Discovering a carpet of bluebells is a highlight of spring. We’re spoilt for choice for where to find them in Surrey, so we’ve chosen our favourite places to spot these beautiful flowers in and around the local area.
The Woodland Surrounding Outwood Common – recommended by Robert & Wendi Leech
Enjoy a refreshing, but easy walk through the cool and shady, ancient Hornecourt woodland that surrounds Outwood Common. It is owned by the National Trust and is part of the larger Harewood Estate. Here you’ll find pretty displays of delicate spring flowers – bluebells, primroses and wood anemones.
In need of refreshment? The Bell at Outwood is the perfect pitstop for a post walk beverage…
Ridlands Grove Limpsfield Chart near Oxted – recommended by Christine Taylor
This easy, child friendly walk, takes you around Ridlands Grove, which has a spectacular display of bluebells in the spring. There are also animal homes to view along the way, including Owl House, Fox Villa, Hedgehog Hall and Peter Rabbit’s Post Office, where you can even leave letters for Peter Rabbit.
In need of a refreshment? The Carpenters Arms, on Limpsfield Chart is the place to head after a stroll with its wonderful garden and sunny terrace.
Glovers Wood, Charlwood– recommended by Charlotte Simons
If you fancy a longer walk, Glover’s Wood, on the edge of Charlwood, is one of the largest areas of woodland in the Surrey Weald. The wood contains oak, hazel and birch trees and features historical relics including a medieval bank and ditch system. At this time of year, you may be one of the few people to witness some of the best hidden bluebell and wild garlic displays in Surrey.
In need of a refreshment? The Half Moon in Charlwood Village is the place for a pint and sandwich to revive aching legs!
Gatton Park, Reigate – recommended by Emma West
Many of us walk the chalk path along Reigate Hill towards Colley Hill, but not all of us go east from the car park to Gatton Park. Here there are 260 acres of beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, with Edwardian gardens.
In need of a refreshment? The Sportsman at Mogador is a firm favourite for walkers on this part of the North Downs.
Great Earls Wood, Oxted– recommended by Andy Wilkins
Close to Staffhurst Wood on the edges of Oxted you’ll find the ancient woodlands of Great and Little Earls Woods form the western extremity of a much larger expanse of woodland. Famed for a fantastic display of bluebells in spring Little Earls Wood to the north-west also has an area of old hornbeam coppice.
In need of a refreshment? The Royal Oak now The Grumpy Mole at Stuffhurst Wood is a wonderful country pub and does excellent food.
A lovely walk along public footpaths stretching from Lingfield through to Crowhurst. Beautiful bluebells and snowdrops can be found along the route to this exquisite yew tree with its very own front door. Dating back circa 4000 years old this ancient tree is thought to be the oldest in England.
In need of a refreshment? The Redbarn on Tandridge Lane, Blindley Heath is a gastro pub in a 300-year old converted barn with an all day, seasonal menu.