Bluebells in Old Park Wood, Harefield

Bluebells in Old Park Wood nature reserve, Harefield

Over the weekend we went off is search of bluebells. These pretty flowers bloom from late March to early May and are one of the last flowers to bloom in the woods. Bluebells are a protected species in the UK and we look forward to seeing them each Spring. We heard about a lovely woodland walk through the bluebells on the outskirts of London, so went off to find them.

Bluebells in Old Park Wood, Harefield

Old Park Wood nature reserve in Harefield is a little off the beaten track. It is behind Harefield Hospital and accessed via footpath from Hill End Road. You soon come to a sign marking entry to Old Park Wood which is managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The paths are easy to follow and take you a circular route within the boundary of the nature reserve.

Bluebells in Old Park Wood, Harefield

We saw the bluebells as soon as we entered the nature reserve. They were throughout the woods and really stunning to see. We were careful to stick to the paths as bluebells do not like to trampled on.

Bluebells in Old Park Wood, Harefield

The ancient woodland is thought to have been continuously wooded since Saxon times. At the boundary of the woods, you can see a shallow ditch, flanked by a series of large stumps – these are the remains of hornbeams which were used to form a natural fence to hold livestock.

Bluebells in Old Park Wood, Harefield

The walk was quite hilly and there was plenty to see. As well as the beautiful display of bluebells, there were a stream, steeps steps up to a viewing platform which looked out over a lake, as well as yellow archangel, lesser celandine, wood anemone and coralroot bittercress to look out for.

Dogs are welcome on leads and our pup had fun, especially splashing in the stream. We walked for about a mile and a half from where we parked, so not the longest walk, but worth it to see the bluebells. There was even a cheeky geocache hidden on the footpath to Old Park Wood.

Over the last few years we’ve visited sunflower fieldspumpkin patchespoppy fields and wild flower meadows. We’ve also been to a lavender field.


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    Samantha Donnelly
    April 27, 2023 at 9:14 am

    How pretty is this, I have such lovely memories of bluebells and my childhood, will have to take a trip and see them and remember all those happy times

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    Marie Cris Angeles
    April 27, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    I love going to places like this. It gives me peace and relaxes my mind from all stress.

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    April 27, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    The place is gorgeous wow!!! I love strolling in a park like Bluebells in Old Park Wood, it is so beautiful.

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    Alita Pacio
    April 27, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Such a pretty place. Connecting with nature is always great!

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    Lavanda of Appetizers & Entrees
    April 27, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos of Old Park Wood and the bluebells in bloom. I love spending time outdoors and this post has inspired me to visit this location. It’s great to see people appreciating nature and taking the time to capture its beauty.

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    Gennifer Rose
    April 27, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a sucker for colorful flowers fields, especially purple blooms!

    Gennifer Rose

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      Fareeha Usman
      May 9, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Such a beautiful place. I love nature

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    April 28, 2023 at 4:53 am

    Walking in blooming nature is always a bliss. Beautiful photographs of nature trails with a splash of bluebells all around.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    April 28, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Bluebells are so beautiful. Our local woodland is in bloom and we are thinking of taking a walk to see them this weekend

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    Melissa Cushing
    April 28, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    That is so pretty and what a beautiful site to see while walking and hiking through the woods. I am loving those bluebells!

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    Zab Zaria
    April 30, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    My favorite thing about springtime is seeing colorful flower fields! Thanks for sharing this place!

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    May 5, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Loved your post about the bluebells in Old Park Wood Harefield, it reminded me of the importance of connecting with nature and taking a break from the chaos of everyday life.

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    Unconventional Kira
    May 9, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Oh how pretty!. There is a little place like this by my mums . I can’t wait to take photos this summer there 🙂

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