Discover bluebells on the National Cycle Network

Girl cycling on the Network past bluebells

May is the best time for spotting bluebells

Blubells on National Cycle Network

Bluebell spotting is a great excuse to plan a day out with family or friends

Bike leaning against a tree with bluebells in the background

Where's your favourite spot to see bluebells?

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.

Route 42 

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.

Route 62

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.

Route 12

RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire

The woodland, heath and grassland along the Greensand Ridge covers 180 hectares and is accessible from Route 12.

Route 82

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.

Route 3

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

This fantastic National Trust property is easily reached on Route 3. It is surrounded by woodland and beautiful gardens that are awash with bluebells.

Route 73

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.

Route 6

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.

Route 41

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.

Route 1

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.

Route 99

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.

Route 25

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.

Route 74

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.

Route 4

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.

Cotswold Line

Between Moreton-in-March and Evenlode, Cotswolds

Head along the Cotswold Line and keep an eye out for bluebells in this lovely Cotswold coppice.

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