Enchanting and iconic, bluebells are a sign that spring is in full swing. The woodland areas surrounding Royston and the local villages should now be awash with the unmistakable deep violet-blue flowers, which often emerge from April onwards. We have found some of the best bluebell walks in the local area, with the intention of brightening up your spring walks!
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Hawkins Wood in Therfield
This quiet woodland, managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, provides a great opportunity to see bluebells in the spring.
To access the wood, from the Kelshall Lane footpath (OS Map Reference TL 338 350) walk up the track that goes past the house on the green. Follow the track for about 0.6 miles and Hawkins Wood is on the left.
Best time to visit: April to July
For more details, visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/hawkins-wood
Hayley Wood is an ancient woodland protected by the Wildlife Trust. In the spring you will find the woods scattered with bluebells.
The walks starts in Little Gransden, Cambridge CB23 2UR (OS Map Reference TL 294 537). To access the wood, park opposite the water tower and walk 300m up Hayley Lane.
For more details, visit www.wildlifebcn.org/nature-reserves/hayley-wood
Hitch Wood in Hitchin
Located between Hitchin and Stevenage, the Hitch Wood boasts glorious bluebells and walking trails to explore. The trails wind through the woods and there are several benches where you can relax and admire the sheets of bluebells under the oak trees.
The walk starts at the car park on the B651 south of Hitchin (OS Map Reference TL198239).
Best time to visit: April and May.
For more details, visit www.hnhs.org/place/hitch-wood-near-hitchin-bluebells
Waresley and Gransden Woods
Waresley and Gransden Woods are adjoining ancient oak-ash woods, owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust BCN. In spring the ground is carpeted with bluebells and home an abundance of breeding birds and insects.
The walk starts at Waresley Road, Waresley, SG19 3RH (OS Map Reference: TL 256 550).
Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn
For more details, visit https://www.wildlifebcn.org/waresley