05 May 8 of Yorkshire’s best bluebell trails from our Yorkshire campsite
Did you know that half of the world’s population of bluebells sit in the UK? There’s no wonder they’re a charming hallmark of the British countryside. A bluebell carpet in a dense wood is the sure sign that spring has arrived, and right now you only have a couple of months to spot them before they disappear in late May. This blog shares our favourite Yorkshire woodland trails where bluebells are in abundance.
Immerse in nature
Campsites offer a fantastic opportunity to find true serenity. How many chances do you get to step away from the everyday and try something completely different? Before we show you our favourite bluebell trails, consider our peaceful camping retreat for glampers and campers alike during your next Yorkshire getaway, where all the below woodlands can be found just a stone’s throw away.
Our top picks for bluebell spotting
These walks are all child, dog, and group friendly – but please keep all paws on the trail!
Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey
A picturesque walk down the Masons Campsite alongside the River Wharfe will lead you to Strid Wood, an absolute must for campers and glampers looking to immerse in nature. This majestic wood is steeped in history, and the well-placed trails are blooming with flora and fauna, including bluebells well into spring, then wild garlic throughout the summer. Be sure to stop by The Strid, a famous part of the river where the water flows at great pressure.
Middleton Woods, Ilkley
Middleton Woods is a well-known wildflower area in Yorkshire, famous for its fantastic bluebell covering that coats the woodland in a violet haze. The walk is located a 30-minute drive away from the campsite, in the traditional spa town of Ilkley, which is teeming with independent coffee houses and quaint shops.
Skipton Woods, Skipton
Overlooked by the medieval Skipton Castle, this ancient woodland is a rare find tucked away off the side of a bustling high street. The space is adorned with bluebells throughout the spring and makes for unforgettable views. Skipton is just a 20-minute drive away from Masons Campsite, and we recommend making a day of your visit to take in the markets, shops, and culture that this town has to offer.
Nidd Gorge, Knaresborough
This woodland, built up of five diverse areas, boasts dramatic views over the steep-sided valley and is surrounded by a wealth of wildlife and florals. An on-site car park makes it a convenient, yet picturesque spot which is just 40 minutes by car from Masons Campsite. Choose to make a day or afternoon of your visit with a variety of trails.
Lakes, waterfalls and follies make up this fantastic space that centres around the River Ure. The historic woodland is scattered with relics (as well as bluebells!) and is a haven for creativity. This romantic landscape has been said to be a source of inspiration for 19th century writers, making it well worth the 40-minute drive from Masons Campsite.
Janet’s Foss, Malham
Janet’s Foss, located 30 minutes by car, is home to Janet, queen of the fairies who is said to have lived in a cave behind the famous waterfall which sits at the heart of this walk. The name explains the fairy-tale surroundings that adorn the area, including wild garlic and pretty bluebells that can be found on the trail leading up to the natural water feature.
Blubberhouses tree trail, Nidderdale
Take a walk through Nidderdale’s industrial heritage on this popular route tucked away just a half-hour drive from Masons Campsite. This is where you can find a fantastic variety of tree species, and of course, untouched bluebell reserves.
Otley Chevin, Otley
If you’re looking for fields of blue as far as the eye can see, Otley Chevin is the place to be! This trail already boasts fantastic views, so pair that with the caret of bluebells to find a picture-perfect moment that you just won’t forget.
Blooming lovely, where do I sign up?
Muddy boots, wagging tails and a group natter are more than welcome at Masons Campsite. In fact, we would be lost without them! We offer the perfect space to unwind after enjoying a long walk, where you can reconnect with nature whilst enjoying all your creature comforts. Take a look at our camping options below and find a date to suit you.