Hardwick Hall and Bluebell Woods in Derbyshire
Mid-April is usually around the time when the bluebells spring up like beautifully-laid woodland carpets, washing the forest floor with lilac and indigo shades under the dark green canopy. Living so close to Hardwick Hall (about 2 miles away) means I’m spoilt by beautiful countryside and rolling hills. Forests aplenty too, which means come April/May, the bluebells bloom and turn some of my favourite local walks into tranquil purple havens.
Sunday morning we woke up to beautiful blue skies and thought there was no better day than today to go hunting for Bluebell Woods in Derbyshire.
Parking at the bottom of the hall, we walked up the steep hill towards the restaurant and visitors centre and took a right before reaching them. This takes you through a cattle field and up into the woods. Alternatively, you can park by the hall and you’re pretty much straight into the woods.
Hardwick Woods or Lady Spencer Woods as they are officially called, are set in the shadow of the new Hall. Unfortunately for us, we were a week or so too early to see the carpet of bluebells which usually descends upon this woods in late April, but there were still plenty out and enough to make you feel like spring is here. Walking through the woods you will also find a “50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3/4” challenge, set by the National Trust. It’s one of their fantastic promotions to get kids (and adults!) more interested in the places the National Trust looks after, and they are BRILLIANT. We had a go on the little assault cause (it was 8.30am so there were no children about), climbed to big tree, had a go on the swing, hid in the dens… we had more fun than the children would!
We think we’re going to go back to the bluebells woods in a couple of weeks time as it’s just on the doorstep. We had a fantastic morning and best of all, it didn’t cost a penny!
Bluebells from: Mid April – June
Where’s your favourite Bluebell Woods in Derbyshire? There’s so many to choose from!