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5 Beautiful Bluebell Lake District Walks

The Lake District is a beautiful place to visit no matter the season, but as we settle into spring, a spectacular display of blue wildflowers begins to swathe the landscape.

Amazingly over half the world’s population of Bluebells grows here in the UK, and these dainty wildflowers are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Thriving in dappled shaded areas, the native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) begin to appear in late April/early May and favour deciduous woodland areas.

If you’re planning a trip to the Lakes and want to know the best places to enjoy these seasonal blooms take a look at our top 5 Beautiful Bluebell Lake District walks below.

1. Muncaster Castle, Bluebells Woods

Situated within 70 Acres and overlooking the River Esk, Muncaster Castle makes for a great family day out. The Bluebell Woods, reached by footpath just behind the castle have to be seen to be believed. Nestled amongst the beech trees a breathtaking display of bluebells stretches as far as the eye can see.

Top Tip: Make a day of it and explore the rest of the gardens. Muncaster Castle is dog-friendly and there’s plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained.


2. Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere

Above the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water, sits Rannerdale Knotts. This small Lakeland Fells welcomes a carpet of bluebells year after year. Offering picture-perfect valley views, it’s no surprise that this remains one of the most popular bluebell walks in the Lakes. Legend has it that the bluebells grow in the place where Britons fought Norman invaders.

Top Tip: Check social media to check display status, due to the exposed nature of the fell-side the display here is briefer than in woodland areas.


3. Skelghyll Woods, Ambleside

Situated just a short distance from Ambleside centre, Skelghyll Woods offer a beautiful display of bluebells. This ancient woodland is also home to the tallest Grand Fir in England. A popular route leads up through to woodland onto Jenkins Crag which offers views across Windermere.

Top Tip: Grab some goodies from the Apple Pie shop in Ambleside. Head up the hill and sit and admire the view with cake in hand.


4. White Moss Woods, Grasmere

Situated between Grasmere & Rydal Water, White Moss is perfect for the whole family. A ‘miles without stiles’ trail means those with wheelchairs and pushchairs are also able to enjoy the bluebells on display.

Top Tip: Whilst parking is available at White Moss, if you’re looking for a longer walk, park up in Grasmere village. You could also pick up some world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread before setting off.


5. Yewdale Woods, Coniston

Follow this peaceful woodland trail from Coniston village towards Yew Tree Farm. The trail starts from the village and follows the Yewdale fells as they extend into the valley. Offering dappled shade throughout, this walk is great for those with canine companions. Whilst the bluebell display may be less dramatic than some of the displays above, it’s still a lovely walk away from the crowds.

Top Tip: Pack a picnic and head into the Tilberthwaite Valley. Simply soak up the views alongside the grazing Herdwick sheep.


Come enjoy the splendour of Spring here in the Lake District with us here at Lakes & Country Escapes. Take a look at our special offers for all last minute breaks.

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