5 best bluebell woods near Henley-on-Thames

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The bluebell woods at the National Trust’s Grey’s Court is stunning!

 

If it’s mid-April, it must be bluebells!

We look forward to seeing them every year, usually after Easter, and are lucky to have so many options to see them near our home in Oxfordshire.

One of my favourite places to see the stunning display is the National Trust’s Grey’s Court in the southern Chiltern Hills. Each year the ancient woodland has a carpet or purple bluebells. The secret is picking just the right weekend, when the colours “pop’ as the bulbous flowers make the most of the sunshine before the canopy of trees cascades them in shade.

I’ve listed other venues to catch bluebells below. If you know of any other special places, or have your secret spot, please let me know!

 

5 of the best places to see bluebells near Henley-on-Thames

1. Greys Court Chiltern Hills AONB, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG +44 01491 628529 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court

2. Warburg Nature Reserve Chiltern Hills AONB, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6BL +44 01491 642001 http://www.bbowt.org.uk/reserves/Warburg-Nature-Reserve

3. Cliveden Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS +44 01628 605069 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

4. Ipsden Heath, near Henley-on-Thames https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4515/ipsden-heath/

Binfield Health circular walk (via Baby Routes) http://babyroutes.co.uk/walking-routes/oxfordshire-chiltern-baby-walks/binfield-bluebells-buggy-beer-walk/

 

Visitors to Grey's Court were surprised this year as the usual route is closed.

Visitors to Grey’s Court were surprised this year as the usual route is closed.

 

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DON’T go this way! We walked down only to figure out the only access is now through the property.

 

we made the mistake of walking the usual way... and turned back to go the proper way through the property!

We made the mistake of walking the usual way… and turned back to go the proper way through the property!

 

It's such a beautiful wood...

Once we went the proper way … and used our National Trust Family Pass, we made our way straight to the bluebell wood….

 

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It’s absolutely gorgeous!

 

The apple falls not far from the tree!

The apple falls not far from the tree! My eldest taking pics.

 

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I brought along my Fujifilm X-A3 to take this closeup.

 

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It goes on and on! 

 

We also saw some lovely lilac

We also saw some lovely lilac! I can still smell it.

 

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I thought these wild poppies were spectacular. 

 

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There’s a nice tea shop at Grey’s Court, so we stopped and had a morning coffee and scone.

 

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And let’s not ignore the simple beauty of a dandelion!

 

IF YOU GO:

Greys Court Chiltern Hills AONB, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG +44 01491 628529 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court

Warburg Nature Reserve Chiltern Hills AONB, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6BL +44 01491 642001 http://www.bbowt.org.uk/reserves/Warburg-Nature-Reserve

Cliveden Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS +44 01628 605069 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

Ipsden Heath, near Henley-on-Thames https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4515/ipsden-heath/

Binfield Health circular walk (via Baby Routes) http://babyroutes.co.uk/walking-routes/oxfordshire-chiltern-baby-walks/binfield-bluebells-buggy-beer-walk/

 

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7 Comments

  1. 29/04/2017 / 07:48

    I’m so jkealous – we went looking for our local bluebell field last weekend and didn’t find a single bluebell šŸ˜‰

  2. 28/04/2017 / 12:46

    Looks stuning, i really love the bluebells and have my own little patch in our garden. Cliveden is on our list of places to visit this summer!

  3. 27/04/2017 / 10:25

    Funnily enough we went in search of bluebells near us at the weekend. They are so stunning and we always enjoy seeing them. It is such a shame that they don’t stay around for long.

  4. 26/04/2017 / 12:35

    We have a little bluebell dell near where we live and I remember visiting it as a child with my Mum, Aunt and cousins for picnics. I love doing the same with my kids now we live here. When we lived in Berkshire we visited 3/5 of your best places to see bluebells.

  5. 26/04/2017 / 10:10

    I really do love bluebells and to see them spread out everywhere is truly a wonderful sight. I love your photos. I’ve pinned your post for anyone wanting to visit bluebell woods in Henley.
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