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Spring Walks in Cheshire: Top locations to explore spring blooms

Spring has finally arrived, and it feels fantastic to take a leisurely walk while admiring the first flowers of the season. From snowdrops and crocuses to daffodils and bluebells, there is nothing more beautiful than witnessing the sunlight glistening on the colourful sea of flowers for the first time this year.

Cheshire is a county that offers an abundance of stunning garden walks to explore in the springtime. From vibrant flower displays to tranquil woodland paths, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This round-up of the best spring walks in Cheshire is designed to help you discover the most breathtaking and picturesque routes so that you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty that this region has to offer.

Girl About Cheshire
April 20, 2024


Bluebell Cottage Gardens

Nestled away in Dutton, Bluebell Cottage Gardens is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Featuring a charming nursery, a cosy tea room offering delightful snacks, and, of course, a breathtaking garden showcasing a variety of spring flowers, it’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Strolling through this picturesque garden is a delightful experience, with numerous spots to sit and admire the stunning tulip-filled borders or you can indulge in a leisurely picnic amidst the meadow. For a serene Sunday outing away from the hustle and bustle, consider taking a tranquil spring walk among the woodland bluebells along the signposted Delamere Way up to Dutton Locks.

Bluebell Cottage Gardens welcomes visitors from April to September, Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, with an entry fee of £5 or complimentary access for RHS members.

Arley Hall

Arley Hall stands out as one of Cheshire’s premier private estates, offering an idyllic setting for a spring walk in Cheshire. Whether you’re wandering through their enchanting bluebell-laden woodlands, exploring the impressive walled garden, or admiring the vibrant herbaceous border, Arley Hall promises a haven for gardening enthusiasts. The estate also boasts a delicious cafe, a natural play area for the kids, and the opportunity to experience the historic hall itself (be sure to check the website for open days before your visit).

For an immersive experience amidst the blooming bluebells, consider joining one of Arley’s guided bluebell walks, typically available in May and lasting around 90 minutes. Booking is necessary, and you can find more details, including Arley’s entry fees, on their website here.

The Dingle and Grappenhall

‘The Dingle’ follows the Lumb Brook Valley in Appleton in Warrington. Here, you will experience a blanket of bluebells, a must on a dry day for your Chesire spring walk. As you follow the stream along, enjoying the sea of bluebells, you can continue your journey towards Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, where you’ll discover even more springtime blooms and an inviting spot for a bite to eat – please ensure to check their opening hours online.

Hare Hill

Venturing to many National Trust sites promises a delightful spring walk in Cheshire, and Hare Hill is no exception, albeit on a more intimate scale. This charming gem captivates visitors with its picturesque gardens, offering a delightful surprise at every turn, highlighted by a captivating historic walled garden and natural play for the kids. Ensure to bring your picnics along to this one, and if you want a more challenging walk, you can walk to the neighbouring National Trust: Alderley Edge.

Speke Hall

Another National Trust on the list, but the most spectacular bluebell display that you simply must see for your springtime walk in Cheshire. Speke Hall is a family favourite, boasting an array of attractions for everyone. From the enchanting maze and playground to the cosy cafe and numerous woodland trails. You can explore the historic Tudor mansion, discover hidden gardens, roam vast lawns, and find peaceful picnic spots among the apple and pear trees — a perfect day out for the whole family, but certainly one to visit in Spring to experience those bluebells.

Cholmondely Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Malpas is a magnificent destination for your spring walk in Cheshire, featuring a variety of gardens bursting with spring blooms. Open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays, it’s a beloved spot among flower enthusiasts in Cheshire. Highlights include Tower Hill adorned with a stunning carpet of bluebells and Lavinia Walk showcasing a long stretch of spring bulbs. Families can delight in the play area, lakeside walks, and a charming cafe offering refreshments. With plenty more to discover nearby in Cholmondeley, it’s a must-visit destination this spring! Ensure to book in advance on their website here.

Rode Hall

Spread across a sprawling 10-acre site, Rode Hall is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. From the early blooms of snowdrops and hellebores transitioning into vibrant daffodils, the gardens offer a visual feast that continues into spring with the enchanting carpet of bluebells and fragrant lily-of-the-valley in the woodland areas. Don’t miss the dedicated bluebell walk days, perfect for immersing yourself in the beauty of nature while learning about the rich history of this remarkable site.

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Girl About Cheshire

April 20, 2024