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Spring’s a bloomin’ marvellous season, with wildflowers bursting out all over. Snowdrops, daffs, crocuses, they’re all beauties but there is no sight more captivating than a carpet of common bluebells. You might not know this, but half of the world’s bluebells grow in the UK! We’ve picked five of the best bluebell spotting locations to see them.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Skomer Island is a nature-lover’s paradise. Lying less than a mile from the peerless Pembrokeshire Coast, it is home to a remarkable puffin population, the world’s most important breeding colony of manx shearwaters, plenty of gulls, guillemots, razorbills and gannets. And in spring the island is a blaze of bluebells and pink campion.

Spend a sensationally scenic hour cycling from YHA Broad Haven to Martins Haven to catch a boat to the island. 

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Blickling Estate, Norfolk

With its grand red-brick mansion, ornate Doric temple, wild woods, secret garden and orangery, Anne Boleyn’s birthplace has plenty of places to explore. This season though, swathed as it is in bluebells, the National Trust-managed estate is at its most breath-taking. There are a number of blue beauty spots but be sure to stroll through the Great Wood and snap some photos in the formal gardens.

The Norfolk estate is so famous for its indigo flowers that it holds a celebratory Festival of the Blues in May. Book your tickets to look forward to picnicking in the picturesque gardens on 27th May to a soundtrack of blues music.

Stay at YHA Sheringham

Long Wood, Cheddar

Cheddar Gorge isn’t short of spectacular scenery. From the gigantic underground chambers of Gough’s Cave to the soaring 450ft cliffs outside, you’ll have loads to look at. But don’t miss out on the fantastic flora and fauna to be found in the Cheddar Complex’s three nature reserves.

Long Wood is an astonishing ancient bluebell wood with easy walking trails. It’s also home to orchids, wood anemone and yellow archangel. Get there by following the B3135 out through the Gorge; about 2.5 miles from the hostel, after the big bend, you’ll find Black Rock Gate; divert up through the trees and walk the Black Rock Walk until it meets the West Mendip Way.

Stay at YHA Cheddar

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Dubbed ‘Little Switzerland’, this wooded valley in the South Pennines is such a pretty spot. Walk the miles and miles of footpaths to discover rushing streams, tumbling waterfalls, deep ravines and tall trees. 19th –century Gibson Mill lies at the estate centre and houses a family-friendly visitor centre. Visit in May when the bluebell woods are at their very best.

To get there, leave the car behind and hop on the bike instead. Cycling north from the hostel you’ll soon reach the traffic-free Rochdale Canal stretch of Route 66. Riding up through Hebden Bridge and then Heptonstall to Hardcastle Crags takes about 45 minutes.

Stay at YHA Mankinholes

If you spot any beautiful bluebells, snap a pic and share it on your socials with the hashtag #YHANatureChallenge.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite hostel is YHA Perranporth.

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