers, and for a unique experience you can arrange an evening of badger watching, but be sure to book up early.

Access: Entrance off Upper Green Road (AL6 0LZ)

Whilst you’re in the area, a visit to Tewin Bury Farm Hotel is well worth it.  Both a working farm, a country retreat, a wedding & events venue and a farm shop, Tewin Bury Farm also offers everything from afternoon tea to Sunday roasts at their Cowshed Bar & Restaurant or the Farmyard Terrace.

To see our review from our recent stay at Tewin Bury Farm, have a read of my blog:

https://girlabout.co.uk/tewinburyfarmhotel/

 

Gobions Wood, Potters Bar

Looked after by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Gobions Wood offers pretty woodland path walks.  There is no official parking, but there is residential parking nearby so definitely a viable option if you’re looking to explore some bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.  In addition to the bluebells and wood anemones that take over in the Spring, this ancient woodland is also known for its fungi in autumn where over 500 species have been found, some of them apparently quite rare.

Access: off Mymms Drive, Brookmans Park (AL9 7AF)

 

Langley Wood, Heartwood Forest, Sandridge

Part of  the Woodland Trust, Heartwood Forest is a firm a favourite with families thanks to the ‘magical’ wood dotted with wood carvings of various characters and animals.  There’s footpaths, bridleways, meadows, fields and several woods to explore, and you cannot visit in Spring without taking in Langley Wood with its bluebell trail firmly placing it in my list of bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.  This is actually another of my absolute favourites.

Access: Look out for the entrance off the B651 just outside Sandridge (AL4 9DQ)

 

Longspring Wood, Kings Langley

Managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, this small woodland and nature reserve is a wildlife haven tucked amidst a residential area of Kings Langley.  Again, no official parking, but there is residential parking nearby on Toms Lane, and this is a lesser known place to seek out bluebells, surrounded by impressive oak, ash and hazel trees.  A quieter location as bluebell woods in Hertfordshire go.

Access: Entrance between 152a and 154 Toms Lane (WD4 8NZ)

 

Greenwood Park, Chiswell Green, St. Albans

This is one of my regulars, as it’s pretty much on my doorstep.  Greenwood Park itself has a community centre, tennis club and playground at its heart and has fields used year-round for walks, games, football or cricket in the summer months.

There is a recently re-gravelled pathway that follows the rim of the park, from the entrance on Tippendell Lane, round to the entrance on Watford Road.   This enables a relatively mud-free walk year-round.

In the middle of Greenwood Park you will find Blackgreen Wood and St. Julians Wood which come alive with bluebells in Spring.  The woodlands are currently going through a 10 year management plan developed with the Forestry Commission to restore and maintain the ancient semi-natural woodland area whilst opening it up more with the thinning of trees where they are growing too densely.

The most recent addition to Greenwood Park is the Lazy Llama Café in the courtyard of the community centre where dog walkers and friends meet so a firm favourite on so many levels if you’re looking for nearby bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.

Access: Entrance via Tippendell Lane (AL2 3HW).  If the small car park by the playground at the bottom is full, head up the driveway where there is a larger car park behind the community centre.

 

Pryor’s Wood, Stevenage

Now managed by the North Herts District Council, this community nature reserve on the edge of Stevenage in the residential area of Great Ashby covers an area of 8 hectares and borders both Box Wood and Great Ashby Woodland.  In Spring, the woodland grounds are transformed into sheets of bluebells, underneath large oak trees.

Access: Entrance from Gresley Way (SG2 7QH)

 

Stocking Springs Wood, Ayot St Lawrence

Another small woodland area looked after by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Stocking Springs Wood is a good example of coppice management where sunlight has been allowed to get through and encourage many wildflowers to flourish, none more so than the bluebells in Spring.  A bit more off the beaten track, but well worth a visit on your exploration of bluebell woods in Hertfordshire.

Access: Entrance via Codicote Road (AL6 9BL)

 

Happy spring flower and bluebell explorations in Herts!

Emma xoxo

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