The Best Places To See The Blossom In The Cotswolds

We may have had a little teaser of spring last month but there is definitely still a real chill in the air, however as March progresses on we’ll see more and more beautiful blossom bursting out and bringing with it spring.


After a long and cold winter, spring in such a special time in the UK with the promise of sunshine, warm weather and outdoor activities; so where are the best places to see blossom in the Cotswolds? Lets take a look.


Evesham Blossom Trail
The Vale of Evesham and its neighbouring area’s have some of the most productive horticultural land in the country meaning that from mid March to mid May the soft pink tones of cherry and apple blossom contrast beautifully with the white blossom of the pear and plum as the blossom explodes.

There are some really gorgeous blossom trails to follow in this area. Take the 45 mile AA signposted route and you’ll journey through some of the most idyllic villages that the area has to offer and be captivated by the blossom.



Newark Park

For the very earliest of spring flowers then head to the National Trust gardens at Newark Park where you’ll find carpets of snowdrops to admire, marking the ending of winter and the soon to be coming spring.
The Views down the Severn Valley to the Severn Estuary are pretty special here too.

You can warm up at the end of your walk with a trip to their lovely cafe .

 

Painswick Rococo Gardens
One of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the UK can be found here at the Rococo Gardens just outside of Cheltenham. It is said to be the spiritual home of the honey-scented, nodding galanthus atkinsii and there is so much to see here including the gorgeous blankets of snowdrops, ancient trees, interesting carvings and activities for little ones.

You do have to pay to enter the gardens so make a day of it and visit the cafe for a bite to eat and a break from exploring.

 

 

 

Batsford Arboretum
Late winter/early spring brings an abundance of gorgeous  snow drops to Batsford Arboretum covering the floor of this beautiful spot with spectacular views and a real sense of peace and quiet.

Their stunning collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries take over as the stars of the show in the arboretum from mid April bringing a riot of every shade of pink you can imagine, just delightful.

 

 

Cerney House Gardens
Cerney House Gardens is a romantic, secret place in the Cotswolds, near to Cheltenham.
Set around a Victorian walled garden this is a dreamy place to visit, with romantic Victorian features you almost feel like you are in somebody else’s garden and you shouldn’t be there!  
It’s masses of snowdrops are no secret though, sprouting throughout February and March, these gorgeous blooms attract hordes of people and it is easy to see why.

 

The Daffodil Way, Dymock Woods, Kempley

If you adore seeing the bright and beautiful daffodils of spring as much as we do then you simply must do the Daffodil Walk in Dymock Woods, Kempley.

This circular walk from Dymock through the wild daffodil country within the Windcross parishes in north-west Gloucestershire offers a wealth of woods & orchards, ponds & streams, meadows & fields.

The best time to walk this route is in late February and March when the wild daffodils are in bloom in the woods and fields around Dymock and Kempley, when the  beautiful yellow flowers are sure to put a smile on your face.


Katharine Mabbett