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Bluebell woods in Surrey…

April 21st 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

Surrey has the largest amount of wooded area in the UK, so there is no better place to see the beautiful carpet of violet-blue bluebells than in some of the glorious Surrey Woodlands. 
 
The name Bluebell comes from the latin name Hyacinthoides non-scriptaan din which is a name used in Scotland to refer to the harebell.
 
According to the Surrey Life magazine here are the best woodlands to see bluebells in Surrey:
 
Banstead Woods, Outwood Lane, near Chipstead
Popular with running clubs and walking groups, and boasting the brilliant Ramblers Rest, a fantastic pub for food and refreshment, Banstead Woods is well worth a visit for a bluebell walk.
 

Hammond’s Copse, Broad Lane, Newdigate
Hammond’s Copse can be found 1.5 miles north of the village of Newdigate in southern Surrey. It is populated with roe deer and well known for its spring displays.
 
Hornecourt Woods, Gayhouse Lane, Outwood
Park the car at Outwood Mill and take a stroll through one of the network of walks. The nearby Branslands and Harewoods are also fantastic places to see vast swathes of bluebells.
 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond
As Kew’s bluebells spring into action, Britain’s woodland is celebrated with the Woodland Wonders festival every May.
 
Little Wix Wood, Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford
The wood is renowned for a wonderful display of bluebells in May and can be accessed via the two-mile ‘Long Walk’ around the estate.
 
Nower Wood, Mill Way, Leatherhead
Home to Surrey Wildlife Trust’s education department, Nower Wood is approximately 80 acres of ancient woodland and features spectacular bluebells in spring. Restricted access. Key to car park from local committee members (phone 01372 379509).
 
Old Simms Copse, near Abinger
One of the largest bluebell woods on the North Downs with fabulous views of the High Weald.
 
Staffhurst Wood, Limpsfield
Staffhurst Wood is an ancient area of woodland that is almost completely carpeted with bluebells in late April. Its long documented history goes back to at least Saxon times, when it was part of a royal hunting forest.
 
Wallis Wood, near Forest Green
Located half a mile north of Walliswood village, this wood is not easily accessed by public transport but its bluebell carpeted woods are well worth the effort.
 
Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming
Though impressive throughout the year, Winkworth Arboretum contains more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare, and really comes alive in spring time.
 
Source: Surrey Life