TO SPOT BLUE­BELLS

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

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.

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