Dockey Wood Bluebells – Buckinghamshire, England - Atlas Obscura

Buckinghamshire, England

Dockey Wood Bluebells

Each spring this woodland floor is carpeted with purplish flowers as far as the eye can see. 

Dockey Wood is a beautiful stretch of forest on the edge of the Ashridge Estate, that transforms each year into a colorful natural spectacle. For a few weeks in springtime, the woodland floor blooms with millions of bluebell flowers, carpeting the forest with vibrant blue and purple hues. 

This stunning phenomenon is a feast for the eyes. The contrast of colorful flowers blanketing the ground below the tall green trees is a sight quite unlike anything else. There are miles of walking trails to follow through this flowery sea, where you can take in the atmosphere and snap some photos. 

The 5,000-acre Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns Hills is known as one of the best places in England to see bluebells in flower, and visitors come from far and wide to experience this wonderful scene. The flowers themselves are a protected species, so if you do visit the woods, be sure to stick to the footpaths. 

Know Before You Go

There is a small parking lot opposite the entrance to the wood. Peak bloom is around the first week in May. The site has become so popular in the last few years the National Trust now charges a small fee for entry. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

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