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21 great places in Wales to enjoy beautiful bluebells

by Gary Reading, May 2018

Spring is the season to see the bluebells but in 2018 they’ve been a long time in arriving.

With the arrival of the Beast From The East in March, which meant a delay to the milder weather, the annual displays have taken a while to shoot up.

But finally, they are appearing in all their glory so now is the best time to get outside and enjoy them.

We’re blessed with plenty of places in Wales to see beautiful bluebells – these are among our favorites (in no particular order).

If yours isn’t mentioned we’d love you to share your favorite place to see bluebells in Wales in the comments box below…

1. Chirk Castle

A garden path with a bench under a magnolia tree amongst the bluebells.

Details: Chirk LL14 5AF2. Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh, Pontyclun

2. Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh, Pontyclun

In spring, a fantastic display of bluebells deliver a vibrant color to the reserve’s woodland mixture of ash, oak, willow, and hazel.

Details: Brynna Rd, Brynna, Pontyclun CF72 9QZ

3. Castle Woods, Llandeilo

A lowland mixed deciduous woodland, with a castle and quarry on the Llandeilo series of Ordovician rock which is of national importance.

Details: Llandeilo SA19 6BN

4. Wentwood, near Newport

In the early summer, this woodland has a spectacular carpet of bluebells. It offers a wide variety of walks with some breathtaking views over the Severn Estuary.

Details: Wentwood Forest

In the early summer this woodland has a spectacular carpet of bluebells. It offers a wide variety of walks with some breathtaking views over the Severn Estuaruy.

Details: Wentwood Forest

5. Coed y Bwl, Bridgend

Best known as a wild daffodil wood, the yellow of daffodils dominate the southern side of the wood while bluebells paint shades of purple across its northern slopes.

Details: Coed Y Bwl

6. Gelli-Hir Wood, Gower

Situated on a deep glacial drift over Carboniferous grits and shales. Fallen timber, stumps and rot holes support an abundance of lower plants, fungi, and invertebrates, including some nationally scarce hoverflies.

Details: Gelli-Hir

7. Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

The charming 18th-century estate office at Llanerchaeron, set in a field of bluebells. The house was designed and built by John Nash in 1794-96.

Details: Llanerchaeron

8. Kilvrough Manor Woods, Gower

Many woodland birds including chiffchaff, treecreeper, willow warbler and great spotted woodpecker flourish in this ancient ash woodland and beech plantation.

Details: Kilvrough

9. Old Warren Hill, Ceredigion

A varied woodland covering the top and steep western slopes of Old Warren Hill. Bluebells can be seen in the early summer alongside a large badger sett nestled in the ramparts of the hillfort.

Details: Old Warren Hill

10. Coed y Wenallt, Cardiff

During bluebell season, the ancient woodland becomes a breathtaking carpet of purpley-blue, for just a few short weeks while the flowers are in bloom.

Details: Coed y Wenallt

11. Poor Man’s Wood, Llandovery

A sessile oak woodland, carpets of bluebells can be admired here.

During bluebell season, the ancient woodland becomes a breathtaking carpet of purpley-blue, for just a few short weeks while the flowers are in bloom.

Details: Coed y Wenallt

12. Taf Fechan, Merthyr Tydfil

Made up of ancient broadleaved woodlands and calcareous grasslands that are carpeted with wildflowers including bluebells, wild thyme, common spotted orchid and mouse-ear hawkweed.

Details: Taf Fechan

13. Cefndeuddwr Trail, Snowdonia National Park

The Cefndeuddwr Trail is a great walking route for families meanders through a beech tree woodland carpeted in bluebells in the late spring.

Details: Cefndeuddwr

14. Pengelli Forest, Pembrokeshire

Part of the largest block of ancient Oak woodland in west Wales. Abundant with bluebells, wood millet, wood anemone, violets and golden saxifrage.

Details: Pengelli Forest

15. Coed Cefn, Bluebell Woods, Crickhowell

When woods are dubbed Bluebell Woods you know you’re in for a treat. Coed Cefn is dominated by a canopy of oak and beech and ground flora including bluebells and bramble.

Details: Bluebell Wood

16. Oxwich National Nature Reserve, Gower

Spring is one of the best times to see the small nature reserve festooned with beautiful bluebells, primroses and cowslips.

Details: Nature Reserve

17. Coed Trellyniau, Flintshire

Coed Trellyniau is an ancient bluebell woodland with a long history. Although many of the original trees were once felled and beech and pine planted in their place, the carpet of woodland flowers is much the same as centuries ago. Splendid drifts of bluebells are locally renowned and many more plants are evidence of the wood’s antiquity.

Details: Coed Trellyniau

18. Coed Pendugwm, Welshpool

Majestic sessile oaks have nurtured this quiet corner of Wales for over 400 years providing leafy cover for plants and animals and creating a wild wood – the likes of which once covered large areas of the country.

Details: Coed Pendugwm

19. Coed-y-Bwnydd, Monmouthshire

Dappled shade, birdsong and the heady scent of bluebells in spring means this gently rolling landscape continues to be a haven for people and wildlife alike.

Details: Coed y Bwnydd

20. Maes Hiraddug, Denbighshire

Situated just northeast of Dyserth village, between Rhuddlan and Prestatyn, the Maes Hiraddug reserve contains the type of wildflower meadow that occurred before modern agricultural land management.

Details: Maes Hiraddug

21. Gogerddan Woodland, near Aberystwyth

Gogerddan Woodland is an ancient semi-natural woodland that’s part of Ystwyth Forest that is gradually being restored to its original native broadleaved condition.

Details: Gorgerddan Woodland