One of the highlights of springtime for me is a walk in our local bluebell wood. Brede High Woods in East Sussex is one of the best Sussex bluebell woods. The sound of cuckoos and birdsong fill the air, dappled shade is pierced with shards of sunlight and swathes of fragrant bluebells carpet the woodland floor. A bluebell walk will give you that feel good factor for the rest of the day.
When do Bluebells Flower?
Bluebell season usually begins in early April and lasts through until the end of May although this varies slightly depending on the weather. In cooler years they’ll start later and when it’s warmer they’ll make an earlier appearance so time your bluebell walk according to the weather.
Half the world’s bluebell population can be found in the UK and Sussex is lucky to have some of Britain’s best bluebell woods. Here’s where to find some of the best bluebell woods in Sussex…
Brede High Woods, East Sussex
Brede High Woods is situated six miles north of Hastings, East Sussex in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is special for its rare green hellebores and wild service trees, but also for hobby, woodcock, nightingales and buzzards, glowworms, great crested newts, lampreys, dormouse, badgers and fallow deer.
How to get there
There are two Woodland Trust car parks on the B2089, five miles north-west of Battle, between Cripps Corner and Broad Oak. Parking and entry to the woods is free.
More Sussex Bluebell Woods
Bluebell Woods in East Sussex
Bluebell Woods in West Sussex
For more suggestions see sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk
Bluebells are a protected species in the UK and it is a criminal offence to take them away. Bluebells don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe so be careful not to trample them. It is illegal to pick them or dig up the bulbs and take them away.
More Sussex Walks and sightseeing
One the most famous Sussex sights is Seven Sisters Country Park. Read about how to get there and what to see when you do here.
Eastbourne Trails and Coastal walks will show how much Eastbourne has to offer. Apparently it’s one of the sunniest towns in the UK.
Rathfinny Wine Estate has vineyard tours and there’s also the Rathfinny Trail which takes you through some beautiful Sussex countryside.
A visit to Rye is a must if you’re in East Sussex. This is probably one of the most photogenic towns in the area.
If you like traditional English festivals drop by to Jack in the Green, Hastings which takes place on the first Monday in May (May Day). You’ll find fun, frolics and lots of foliage with Morris Dancers and a street parade to celebrate the start of summer.