I wonder what it is about that deep blue, almost lilac, hue that sets pulses a-pumping? If it isn’t travelling miles to see a field of lavender, it’s doing the same to see a field of bluebells in a woody glade.
So this being bluebell season, and as I’m located in the heart of Hampshire, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to bluebell spotting but one of my favourites is Micheldever Wood near Winchester.
Micheldever Wood, under the care of the Forestry Commission, is a large, maturing beech wood of 217 hectares (536 acres) with sprinklings of oaks and conifers and this, I think, makes it a perfect showcase for the incredible display of bluebells each spring.
Entire families come to this ancient tract of land to climb trees and wander through the undergrowth, happy dogs accompanying, whilst photographers avidly search for that “money shot”.
Even older people for whom mobility is an issue can still enjoy the display as the bluebells stretch from the car-park way into the distant centre of the wood for those who like to stretch their legs.
If you too love a bluebell, this is the place to come to – the display should still be glorious if you put a wiggle on.
Two things to be aware of – google maps lead you to Chillandham Lane but the car-park is actually in Northington Lane – and the car park is tiny so coming first thing in the morning is advisable.
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry
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