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Seven special spots to see bluebells in Devon

PUBLISHED: 15:11 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:11 20 April 2015

Ponies graze amongst bluebells at Emsworthy. Picture by Simon Williams

Ponies graze amongst bluebells at Emsworthy. Picture by Simon Williams


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. Discover the best places to admire spring’s charming flowers throughout Devon. Camilla Ellacott suggests seven top spots for becoming surrounded in bluebells.

Bluebells at Scanniclift Copse at Doddiscom in the Teign Valley. Picture: Dave ChamberlainBluebells at Scanniclift Copse at Doddiscom in the Teign Valley. Picture: Dave Chamberlain

As soon as bluebell shoots begin to emerge and envelop vast areas of Devon woodland, spring has sprung.

There’s something particularly mesmerising about the lilac carpet that graces us with it’s 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 destinations.

Simon Williams took this photograph of bluebells at Emsworthy, near Widecombe-in-the-MoorSimon Williams took this photograph of bluebells at Emsworthy, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor

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.

Located ¼ mile out of Yelverton, this picturesque spot is sure to serve as a lovely spring outing. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wembury Woods, Wembury Village Wembury woods is also a National Trust destination, hosting a hilly track through woodlands littered with bluebells.

Stunning views of the Yealm River further contribute to the beauty of Wembury Woods, located in Wembury Village, 6 miles from Plymouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lady’s Wood, South Brent Lady’s Wood, owned by the Devon Wildlife Trust, is a woodland canopy overshadowed by oak and ash whilst being overrun by unmissable bluebells in the spring months.

Located just south of Dartmoor, near South Brent. www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Scanniclift Copse, Doddiscom Scanniclift Copse, another Devon Wildlife Trust area, is a mainly derelict oak copse which joins onto the oak woodland at Woodah farm.

During the spring months, the woodland is sprinkled with wild garlic and bluebells, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing destination to admire spring time’s flowers.

Located one mile south west of Doddiscom in the Teign valley. www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Emsworthy Mire, Nr Widecombe-in-the-Moor Emsworthy Mire, a Devon Wildlife Trust area, is a 98 hectare site including a small stream named 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.

Located near Widecombe-in-the-Moor. www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Brownsham wood, Bideford Brownsham is a National Trust owned property.

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. www.explorethecoast.org

Borough Woods,Ilfracombe Borough Woods boasts one of the longest remaining stretches of ancient woodland in North Devon, cloaked in bluebells throughout the spring months.

The woodland rises above others as it hosts a list of 37 different plants, this woodland walk is sure to act as a perfect spring outing. www.explorethecoast.org

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  • Why is Blackbury Camp near Honiton not on your list? The masses of bluebells against the dark banks of the earthworks make an incredible and unforgettable sight.

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