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Bluebell Walks in Oxfordshire for Families

Bluebell Walks in Oxfordshire for Families

Bluebells traditionally start appearing from mid April through to May, they really are a stunning sight and a lovely way to spend a morning with the family and kids. We’ve got a handy guide to some of our favourite places to go for a bluebell walk in Oxfordshiire and beyond. Please check ahead with your chosen bluebell venue to make sure the flowers are out before travelling as times vary from year to year.

Bluebell Walk at Greys Court, Henley on Thames

Another Little Ankle Biters favourite, just over the border into Oxfordshire, is Greys Court. The Spinney Woods at Greys become home to a carpet of bluebells from April time (weather dependent). There will be marked out paths for families to follow, as well as a beautiful stroll this is quite a sight to witness. Greys also has stunning walled gardens as well as a den making area and children’s play area in the woods. There’s a café and bathrooms with changing facilities.

Location: Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG

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Rushbeds Wood, Bicester

9 miles south east of Bicester in Buckinghamshire is Rushbeds Wood. In Spring you’ll find a lovely display of bluebells, great for a weekend stroll with the kids. As well as a wealth of wildflowers, Rushbeds is also home to a fantastic selection of butterflies which children will love looking for and spotting different species.

Location: 9 miles south-east of , Bicester, Buckinghamshire. HP18 0RU

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Warburg Nature Reserve, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

This is a hidden wildlife gem nestling in the Chiltern Hills with a nature centre, picnic areas, toilets and baby changing facilities. There’s loads of wildlife to be seen and beautiful walks through woodland and grassland. In spring the woods are awash with carpet of stunning bluebells. Children can also take part in a Nature Detectives Trail which as well as being lots of fun is also free! Head to the Interpretation Centre to pick up your special backpack.

Location: 4 miles north-west of Henley-on-Thames. Oxfordshire. RG9 6BJ

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Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum is always a fantastic day out with the family with trees to climb, peacocks to look at and lots of open spaces to run around in. Bluebell Wood at Harcourt Arboretum generally starts with a faint mist of blue-violet in the native woodland and over the few weeks it develops into its seasonal glory.

Location: Oxford Lodge, Peacock Gate, Oxford OX44 9PX

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Cowleaze Wood, Chiterns

Cowleaze Wood is set high in the Chiltern Hills with amazing views over the surrounding countryside. There is a great mix of habitats in this small wood and plenty of paths to explore. The bluebells in late April and May are like a blue carpet and well worth a visit.

There is a great diversity of trees and a great viewpoint in the corner of the wood.

There is a grassy area suitable for picnics, ample car parking and a dog bin is provided for those walking dogs.

Location:  HP14 3YL

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Cliveden National Trust

The woods at Cliveden provide a beautiful backdrop to the stunning bluebell display. Park up in the Woodland Car Park and follow the path through the woods up towards the main house. It’s about a mile if you walk the full way back to the house. Once you’re there you can enjoy the great family facilities including a maze, children’s play area, pond with bridges and stepping stones and cafes. This is also where you’ll find the bathrooms and changing facilities.

Location: Cliveden Road, Taplow SL6 0JF

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Wendover Woods

Wendover Woods is a great place to take kiddies in Spring to see the bluebells. It’s very family friendly with lovely woodland trails, a café, adventure playground and fitness trail. In April / May the bluebells come out in force and provide a stunning backdrop to your family stroll. Don’t miss the Highway Rat Trail which is currently at Wendover and a big hit with children.

Location: Wendover Woods, HP22 5NQ

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Hughenden Manor Bluebell Trail

Bluebells line the drive and nestle amongst the woodland and parkland at Hughenden Manor, the wooded slopes offer the perfect setting for these spring flowers. While you’re there don’t forget to take the kiddies in to explore the impressive manor house itself. Once home to Benjamin Disraeli, there’s even a children’s bedroom with old clothes and toys and then make your way to the secret underground area where map making happened during World War II and the bunkers where little ones will marvel at the typewriters and ration books. Add in a restaurant and lovely gardens and you have the perfect day out.

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