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Best Bristol dog walks for bluebells

One of the best times of the year for dog walkers, where woodlands are transformed into bright colours and paths meander through a carpet of dainty native English bluebells. Bella just loves running through the woods and exploring the many new smells that spring up at this time of year. Here are some of the best Bristol dog walks for bluebells spotting.

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Stoke Park Estate

This huge parkland is not only dog heaven and highly valued by the community, but in spring, one of the pocket woodlands – Barn Wood is flooded with beautiful bluebells. Great for families as Long Wood also has a sculpture trail.

Lockleaze, Bristol

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Ashton Court Estate

In this enormous parkland, you sometimes need to seek out the bluebells! The little pocket woodland between the house and deer park, next to the sculpture of the face on the hill is a good place to start. After, enjoy some ice cream from one of the cafes!

Long Ashton, Bristol

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Abbots Pool

One of the most beautiful, small woodland walks just outside of Bristol, with spring bringing lots of dainty bluebells under the canopy of trees on the slopes to the left when you walk in from the car park. Abbots Pool is a wonderful place, so please keep it enjoyable for other people and look after it when you visit.

Abbots Leigh, North Somerset

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Prior’s Wood

Hands down one of the most spectacular bluebell display near Bristol, so make sure you bring your best camera! It usually attracts quite a few people, so get there early or later in the evening to make sure you can park without inconveniencing the locals.

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Goblin Combe

You will find carpets of bluebells in Goblin Combe and nearby Wrington Wood. Wrington Wood is especially famous for its bluebells, with people able to pull over in their cars to see them as they are so close to the road.

Cleeve, North Somerset

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Leigh Woods

To see the best of the bluebells, you need to walk to Paradise Bottom in Leigh Woods, and along the little stream that runs from the pool (a great place for a dog swim too!). The bluebells come out just after the place is heaving with wild garlic, so the forest floor is full of lush new growth.

Abbots Leigh, North Somerset

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Greyfield Wood & Stephen’s Vale Waterfall

The bluebells in Greyfield Wood are nothing short of spectacular, with a thick carpet of blue covering the forest floor. It’s a very popular walk, with limited parking, so make sure you get there early!

High Littleton, Bath & NE Somerset

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Ashton Hill

There’s a great circular walk in Ashton Hill, but to find the bluebells you will have to come off the path and walk down one of the many little footpaths into the centre of the woodland.

Long Ashton, North Somerset

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Lower Woods Wickwar

This ancient woodland is the perfect habitat for bluebells to come back year after year. Just look through the trees and you will see a blue horizon of beautiful bluebells, Burnt Coppice is a particularly good place for a wander.

Wickwar, South Gloucestershire

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Felton Common

This common may not strike you as the obvious place to see bluebells, but take it from us, the upper area is covered in bluebells about May time (later than the woodland varieties usually). It’s one of our favourite walks as the scenery changes a surprising amount from season to season.

Felton, North Somerset

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Savernake Forest

Outside of Bristol, this is well worth a mention on our list! This ancient forest has bluebells galore and is the perfect place for exploring on a sunny May afternoon. This is a great walk for children as there are picnic spots, 1000 year old trees to find and good paths to walk on.

Savernake, Wiltshire

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The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

We could hardly have a bluebell list without adding the Forest of Dean! About an hours drive from Bristol, the Forest of Dean has always had a jaw-dropping carpet of bluebells that seems to creep into all the coppices and trails, meaning you are spoilt for breathtaking views everywhere.

Cinderford, Gloucestershire

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Cam Peak & Cam Long Down

During May, Cam Peak, in Gloucestershire, is filled with the most glorious fields of bluebells, making the most beautiful sight. It also has stunning views, so it’s a truly wonderful walk regardless of the bluebells!

Cam, Gloucestershire

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