The Best UK Nature Walks for Photographing Spring Blooms

Marianne Stenger
1st March 2019

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally upon us. The days are getting longer and warmer, the birds are nesting, the cherry blossoms, daffodils and bluebells are starting to peak out, and the whole countryside seems to be bursting with new life.

If you’re hoping to document the changing of the season, there’s no better time than this to get out there with your camera. So here some of the best UK nature walks for photographing spring blooms.

1. Farndale Daffodil Walk, North Yorkshire

Farndale, which lies at the centre of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, is also known as Daffodil Valley or Daffodil Dale due to the large number of daffodils that spring up between mid-March and April. This two-hour walk will take you along riverbanks and through farm fields and woodlands, allowing you to photograph spring in all its glory.

2. Micheldever Wood, Hampshire

Micheldever Wood is located five miles northeast of Winchester in the county of Hampshire and is known as one of the best places in the UK to see bluebells. The woodland’s shade and mossy cover provide the perfect conditions for these spring flowers to flourish, and during the month of April the whole forest floor is transformed into a spectacular blanket of blue and violet.

3. Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Newark Park with its historic house and walled garden is best visited in the months of March, April and May when wild garlic, snowdrops, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom. The house, which was built in 1550 as a hunting lodge, is surrounded by 700 acres of countryside complete with lush meadows, woodlands and even a lake, making it perfect for a springtime photo shoot.

4. Saltram, South Devon

Saltram Estate, which includes a Georgian mansion and the remains of 18th century landscape parkland, was featured in the Jane Austin movie Sense and Sensibility. This beautiful forest walk and park provides spectacular views of the Plym Valley and is particularly impressive in springtime when the snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and other woodland flowers are plentiful.

5. Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Nothing embodies spring more than cherry blossoms with their lovely white and pink tones. If you want to photograph these spring blooms in all their glory, visit the Alnwick Garden in Northumberland towards the end of April. You’ll be able to stroll through a cherry orchard which boasts 350 trees and is underplanted with thousands of eye-catching purple alliums and pink tulips.

6. Pentire Head, North Cornwall

The Pentire headland walk offers spectacular views of the Stepper Point as well as Doyden and Tintagel Castle. During springtime, it’s also a wonderful place to enjoy the spring wildflowers that grow all along the cliff tops. In addition to bluebells, you’ll be able to photograph wild primroses, dog violets, red champions and spring squills.

7. Blickling Estate, Norfolk

A walk around the Blickling Estate in the stunning Norfolk countryside will take you through magnificent gardens and past points of local historical interest including Long Plantation, the Tower and Brickyard. More importantly, though, embarking on this two-hour nature walk is a great way to enjoy the carpets of vibrant bluebells that spring up in the woodland areas in mid April and May, as well as other wildflowers like campions and yellow archangels.

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