This year I was determined to find some bluebell woods near me. Doing a bluebell wood search online wasn’t really bringing up much near home last year. The wood near us had nothing although the verges nearby had loads. They’re just not very practical for taking photos. So I checked out the National Trust website, in the hope of finding guaranteed bluebells and perfect photo spots. There were a couple nearby to choose from and after overhearing a conversation at work about Badbury Clump, that was our destination.
Badbury Hill an area of woodland area near Faringdon Oxfordshire. Badbury Clump itself has an iron age fort remains, plus is an area of Badbury Hill which is famous for beech trees and its bluebells. We didn’t explore far, sticking to exploring the area that the bluebells were in, but we still managed to spend a good amount of time there.
There’s only a small car park, but we arrived early to avoid too many crowds. By the time we left, the car park was full, of families, dog walkers and others just out to enjoy the country air. It is literally outdoor space, no café, supposedly no toilets (although I saw 2 portaloos in the car park – I’m not sure if they were in use or not).
I have to say, I’ve never seen bluebells quite like it. As we walked through the gate and up the small bank to reach the level of the woods, you couldn’t miss the bluey purple haze of bluebell carpeting the ground. And the smell is amazing.
All the photos I took with my compact system camera came out almost like an impressionist water colour for the flowers, and I couldn’t quite get the lighting right to remove the green hue of the trees. But it really did look like a mysterious land with different colour woodland to the brown trunks you expect to see.
N loved exploring the bluebells.
He sniffed, he touched (and surprisingly didn’t pick)
And walked the paths through them.
It was nice to see very few had been trampled down given how many people must walk in the woods.
We found a den in the middle, so N decided to add to it…not particularly efficiently. I think his basic den building skills might need a bit of help.
Amongst the purple we did spot a few albino white bluebells. I don’t think I’d seen any before, they definitely look like imposters.
N wanted to take some of his own photos, so I got him out my small compact camera to let him have a go. I’ve done a post for his children’s introduction to photography, but it was funny to see how seriously he was taking it.
Before we left, we spotted a great tree that he was able to stand and pose on. Not really climb because there wasn’t anything to climb, but he had a good go at what looked like an aerobics session in slow motion making shapes and different poses on it.
As we left we heard and spotted some older children on rope swings. Hanging from a couple of trees, they’re for anyone to have a go on, and there were certainly quite a few queued up waiting.
I’m glad we found some beautiful bluebell woods at Badbury Clump. It was worth the journey. I’ll continue looking out for other nearer woods to see how they compare.
Do you have bluebell woods near you?
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