Wondering which Bluebell Woods Essex you will explore first ?
Now that the weather is starting to warm up you will notice when you go out on a walk evidence of the beautiful bluebell flower, we even have a couple blooming in our garden, but if you are looking for spectacular displays of bluebells, then these Essex Bluebell woods could be exactly what you are looking for, but remember Bluebells are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), so if you do find the perfect Bluebell wood, don’t be tempted to pick them or you could end up in serious trouble.
10 Bluebell Woods Essex has to offer
Location: Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, RM4 1QH
This Local Nature Reserve has lots to see and do. The huge woodland and meadow areas are the perfect places for nature watching or enjoying a family stroll on the weekend; it’s even home to herd of red deer!
Location: Danbury Common, The Armoury, Penny Royal Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4ED
The reserve, owned by the National Trust, is positively bursting with colour in April/May as bluebells cloak the ground beneath the shelter of the trees. Blake’s Wood is an ancient woodland of almost 100 acres that’s home to a mixture of mature oak, chestnut and coppiced hornbeam as well as a diverse species of birds such as nightingales and hawfinches.
Location : Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, CM11 1WT
Owned by Essex & Suffolk Water and run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, the reservoir is the 11th largest in England with a huge population of diverse wildlife. It’s open to visitors for fishing, walking, nature watching and even a family picnic if the sun is shining. Some of the best bluebell views can be found from the Visitor Centre set within its stunning ancient woodland setting.
Location : 174 Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JR
High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester’s beauty spots. The park provides habitats for thousands of different birds and mammals, including woodland, a lake, wildflower meadows, marshes, hayfields, scrubland, and open spaces (ideal for picnics).
Location : Hillhouse Wood, Colchester
Just outside Colchester lies Hillhouse Wood, a patchwork of diverse woodland perfect for a weekend stroll. Home to two ponds, as well as streams running through the wood, there is a huge selection of wildlife to be seen. During the spring the bloom of bluebells in the area are simply breathtaking. The wood is run by the Woodland Trust.
Location: Outwood Common Rd, Billericay CM11 1HA
Norsey Wood has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is well known throughout the county as being a hotbed for wildlife with a huge variety of wonderful plants and animals. With a nature trail, woodland craft activities, a picnic area and lots of walking routes it’s a perfect destination for a family day out. During April and May bluebells flood the area, carpeting the woodland floor in a sea of blue.
Location :St Michael’s Rd, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2UW
Acquired by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1993, Pound Wood is one of the largest remaining areas of ancient woodland in the area, at nearly 55 acres. The wood is an excellent site for wildlife with an abundance of flowers, particularly in spring when the bluebells are flourishing. There are plenty of wonderful walking paths but visitors are advised to keep to the marked trails to avoid disturbing the wildlife in the area.
Location: Ashdon, Saffron Walden CB10 2NB
This ancient woodland in Saffron Walden is roughly 17.5 acres in size and is renowned for its fantastic oxlip blooms. The wood is managed in a way that encourages the numerous other flowering plants to flourish and as result, come spring, walkers will see excellent displays of wood violets, wood anemones, purple orchids and of course, bluebells.
Location : Off of Tiptree Road, Great Totham, Essex, CM8 3ED
One of the best bluebell displays in the area, as soon as spring arrives, bluebells literally carpet the floor of Shut Heath Wood. It’s not just the carpet of bluebells that fill these woods with colour, but in spring and summer look out for the displays of other beautiful flowers such as Bugle, Cuckooflower, Wood Anemone and Dog VioletAt around 50 acres in size, roughly half of the wood is made up of arable farmland with the other half comprising of ancient oaks, chestnuts, silver birch and hornbeams. A perfect location for a dog walk – provided the dogs are well behaved, there is plenty of space for them to run and explore.
Location : Church Lane, Weeley, Essex, CO16 9AT
Weeleyhall Wood has one of the most exceptional displays of bluebells in Essex. During spring when the flowers come into bloom, they carpet almost half of the area and with 78 acres of land, that’s pretty impressive. It’s an ideal spot for nature watchers being a habitat for a diverse variety of woodland birds and butterflies. It’s also dog friendly, although owners are encouraged to keep their dogs to certain areas and on a lead when using the track down to the wood.