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Best Places to See Bluebells in the Lake District

Best Places to See Bluebells in the Lake District

If you’re dreaming of walking through a magical bluebell wood, we highly recommend visiting the Lake District. Here are our top recommendations for the best places to see Bluebells in the Lake District.


bluebells flowering in lake district

When is the best time to see bluebells in the Lake District?

Bluebells are a seasonally flowering plant, meaning that they are only viewable for a short period of time during the year. If you’d like to see bluebells whilst on holiday, we highly recommend visiting the Lake District between the the months of April to May.

Skelghyll Woods, Ambleside

Skelghyll Woods in Ambleside is an excellent place to see bluebells in the Lake District. This charming woodland is one of the oldest woodlands in England, with a few of its trees being some of the tallest in the UK! There is a pleasant ‘Champion Tree trail’ to follow which has been set up by The National Trust. This walk leads you around the trees and the bluebells which bloom below whilst informing you about the natural wildlife that grows around the Lake District.

bluebell forest lake district



Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass is an excellent place to see bluebells in the Lake District. The gardens which surround the 13th-century Muncaster castle are filled with brightly coloured bluebells during the months of April to May. A day out to Muncaster castle is always a delight, here you can easily spend hours wandering through the magical bluebell woods, the rhododendron gardens or even marvelling at the incredible range of birds of prey at the Hawk and Owl centre. Muncaster castle also has a delightful café, The Owl Garden Tearoom, where you can enjoy a selection of homemade meals as well as hot and cold drinks.

Brandelhow Woods, Derwent Water

Brandelhow Woods is an excellent place to see bluebells in the Lake District if you are visiting with young children or with babies in pushchairs. The path around these woodlands is relatively flat, making it perfect for wheelchair users or families with pushchairs. The gentle path leads you around the blanket of bluebells before leading you towards the picturesque Derwent Water lake.

Bluebells woodland Lake District

White Moss Common, Grasmere

White Moss Common is an excellent place to enjoy a walk surrounded by bluebells in the Lake District. This fairy-tale woodland and meadow are located near Grasmere and Rydal Water and are perfect to explore after a walk around the Grasmere town centre. We highly recommend treating yourself to some local produce, such as Grasmere gingerbread, and bringing it along with you for a little picnic in this flower-filled haven.

Rannerdale, Buttermere

Rannerdale in Buttermere is one of the most famous attractions for those wishing to see bluebells in the Lake District. A sea of purple bluebells stretches across this valley in the early months of April and May, making it an excellent site for photography or artists. The bluebells that grow here are also considered as being somewhat legendary. According to local folklore, the bluebells cover the land where the local British people fought and lost their last battle against the Norman invaders around the time of the battle of Hastings in 1066.

River Brathay, Skelwith Bridge

In the Spring months, the River Brathay is surrounded by beautiful bluebells and conveniently is only a short six-minute drive from our Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. There is a charming walk through the ancient woodland where you’ll find bluebells flowering beneath the medieval trees. The path leads you over stepping stones and bridges across the picturesque river leading you to small waterfalls and other beautiful sights along Skelwith Bridge.

Bluebells at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

We have a truly magical woodlands here at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. Our guests are invited to wonder across these stunning grounds filled with a sea of blue flowers whilst onsite. Our exclusive bluebell woods is conveniently located beside our accommodation options, meaning that Skelwith guests can privately enjoy these protected flowers in their own time.


 Bluebells are a protected species here in the UK, so please remember to be mindful –  we recommend staying on the walking paths so that you don’t damage these special flowers.  

Bluebells at Skelwith

Bluebells at Skelwith

Booking with Skelwith Fold Caravan Park

There are amazing places to see bluebells in the Lake District. You can also be sure that you’ll be able to spot a few of these beautiful flowers as they pop up around our caravan site too. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday in the Lake District, we have a wide offering of accommodation options suitable for both long and short stays. To secure your holiday at Skelwith, you can either book online or call our friendly reception team on 015394 32277.