TO SPOT BLUEBELLS
Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge (01422 844518): Often known as Little Switzerland because of the valley and the pathways and river which wend through it. In spring the woodland is awash with bluebells.
Garbutt Wood, Sutton Bank (01904 659570): The dramatic Whitestone Cliff towers above the wood and can be seen for miles across the Vale of Mowbray. Come late April the woodland floor is covered with a carpet of bluebells.
Nostell Priory, near Wakefield (01924 863892): A few years ago the pleasure gardens, which had lain unseen for more than 30 years, were reopened and now boast a large number of bluebells which line the original pathways.
Newton Wood, Roseberry Topping (01723 870423): Perhaps one of the most spectacular places to see bluebells in the whole of Yorkshire. Instead of heading straight for the hill, take a wander through the wood which is also a haven for blue tits during April and May.
Stoneycliffe Wood (01904 659570): The semi-natural ancient woodland has a beck meandering through it. Historically managed for timber production, some areas have since become dominated by sweet chestnut. As well as bluebells, spring also brings a display of wild garlic.
Hetchell Wood, Leeds (01904 659570): A mix of woodland, rich grassland and wet flushes, it provides a tranquil retreat on the edge of the city with easy navigable pathways.