Where to find Bluebells near Lymington and the New Forest.

The evocative scent and vivid colour of Bluebells makes them a highlight of springtime.

Bluebells 2014Britain's favourite wild flower blooms from mid April to early May and is a precious part of our national heritage - bluebells don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe and almost half of the world’s bluebells can be found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

Here in the New Forest we have some of the most stunning bluebell woods; the flowers love the damp, shady conditions of our ancient woodland.

Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish, around 5-7 years from seed to flower. It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells. Try to avoid stepping on bluebells, they can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.

Go on a Bluebell Hunt!

We wholeheartedly recommend braving the April showers and heading out for a bluebell walk this springtime. We love exploring bluebell woods and here are a few suggestions on where to find bluebells near Lymington and in the New Forest area...

Roydon Woods - near Brockenhurst

Roydon Woods is owned by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and this patchwork of ancient woodland, heaths, grasslands and streams is a sea of bluebells in spring. Roydon Woods is 1¼ miles south east of Brockenhurst and the main entrance is at Setley. Wellies or walking boots advisable as the paths can get rather muddy! Find out more about Roydon Woods here.

Bluebells Pondhead May 2017Pondhead Inclosure - near Lyndhurst

Pondhead is listed by the Forestry Commission as one of its top 10 Bluebell Woods in the UK. Bluebells transform the woodland floor into a dazzling lake of shimmering blue in this well-fenced, natural enclosure which is protected from wild deer and ponies. 

Bank - near Lyndhurst

The cycle route from Brockenhurst to Bank is a delightful, shady haven for bluebells - what better excuse for a bike ride in the forest!

Exbury Gardens

There's plenty to see at these glorious 200-acre gardens, with woodland, parkland, ponds, twenty miles of pathways and the famous Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. You'll find many areas of bluebells around the site, but Gilbury Lane Garden is the place to find stunning carpets of blue. Admission charges apply. Where to find Exbury Gardens.

Royden Woods bluebells April18Furzey Gardens

The gardens were established in 1922 and focus on flowering shrubs and bulbs planted for year-round colour, with plants gathered from all over the world. Spring brings out azaleas and Chilean fire trees, along with carpets of snowdrops, crocus, bluebells, and daffodils. Part of the Minstead Trust, Furzey Gardens is a social enterprise supporting people with learning disabilities. Where to find Furzey Gardens.

Broomy Inclosure - near Linwood

Broomy Inclosure is covered with stunning carpets of bluebells each spring. The woodland is in Linwood, New Forest, located just past the High Corner Inn.

Sandleheath - near Fordingbridge

This pretty village has many footpaths giving access to the local country side. Many go through or are bordered by woods which are full primroses and bluebells in spring and early summer.

Royden Woods Bluebells April 2018