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Bluebell woods in Derbyshire: Top 5 places to go for woodland walks

PUBLISHED: 09:39 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 03 February 2015

Bluebells at Kedleston Park. © Gareth Wiltshire

Bluebells at Kedleston Park. © Gareth Wiltshire

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If you love a relaxing stroll, then discovering some of Derbyshire’s beautiful bluebell woodlands is sure to be a winner this Spring – Here are 5 of the best places to visit in March and April

The Moss Valley woodland bluebells.The Moss Valley woodland bluebells.

1. Moss Valley

The Ford, Ridgeway S12 3YD

The Moss Brook meanders through this ancient woodland. The ground is carpeted in bluebells, sweet woodruff and wood anemone in spring and early summer. Walk under towering beech trees in Long Wood, and explore Dowey Lumb – a small meadow rich in wildflowers and butterflies, you might even spy a roe deer. www.wildsheffield.com

Find bluebells amongst the wild flowers at Burrs Wood.Find bluebells amongst the wild flowers at Burrs Wood.

2. Burrs Wood

Unthank Lane, Dronfield S18

Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this woodland is dominated by mighty oak trees - with some specimens probably well over 200 years old – as well as an abundance of wild flowers. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Bluebells in bloom at Calke Park. © NT/ Peter AllmanBluebells in bloom at Calke Park. © NT/ Peter Allman

3. Calke Abbey

Calke Park, Ticknall DE73 7LE

Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve has a varied landscape – from rolling grassland to ancient oaks – with trees that are among the oldest in Europe. Venture towards the park’s Serpentine Wood to see the bluebells in all their glory. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Discover bluebells at The Birches.Discover bluebells at The Birches.

4. The Birches, Amber gate

Holly Lane, Ambergate, Belper DE56 2HG

The Birches is part of a network of woods that includes the larger Shining Cliff ancient woodland and overlooks the Derwent Valley. There are a numerous paths to take through the wood, plus a public footpath on the western boundary. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

5. Kedleston park

Kedleston Hall, near Quarndon DE22 5JH

You may recognise Keldeston Hall from Hollywood film ‘The Duchess’, starring Keira Knightley. Discover bluebells and white wood anemone in Kedleston Park. Wildlife is protected in the designated Site of Special Scientific Interest that makes up a large area of the park - look out for the different animals, insects and fungi as you wander. www.nationaltrust.org.uk



If all that walking makes you thirsty, then head to one of Derbyshire’s best real ale pubs to quench your thirst!

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