Best Places to Enjoy the Bluebells in West Wales
It’s that time of Spring again when your family can enjoy the pretty sights and lovely smells of the famous bluebells and to save you hunting for where’s best to go, we have put together a handy list of some of the Best Places you can see them here in West Wales
Traditionally the Month of May has been the time you can see woodlands filled with these delicate little blue-purple flowers, although depending on the weather they can flower earlier, and they only hang around for a few weeks.
Standing in front of a carpet of Bluebells is a real springtime pleasure and we are so lucky in West Wales that we can enjoy them in some spectacular locations, check out our list of some of our favourite ones below.
In Neath Port Talbot
Craig Cilhendre Woods in Pontardawe
This is fab woodland with a mix of Sessile Oak, Beech, Birch, Ash, Sycamore, and Alder trees. Some parts of the woods are very old dating back to 1831. Although there are a mix of newer trees as well. This wood is situated on a steep north-facing hillside
Coed Alltacham woods, Rhyd-y-Fro
This woodland is located on the steep sides of Llanguicke Hill and has loads of paths climbing to the summit and offers some stunning views.
Melincwrt Waterfalls in Resolven
The Waterfall is awesome and ancient oak woodland is picture perfect with the carpets of bluebells and other woodland flowers.
Gelli-Hir Wood in Gower
Part of the woods date from before the 1600s and lies on the northern edge of Fairwood Common. There are loads of Fallen trees, stumps and rot holes plants, fungi, and home to some nationally scarce hoverflies.
Kilvrough Manor Woods in Gower
Here you can enjoy loads of woodland birds including chiffchaff, treecreeper, willow warbler and great spotted woodpecker, with most of the woodland trees here being ash and beech.
Oxwich National Nature Reserve in Gower
This small nature reserve is so pretty during springtime with beautiful bluebells, primroses and cowslips. It is located on the south coast of Gower and has a mix of beach, sand dunes, lakes, woodlands, cliffs and salt and freshwater marshes, which is pretty rare to have so many different habitats in a small area.
Cwm Ivy Woods and Betty Church Reserve in Cwm Ivy
This is an ancient broadleaved woodland with loads of bluebells other wild flowers, stunning trees and even a quarry.
Castle Woods in Llandeilo
Pretty woodland, with a castle and quarry on the Llandeilo series of Ordovician rock, which is of national importance, this is a lush location for bluebells
Poor Man’s Wood in Llandovery
This woodland was donated to the town of Llandovery by Vicar Pritchard and is a sessile oak and hazel woodland with carpets of bluebells. You will also find some Rowan, Holly, Crab Apple, Sallow, Ash, Elder and Beech trees here.
Coed Wern Ddu in Llanllwch, Carmarthen
This is a mixed woodland including wet woodland there is loads of bluebells here but not really the easiest place to get to if you’re looking to travel by public transport.
Dinefwr Castle Woods in Llandeilo
Dinefwr is the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales and presents a wonderful display of bluebells on Rookery Ridge. This is a National Trust site and you can pick up a map at reception to follow to navigate your to all the flowers.
Pengelli Forest, near Eglwyswrw
This forest is actually part of the largest block of ancient Oak woodland in West Wales. Bursting with bluebells and violets. It is near the village of Eglwyswrw in the north of Pembrokeshire and is home to many badger families.
Skokholm Island in St Bride’s Bay
Maybe more known its sea bird colonies especially the puffins, but this island also has a fab display of bluebells. Obviously, you can’t just jump on a bus to get there you will need to take a boat and there are many day trips to here that you can catch.
This is a National Trust site and is a circular walk through a bluebell woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh in a dramatic section of coastline which lasts roughly one mile long.
Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth
A National trust site with benefits of car park close by, this is a pretty secluded woodland with bluebells all over it. This site is also home to a walled garden, vast valley garden and has an industrial heritage.
Llanerchaeron in Ciliau Aeron
This beautiful 18th century estate includes a Georgian villa, some farm animals and nowadays is operated by the National Trust. You can enjoy fields of bluebells as well as patches of them as you stroll around the lake.
Coed Penglanowen and Old Warren Hill in Dyffryn Paith
The woods here have a great mixture of trees including species such as Ash, Beech, Sessile Oak, Holly, Sycamore, Wych Elm, and Grand Fir and it actually includes the county’s tallest tree. At the western end of the reserve is where you will find the spectacular carpet of bluebells
Penderi Cliffs near Llanrhystud
This is a Unique, Steep spot that consists of nearly 2 km of cliffs within the reserve. Situated between Llanrhystud and Monk’s Cave you can see oak woodland hanging on to the cliffs with a pretty display of bluebells and campion. This location is also home to some special birds including the Buzzard, Kestrel, Raven, Peregrine and Cormorants.
Gogerddan Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Gogerddan Woodland is half an old natural woodland and half restored and is part of the Ystwyth Forest. Not only does these woods have carpets of bluebells but also a Woodland walk with coastal views.
Our British Bluebells
Did you know there has been concerns about the future of the British bluebell and that’s not just down to climate changes, its down to many of the bluebells found in gardens being a different species such as Spanish ones or a hybrid and this is what’s causing problem to our British Bluebells
How do you tell them apart, well I think the most easiest way is to look at the flowers. If they are all on one side of the green stalk, then these are our British ones and if the flowers are all around the green stalks then they are Spanish ones.
So if you fancy helping to protect our native bluebells the easiest way is if you have any of our native bluebells near your garden then don’t plant any Spanish or hybrid ones and make sure not to throw any unwanted bulbs into the countryside make sure you get rid of them at your local tip.
Oh, and don’t forget it is actually illegal to remove native bluebells from the wild, so if you want to grow them in your garden just buy them.
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