Bluebell woods and walks in Suffolk holiday cottages

Bluebell woods and walks in Suffolk

Ellen Drowne 09 February 2023

Walking through ancient woods, listening to birdsong and admiring the stunning displays of bluebells covering the woodland floor has to be one of the most uplifting things to do on a sunny spring day in Suffolk.

For details of some wonderful bluebell woods in Suffolk to visit this spring (bluebells are at their best in late April/early May), read on. Our guide lists some fabulous bluebell woods and walks in Suffolk, which make delightful days out for families and couples.

After a revitalising bluebell walk, return to one of our cosy Suffolk properties for a relaxing spring evening together.

Haughley Park

A carpet of blubells, there is a tree stump in the foreground

On the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May annually, you can stroll through the stunning bluebell woods of the beautiful Haughley Park Estate. It’s also a chance to enjoy the usually private grounds of the gorgeous Grade I-listed Jacobean manor house, including the landscaped gardens. Refreshments are available in Haughley Park Barn, so after your bluebell walk, you can reward yourself with a tasty treat.

Location: Haughley Park, Wetherden near Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3JY

Entrance: Adults: £4 (no concessions), children under 16: free. All gate takings are donated to Wetherden Church

Captain's Wood

A path among the blubells and trees in Captain's Wood, Suffolk

Suffolk Wildlife Trust-managed Captain’s Wood Nature Reserve offers one of the most astonishing displays of bluebells in Suffolk. This peaceful woodland is home to ancient trees, barn owls, bats, deer and many species of wildflower. Captain’s Wood is best visited in April or May when the bluebells come into their own.

Location: School Road, Sudbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2BE 

Entrance: Free

Reydon Woods

A path through bluebells and trees, a couple of branches lie on either side of the path

Reydon Woods is simply spectacular for a spring visit, and just the place for bluebell walks. An ancient woodland with characteristics that are typical of a medieval coppice wood, it offers breathtaking displays of bluebells during the first week of May. This beautiful reserve is managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is situated less than 3 miles from the charming coastal town of Southwold.

Location: Wood Lane off B1126 near Wangford, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6SL

Entrance: Free

RSPB Minsmere

A beautiful brown bird sits on a reed at RSPB Minsmere

Follow the woodland trail at this RSPB nature reserve in May, and you’ll be rewarded with bluebells in abundance. There’s a good variety of other flowers to spot too. The reedbeds, wet grasslands and heathlands are a hub for so many species – keep an eye out for otters, water voles, nightjars natterjack toads and silver-studded blue butterflies.

Location: Sheepwash Lane, Westleton, Saxmundham IP17 3BY

Entrance: Free for RSPB members, £9 adults, £6 students, £5 children (free for first child and children under 5)  

Cutler’s Wood and Freston Wood

Trees in full bloom, shades of green above a floor the woodland floor covered in bluebells

Bluebells flourish during springtime in these ancient woods. Freston Wood dates back to medieval times and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site is in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies on the outskirts of the small village of Freston, just a little way from St Peter’s Church, which might make a good starting point for your woodland walk.

Location: Freston, near Ipswich IP9

Entrance: Free

Groton Wood

Close up image of some bluebells with a tree to the right hand side of the foregorund

A springtime trip to Groton Woods – a Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve - will truly raise your spirits with its beautiful bluebell displays. Sections in the northern part of this ancient wood date back to prehistoric times, and it’s famed for its small-leaved lime coppice. Groton is also one of the few ancient woodlands in Suffolk to be home to large wild cherry trees.

Location: West of Kersey near Hadleigh, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 6HD

Entrance: Free

Arger Fen and Spouse's Vale

Path through woodland, bluebells either side and lots of tress. A pile of branches sit to the right of the picture

If you’re visiting Sudbury, Long Melford or any of the Suffolk Wool Towns over the early May Bank Holiday, be sure to visit Arger Fen for its fabulous displays of bluebells. Stroll through this ancient woodland habitat whilst enjoying the spring chorus of willow warblers, whitethroats, black caps and other beautiful woodland birds. It’s also home to the rare hazel dormouse and barbastelle bat.

Location: Arger Fen, nr Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk CO8 5BN

Entrance: Free

Ickworth Estate

Vivid bluebells in the foreground, trees visible in the background

A stroll through National Trust-managed Ickworth Estate during spring is always an uplifting experience! Some of the estate’s woodland is classified as ancient, so trees have been present there since at least 1600. While tracking down bluebells and snowdrops, why not stroll the Italianate garden which surrounds the main building, the Rotunda? With so much to explore, it’s easy to while away a peaceful spring day here.

Location: Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE

Entrance: Whole estate ticket - £11 adults, £5.50 children, family £27.50, family with one adult and up to three children £16.50

Stay in Suffolk

A springtime stay in Suffolk gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the various bluebell walks available in the area. We have Suffolk accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements, meaning you can book the ideal holiday home for your bluebell-based activities.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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