One of the things I love about Norfolk is the amount of beautiful countryside we have. Since having a child I’ve found this even more important. I want Miss Belle to grow up loving the outdoors and appreciating nature. With us well into Spring now I have loved driving down country lanes and seeing daffodils out, and now is the perfect time to see bluebells in woodland. One of the best places to view bluebells in East Anglia is within the estate of Blickling Hall, one of the National Trust properties in Norfolk. We heard that a new multi terrain track had opened too, and seeing as we have recently bought a bike trailer, this was the perfect spot to take it out for the day. Read on to see some amazing photos I took of Miss Belle in the bluebells at Blickling.
Cycling at Blickling Estate
We loved cycling as a family on holiday in the New Forest last year, so the new multi-use track at Blickling is a great place to do it closer to home. The new four mile track is ideal for families and it’s been made with materials so that it can be used all year round. Although we are confident to cycle on the road, I prefer to go off road on a nice easy safe route, with Miss Belle in the trailer. We passed parents with buggies, wheelchair users, walkers and a few runners too. The track is mainly flat with a few inclines although my legs were feeling it a bit at times because I went for a run the day before! It wasn’t long until we made our way into the Great Wood and I started stopping taking photos every few minutes.
One couple stopped and said “oh this is nothing, wait until you’re a bit further up!” When we got there, I knew what they meant!
Bluebells, Bluebells everywhere!
As we cycled further into the Great Wood we could see the sea of blue getting larger and larger. It really is a stunning display of bluebells. I stopped and took Miss Belle to show her them up close, leaving Daddy with the bikes.
The cycle ride took us about an hour which was just long enough and then it was time for lunch. There are a couple of cafe’s within the grounds and house, but we took a picnic and found a picnic bench. We left our bikes locked up and popped Miss Belle in the buggy and headed for the gardens. There are some stunning views. The estate is a whopping 950 acres!
We went into the walled gardens and had a look at the work they are doing there. I’m not really a plant expert, a lot of it looked like veg to me! But I loved the little notice which said you could email their gardeners with your gardening questions. I might actually take them up on that!
We went back out behind the house and walked up to the fountain, past more bluebells, and to the summer house. We also found a secret garden and Miss Belle started playing peekaboo!
Another highlight was looking at the stunning tulips. I think they are just about finished blooming but they were so colourful.
After Miss Belle’s chin decided to have an argument with some gravel, we decided against going into the house. Instead we had a quick pit stop to the facilities to clean her up and took the opportunity to have a well earned slice of cake and a cuppa. We left at just gone 3pm and Miss Belle fell asleep almost immediately in the car. She clearly wore herself out having so much fun! We absolutely loved seeing the stunning bluebells at Blickling and we will definitely be returning for years to come. If you’re local do go give it a visit.
Visit the bluebells at Blickling this May
There are free guided tours of the bluebells at Blickling from 11-14 May at 10am. To end the season of bluebells there is also a festival of the blues running. The house will be lit up at night in blue for the whole month! There is also a special afternoon of blues music running on 27th May. To find out more check out the National Trust website.