3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Devon Life today click here

7 magical bluebell walks in Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 08 May 2018

Devon bluebells (c) @_Danny_@, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Devon bluebells (c) @_Danny_@, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

(c) Guy Edwardes

May is a great time to see bluebells slowly cover Devon’s landscape, providing a wash of colour to truly emphasise the start of spring. We pick seven top spots for bluebell walks in the county

As soon as bluebell shoots begin to emerge and envelop vast areas of Devon woodland you know spring has truly sprung. There’s something particularly mesmerising about the lilac carpet that graces us with its presence once a year, usually arriving in early May.

Devon’s acidic soils support the growth of bluebells, unlike many other areas of the UK, contributing to the county’s charm. There are many areas within Devon where you can enjoy these springtime flowers, become engulfed in their fragrance and beauty with this list of magical destinations.

1. Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

Buckland Abbey is a National Trust garden and estate, showcasing stunning walks through meadows, orchards and woodlands. Their way-marked trails provide an accessible journey through a world of bluebells all whilst taking in views of the Tavy Valley. You’ll find Buckland Abbey just ¼ mile out of Yelverton. This picturesque spot makes a lovely spring outing.

2. Wembury Woods, Wembury Village

Wembury Woods is also a National Trust destination, hosting a hilly track through woodlands littered with bluebells. Here, you’ll also find stunning views of the Yealm River just a stone’s throw from Wembury Village, 6 miles from Plymouth.

A post shared by @bertedd666 on

3. Lady’s Wood, South Brent

Lady’s Wood, owned by the Devon Wildlife Trust, is a woodland canopy overshadowed by oak and ash. The woods is renowned for being overrun by unmissable bluebells in the spring months. Lady’s Wood can be found just south of Dartmoor, near South Brent.

A post shared by Richard Grills (@grills53) on

4. Scanniclift Copse, Doddiscombsleigh

Scanniclift Copse, another Devon Wildlife Trust area, is mainly a derelict oak copse which joins onto the oak woodland at Woodah farm. During May, the woodland is sprinkled with wild garlic and bluebells, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing destination to admire these spring time flowers. Scanniclift Copse is located one mile south west of Doddiscombsleigh in the Teign valley.

A post shared by Charley Sweet (@missussweet) on

5. Emsworthy Mire, Nr Widecombe-in-the-Moor

Emsworthy Mire, a Devon Wildlife Trust area, is a 98 hectare site with a small stream (Becka Brook) running along the bottom of the wet valley mire. During the spring time the field in front of the barn is saturated with bluebells; a perfect spot for admiring nature’s beauty. Emsworthy Mire is near Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

A post shared by Tom Arnold (@tommyarnold88) on

6. Brownsham Wood, Bideford

Brownsham is a National Trust owned property and it offers the best of both worlds with spectacular open woods masked in bluebells in the spring months - not to mention a rich diversity of wildlife, all whilst connecting to the South West coastal path for breath taking coastal scenery. Brownsham is located in Hartland, near Bideford.

7. Borough Woods, Ilfracombe

Borough Woods boasts one of the longest remaining stretches of ancient woodland in North Devon and it is cloaked in bluebells throughout May. If you go down to the woods today you’ll find over 37 different types of plant species to admire. This woodland walk is a perfect spring outing for the whole family.

Love walking in Devon? Check out these walks...

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 14:13

There is something quite life-enriching about being by the water and in Devon there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, writes Fran McElhone. Including surfing, wild swimming, water skiing and more, here are 10 great ways to enjoy Devon’s water

Read more
Yesterday, 16:01

Devon is as beautiful underwater as it is above. Chrissy Harris highlights the best places to discover our county’s hidden depths… Here are 6 great places for crabbing, rockpooling and diving

Read more
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne suggests a selection of 5 walks with stunning views to enjoy over the summer. Grab your boots and the relevant OS map and off you go!

Read more
Friday, August 3, 2018

From a hot tub Land Rover to a Romany caravan, Claire Saul picks out 7 Devon holiday lets that make hot topics for conversation

Read more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Whether you’re up on Dartmoor, gazing down on the seaside from the South West Coast Path or visiting one of our stunning stately homes, breathtaking views are all around our county. We’ve picked 23 places where you can get Devon’s best views

Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Escape the crowds and seek solace in one of the many nature reserves Devon has to offer. Think peaceful picnic spots, stunning views and spectacular wildlife – here are 7 reserves that are too good to miss as recommended by Sophie Pavelle

Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Music, food, drink, crafts, art... Devon has festivals for them all. We’ve picked 21 that you should consider visiting this year

Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If there’s one thing Devon can do well, it’s play host to a picnic. With an abundance of hidden areas and beautiful locations, Devon screams out to be explored. We’ve picked 11 spots that are ideal for exploration and picnicking

Read more
Friday, July 20, 2018

Trams, fossils and buckets of seaside charm, Seaton has a lot to offer - and there’s more to come. Chrissy Harris took the family to visit this thriving East Devon town

Read more
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FRAN McELHONE visits the small East Devon fishing village so special it was a finalist in Channel 4’s Village of the Year 2018 contest

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Whether it be shingle or sandy, cliff-lined or surrounded by dunes, Devon’s beaches are some of the most wonderfully diverse you’ll find in the country. We’ve picked 16 you have to visit

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

With breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, stately homes and unique villages, it’s no wonder high-profile film productions flock to Devon - how well do you know the movies that have set up camp here however?

Read more
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

As both a location for many classic works and as a producer of iconic authors, Devon has rich ties to the literary world. How brushed up are you on these connections?

Read more
 
A+ South & South West
 
Great British Holidays advert link
 
South West Life advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Local Business Directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search