Spring is officially here so now is the time to search out those carpets of blue flowers. Why not make a day of it by heading out on your bike and taking a picnic?
Here's a list of our top routes for spotting bluebells on the National Cycle Network.
Clytha and Coed-y-Bwnydd, Monmouthshire
Just half a mile off Route 42 this 18th century estate is an absolutely fantastic place to see bluebells. There are also beautiful views of the Sugarloaf and the wider Usk Valley.
Burroughs Wood, Ratby, Leicestershire
This woodland is made up of two sites – one is an ancient woodland and the other is newer, created by the Woodland Trust in the 1990s. You can get here on Route 62.
RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire
The woodland, heath and grassland along the Greensand Ridge covers 180 hectares and is accessible from Route 12.
Pengelli Forest, Pembrokeshire
This forest is part of the largest block of ancient oak woodland in west Wales and is full of bluebells and other flowers. You can reach the forest on Route 82.
This fantastic National Trust property is easily reached on Route 3. It is surrounded by woodland and beautiful gardens that are awash with bluebells.
RSPB Wood of Cree, Newton Stewart
This RSPB site is the largest ancient woodland in southern Scotland and is home to an abundance of bluebells. You’ll also be able to spot lots of birds too. Use Route 73 to get here.
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Clumber Park is owned by the National Trust and is a wonderful combination of park, heath and woodland which stretches over 3,800 acres. It can be accessed from Route 6.
Leigh Woods, Bristol
Designated pathways on Route 41 will lead you through oak, small leaf lime and ash forest. In springtime you’ll see an array of bluebells.
Embleton Beach, Northumberland
This beautiful beach can be reached from Route 1 and has sand dunes that in spring are often flooded with bluebells and other flowers of the season.
Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down
The reserve is home to one of the most stunning beaches in County Down and there are paths running through the dunes, woodland and heathland. You’ll see lots of wildlife and carpets of wildflowers. It can be reached on Route 99.
Duncliffe Wood, Dorset
Route 25 takes you to Duncliffe Wood, an ancient woodland a few miles west of Shaftesbury. It is over 92 hectares, making it one of the largest woodlands in North Dorset.
Clyde Valley Woodlands Nature Reserve, Hamilton, Scotland
Scotland’s oldest and richest forest, comprised of oak, ash, rowan and hazel, nestles in the Clyde Valley. This beautiful spot is a great place to hunt for bluebells and can be reached using Route 74.
Margam Country Park, South Wales
Located just a little way from Route 4 this estate set around a restored 19th century Tudor gothic mansion is a great place to spot bluebells.
Between Moreton-in-March and Evenlode, Cotswolds
Head along the Cotswold Line and keep an eye out for bluebells in this lovely Cotswold coppice.