The Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail opens annually in the spring to welcome visitors to the ancient woodlands of Beatons Wood and farm trails of Primrose and Parkwood Farms.
Visit www.bluebellwalk.co.uk for full details of opening dates and times, prices and the all-important state of the bluebells.
The walk is generally open for four/five weeks only in April and May (exact dates vary from year to year depending on the season – the website will give you full details).
The walk was first opened in 1972 when Parkmead Primary School were fund-raising to build an outdoor swimming pool. The woods were opened to parents and friends for one weekend only and the event proved so popular that it has been repeated every year since. Over the years, the Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail has raised significant funds for local charities and continues to do so through the provision of home-made refreshments at Bates Green Farm – the start and finish of the walks.
Visitors are treated to a profusion of spring flowers, beginning with tiny white wood anemones and followed by carpets of bluebells throughout the woodland floor. Paths are well maintained and some are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
For the more adventurous, follow the trails to Parkwood Farm where the visitor can view milking in progress each afternoon between approximately 3.30 and 5.30. Continuing to Primrose Farm completes the extent of the walks and offers far-reaching views to Mount Caburn and the South Downs.