For just a few weeks each Spring, Chichester’s woodlands are transformed by one of natures most magical displays. Rich, violet-blue carpets of delicate bluebells cover the woodland floors and offer the perfect opportunity to dust off those walking boots and discover this stunning spectacle of colour.
The UK is home to over half the world’s population of bluebells. The native British bluebell can easily be identified by its narrow, straight stem, which droops at the top, deep violet-blue petals which curl back at the ends and their strong, sweet aroma which fills the woods on warm sunny days. With bluebells blooming all over Chichester, we’re sharing three of our favourite spots for a bluebell wood walk to see this magical display.
A beautiful ancient woodland at the gateway to Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, West Stoke Woods is to the west of Chichester and is one of our favourite spots for a bluebell wood walk. With parking, pretty flat footpaths and lots of wood dens for children to play in, it’s a great place for exploring this Spring.
Located to the north-west of Chichester city centre, Brandy Hole Copse nature reserve is easily accessed from the Centurion Way. Once known for its grisly history of smuggling, this hidden Chichester treasure becomes awash with a sea of bluebells in late Spring.
The National Trust’s Slindon Estate offers 1,400 hectares of woodland, downland, farmland and parkland. With far-reaching views to the Weald along the downs and out across the coastal plain to the sea, it’s a great place for the whole family to get together and discover the beauty of the British bluebell. Discover even more with a National Trust ranger on a guided walk through Slindon’s Secret Bluebells.