For me, going for a walk in bluebell woods is an essential thing to do early May. It seems quite magical to walk through a carpet of blue flowers dappled in sunlight filtered through the fresh, green leaves on the trees. Their fragrance fills the air and the only sounds are the calls of birds and, perhaps, the laughter of children also enjoying a wonderful day out.
This year the bluebells were out early due to the warm weather but over the bank holidays I visited Arlington Bluebell Walk, in East Sussex, where I took the photo above. The bluebells were perfection and their smell was wonderful. Although some of the early flowers have passed their prime now, others are still emerging in shadier parts of the woods - according to the Bluebell Walk website.
Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail is open daily (except on Mondays) from 10am to 5pm until May 15, with later closing on Tuesdays. It offers 23 acres of woods and fields with a variety of walking routes of varous lengths. The address is: Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, near Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH. Tel 01323 485151. Entrance is £4 for adults and £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children. The website is: www.bluebellwalk.co.uk/
Money raised - via the entrance fee, at the site's tearoom and on stalls selling goods and farm produce - goes to local charities.
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