Last year Hamish and I attempted to go on a bluebell walk around Foxley Wood, unbeknown to us we went way too early and only saw one or two! This year we were determined to head back there and see the bluebells at Foxley Wood in all of their glory. The woods are next to the small village of Foxley, which is half way between Norwich and Fakenham. It took us half an hour to get from Norwich to the woods, which isn’t too bad really! It’s so nice to have something like this on your doorstep.
Foxley is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland. It’s home to primroses in early spring, bluebells in mid-spring and an array of butterflies all summer. The woods are also home to a range of birds and even some owls. It has to be one of the most stunning and peaceful places that I’ve ever been.
We decided to take the short walk, just to see the bluebells. There are a range of longer walks and plenty of picnic spots if you wanted to spend longer there. The car park was overflowing as we arrived, but as we headed into the woodland we barely saw a soul. The bluebell walk was so peaceful….it was bliss! It was so lovely just to be there, wander and escape from the world for an hour or so.
It’s hard to describe how stunning the bluebells at Foxley Wood are. They form a purple carpet as far as the eye can see. To say that it was breathtaking would be an understatement. I’ll let the pictures do the talking but they honestly do no justice to the beauty of the place!
I also discovered that pink and white bluebells exist. They are a little rarer but still as stunning as the bluebells. If you’re planning on seeing the bluebells at Foxley Wood I’d head there in the next couple of weeks. They are in bloom from mid-April to mid-May. You will need wellies or walking boots when you visit as the ground underfoot is a little muddy! Be prepared to lose the best part of an afternoon in there and make sure that your camera is fully charged as I took so many pictures!
I honestly cannot recommend visiting here enough. It’s one of those places that instantly de-stresses you and works wonders on your soul and mental wellbeing. I’d been looking forward to this trip all spring, it’s safe to say that it did not disappoint!
Have you seen the bluebells this year?