The best places for spring flower walks in and around Bristol

Whether you love to go for a walk year-round, enjoy a walk with your dog, or prefer to wait for the weather to improve, there’s no denying that Bristol is home to some beautiful trails and scenery. And come spring, many places are awash in color as the wildflowers begin to bloom.

From daffodils to bluebells, from common species to rarer flowers, there are plenty of wild flowers and springtime walks that will take you through some of the area’s most picturesque spots. We are lucky to have historic estates and cemeteries, forests and parks in abundance.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to see spring flowers in our area. If we’ve missed your favorite, let us know your recommendation in the comments section below.

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Prior’s Wood in Portbury

One of the best places to see bluebells (from late April), Prior’s Wood is in Portbury and boasts a “wildlife-rich old-growth woodland with streams and a wonderful display of bluebells in spring.” According to the Avon Wildlife Trust, it covers about 150 acres and is free to enter, and dogs are allowed on a leash.

Parts of Prior’s Wood date back to the 1600s and are very similar to the type of forest that developed after the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago. Just be sure to refrain from picking the bluebells, as they are a protected species.

Oldbury Court Estate/Vassals Park

Oldbury Court Estate is a free park in Fishponds with woodland, riverside paths and even a children’s playground. It is also close to the nearby Snuff Mills Park and Community Garden. You will no doubt see a variety of flowers and other wildlife as you stroll along the river.


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