As the days lengthen and spring begins to bring colour back into the world, the UK becomes a wonderful display of nature. But, while the first spring flower most of us think of is the iconic daffodil there are other, equally beautiful displays to see.
One of the most enchanting spring sights are the carpets of bluebells that will briefly appear to cover the floors of woodlands and meadows up and down the country. It’s hard not to be transported to a more magical time when you look out over the thousands of delicate lilac and blue blooms.
Anyone planning a springtime holiday should make it a goal to go out and see at least one natural display of bluebells.
Imagine spending your days frolicking in the flower fields before retreating to your luxury accommodation and taking a dip in the warmth of the hot tub.
So, when you’re looking at booking UK getaways with a hot tub, consider a trip to one of these locations.
Micheldever Wood, Hampshire
Hampshire has more than its fair share of impressive woodlands, many of which will see a flood of bluebells blooming in the spring. If we have to narrow it down to just one top spot out of these, Micheldever Wood is the one that stands above the others.
This Forestry Commission-managed woodland features an impressive sea of bluebells that surround the trees in a riot of blue. You can easily spend hours wandering the well-marked paths of the wood, simply taking in the serenity of its spring atmosphere. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the local deer, birds or butterflies on your visit.
Enys Gardens, Cornwall
More well known for its rugged coastlines and variety of beaches, Cornwall is also home to some stunning stately gardens. Nestled in amongst some more famous landscapes, Enys Gardens feature what is possibly the most breathtaking bluebell display in the county.
Hidden away in the woods near Penryn, having spent much of the last century in obscurity, the grounds of Enys offer a magical escape into nature. It’s in the meadow of Parc Lye that you’ll find the real showstopper, though.
During the month of May, the ancient meadow is carpeted with an imressive array of bluebells that spread as far as the eye can see. The Gardens even offer longer opening hours during this period for visitors to thoroughly enjoy the sight.
Rannerdale Knotts, Lake District
When you think of the Lake District you probably think of windswept, craggy fells. However, between April and May, the area around Rannerdale Knotts is transformed into a vibrant sea of bluebells.
It’s quite the dramatic contrast of soft bluebells against the wild, rugged hills that define the Lake District. This remote area offers a rather different experience to the usual woodland floors you’d walk to find bluebells.
While it’s a bit of a hike to reach the impressive valley of bluebells the view is entirely worth it, providing a truly unique wild vista.
Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
For an even greater variety of spring’s bounty on display, Winkworth Arboretum is a must visit for anyone at all interested in nature. Managed by the National Trust, Winkworth features over 120 acres of woodland to explore and enjoy.
Although the landscape is beautiful at all times of the year, during springtime, the woodland floor transforms into a canvas of bluebells. The flowers are complimented by neighbouring rhododendrons and magnolias, which add to the drama and beauty of the views along the Arboretum’s many walking trails.
If you’re planning a spring getaway then you’ve got no excuse not to venture out in search of some beautiful bluebell blooms. Make sure you don’t leave it too late to book your break, or you’ll risk missing out on this amazing spectacle of nature!