Bluebells in Dorset

The Best Places to Spot Bluebells in Dorset

Posted on: 27th March 2023

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One of our favourite things about spring is the arrival of bluebells. These pretty flowers are synonymous with England and in particular, with our ancient woodland. Normally flowering between April and May, they offer carpets of colour.

If you are looking to capture some photos of bluebell woods, or are simply wanting to go on a woodland walk during late spring, then here are some of our favourite areas for bluebells in Dorset:

Pamphill, Dorset

1. Pamphill Bluebell Woods, Wimborne

Located on the Kingston Lacy estate (owned by the National Trust), Pamphill Bluebell Woods is one of the closest areas to our award-winning campsite to find bluebells. Expect large swathes of bluey-purple as you explore the ancient woodland. Look out for designated parking during peak flowering season.

2. Duncliffe Woods, Shaftesbury

Three miles west of Shaftesbury, Duncliffe Woods are maintained by The Woodland Trust. Follow the waymarked route around the woods for spectacular views of these springtime flowers.

3. Ashmore Wood, near Tollard Royal

Sitting in part of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ashmore Wood is rich in spring flowers including bluebells, primroses and foxgloves.

Ashley Wood, Dorset

4. Ashley Wood, Tarrant Keyneston

This hazel and ash coppice (pictured above) is one of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves. Situated beside the B3082, Wimborne Road, this 13-hectare site is a haven for bluebells from April-May.

5. Girdlers Coppice, near Sturminster Newton

An oak woodland with hazel coppice, Girdlers Coppice is also a popular spot for spring flowers including bluebells and wood anemone. This coppice supports lots of wildlife including dormice and bats and is another Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

6. Lewesdon Hill, near Beaminster

The highest point in Dorset, this area of woodland is also maintained by the National Trust. The walk here is steep but expect amazing views between the trees across the Dorset, Devon and Somerset countryside. Lewesdon Hill is found near Beaminster.

7. South Lytchett Manor!

Take a stroll along Cottage Walk on our park for a modest display of bluebells in Dorset!

This area is where the ladies visiting and staying at South Lytchett Manor would take their exercise.

Plan your spring break by booking your stay at South Lytchett Manor Camping and Caravanning Park. Whether you fancy a spot of glamping, you are looking to pitch up with your tent or bring your caravan, we have plenty of pitch types to choose from. Book online or call us today on 01202 622577.

Bluebells in Dorset
Bluebell woods in Dorset

Images: Visit Dorset, Dorset Wildlife Trust (Kathy Cook) and South Lytchett Manor.

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