One of the memories that stand out from my childhood was running through bluebells in a wood near Arundel and picking some to take home to my Mum. These days picking bluebells is prohibited but I still wanted to take the kids to experience the stunning carpet of blue that these magical flowers create.
I have seen many local photographers raving about Bluebell Wood at Pamphill on facebook over the last couple of weeks and I just had to visit before they all disappeared.
Bluebell Wood is set on the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset and we parked at Pamphill Green and took the short walk down a country path to the wood, which is gated off making it easier to find. You could see the blue from the path but nothing prepared us for the sheer amount of bluebells that were on display – it was a real “WOW” moment and the smell was fantastic too.
There is something about being set free that the kids love and they were soon racing around, finding sticks, climbing fallen trees and making up fairy stories.
The deeper into the wood we walked, the thicker the carpet of bluebells became and the kids were delighted by butterflies and dragonflies that were darting around.
What I loved about the wood is that it is completely untouched by humans. Fallen trees were left where they had fallen, creating balance beams for the kids to try to walk across and make-shift seats when they wanted to sit down for a rest.
I nearly lost Eliza at one point as she sat down to play with her dolls and was almost completely hidden by the flowers.
Bluebell wood itself is a coppiced broad leaf woodland, packed full of Oak trees and perfect for a country walk any time of the year. Sebastian was fascinated by acorn shells and had a pocket full by the end of the day.
This is an area we have not explored before but we will certainly be back as there are several walks we can try, some right by the River Stour which I imagine will be beautiful.
Have you checked out your local Bluebells yet?