Best bluebell walks in Sussex

Sussex is awash with a sea of colour as bluebells spring into full bloom throughout both counties.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 4:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:18 pm

Their deep violet-blue and distinctive bell-shaped flower make native bluebells one of our best known plants and Sussex is filled with a number of fantastic walks in which to enjoy them and other flowers including stunning white wood anemones.

Readers have been sharing some of their wonderful pictures from around Sussex: https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/bluebells-bloom-across-sussex-readers-pictures-3219167

Here are just some of the best places in Sussex to enjoy the stunning bluebell displays:

Angmering Park Estate, Dover Lane (car park), Angmering, West Sussex, BN18 9PX - This privately owned, traditional agricultural estate in the heart of the South Downs, boost some beautiful bluebells. More information at More information at https://angpk.co.uk/forestry/

Arlington bluebell walk and farm trail, Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6SH - Many thousands of people visit the Bluebell Walk every year, supporting Sussex charities, who benefit from the entrance fee (prebooking required). Running daily until Wednesday, May 19 from 10am until 5pm. More information at www.bluebellwalk.co.uk

Brede High Woods, Battle, East Sussex, TN31 6EX - This ancient and secondary woodland and open heathland combine at this spot in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you can combine bluebell spotting with waterside views. More information at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/brede-high-woods/

Collington Wood, Westcourt Drive, Bexhill, East Sussex, TN39 3NA - A delightful small woodland popular with dog walkers. In the spring it is carpeted with white anemones. Walk through the trees to find a lovely grassy space and children’s play area. More information at https://www.rother.gov.uk/leisure-and-events/open-spaces/parks-and-green-spaces-in-bexhill/

Ebernoe Common, Near Petworth, West Sussex, GU35 9LD - This varied ancient wooded area, now a Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve, incorporates ponds, streams, meadows and reclaimed arable land boasting a variety of sites including spectacular bluebells. The nearby Mens nature reserve is another bluebell spot near Petworth. More information https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/ebernoe-common

Flatropers Wood, Beckley, East Sussex, TN31 6TH - The woodland at this stunning spot near Peasmarsh turns to a purple haze each spring as bluebells bloom. More information at https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/flatropers-wood

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9BS - The nature reserve is a perfect opportunity to photograph some of the giant twisted trees. There are a number of notable birds, such as green woodpeckers, red kites and buzzard - as well as bluebells. More information at https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/kingley-vale/

Marline Valley, Hastings, East Sussex, TN38 9NY - This is a wonderful mix of semi-natural ancient woodland, unimproved meadows and a classic Sussex ghyll stream situated on the edge of Hastings. More information at https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/marline-valley

Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB - The woodland and the wild garden at Nymans, looked after by the National Trust, are carpeted with bluebells. Charges apply and prebooking is recommended. More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans

Selwyns Wood Nature Reserve, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0QN - Selwyns Wood is a small mixed semi natural woodland near Heathfield, mainly oak, birch and sweet chestnut, but with a few old big beech trees and flora to enjoy. More information at https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/selwyns-wood

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3QX - This historic parkland, looked after by the National Trust, forms a larger footprint for the Sheffield Park estate and boasts some spectacular walks on a network of paths. Charges apply and prebooking is recommended. More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden

Slindon Estate, just off the A27 at Slindon near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0RG - Slindon Estate, looked after by the National Trust, is 3,500 acres of Sussex woodland, farmland, downland and pretty village all divided by paths, hedges, lanes and tracks. More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/slindon-estate

Standen Estate, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE - A major restoration of the 5-hectare (12-acre) hillside garden, looked after by the National Trust, showcases year-round seasonal highlights, including bluebells, and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Charges apply and prebooking is advised. More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TN - As well as being scattered throughout the woodlands in areas such as Westwood Valley and Horsebridge Wood there is a magnificent swathe of blooms starting to form Bethlehem Wood, which will soon create a magical blue haze across the landscape. Charges apply and prebooking is advised. More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9SD - Visitors can walk past the old ponds and lake, through the ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into the unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows – habitats all contained within its 47 acres. There is no charge but donations are welcome. More information at https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/woods-mill