It is Bluebell season and time to hunt out the best places in South East London & Kent. Here’s our top 5 #free destinations for Bluebell hunting…
1. Kemnal Estate
Squirrelled in a secret part of Chislehurst, this is ancient woodland that is very much “off grid” and doesn’t feature on local maps. It is largely an undiscovered gem. Go to the bottom of Kemnal Road (past Foxbury Manor) and then take the small path up the hill and turn left into a woodland meadow. It is sandwiched between Belmont Open Space and Kemnal Park Cemetery. It is stunning to say the least…
Cost – Free
Place – Chislehurst
Free Parking on the roads near the entrance to the path up the hill.
2. Oxleas Wood
The wild bluebells are out at Oxleas Woods, an ancient deciduous forest in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. You have the added treat of Severndroog Castle which is another hidden gem in South East London. Their tea room is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am til 5pm. The Castle itself is open on Sunday from 10.30am til 4.30pm.
The friends of Oxleas Woods are leading a family walk on Sunday 28th April at 10.30am. More here.
Cost – Oxleas Woods entrance is Free!. Severndroog Castle is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Location – Eltham / Shooters Hill
Read more about Oxleas Woods here.
3. Eltham Park North
Eltham Park North is one of Greenwich’s Green Flag award winning parks. Venture into Shepherdleas Woods (ancient woodland dating back to the Ice Age!) to discover a sea of Bluebells. The hum of the A20 is loud and clear but the bluebells make up for it!
Read more about Eltham Park North here
Cost – Free!
Location – Eltham with free parking on surrounding roads.
4. Lesnes Abbey Woods
Head to Lesnes Abbey Woods in Abbey Wood. Lesnes Abbey Wood is approximately 88 hectares (217 acres) in size. It was also the home to Lesnes Abbey – the Abbey was built in 1178, by Richard DeLucy, the Chief Justice of England, as penance for the murder of Thomas Beckett. It was dissolved in 1525, by Cardinal Wolsey, as the start to the wider dissolution of monasteries in England.
We hear from a local facebook group that the Bluebells are out in force.
Check out John Bull’s pictures.
Cost – Free
Location – Abbey Wood
5. Lullingstone Country Park
We love this country park, located near Eynsford. Lullingstone Country Park is internationally important for its collection of ancient trees, with over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut, some of which are thought to be 800 years old.
We have it on good report that the bluebells are out in force!!
Wherever you go, you need to go soon as the Bluebell season is quickly over!