A MAGICAL carpet of bluebells can be seen in a number of woodlands and parks across Berkshire.

The beautiful blue flowers are one of the greatest highlights of Spring, creating an enchanting backdrop for your walks.

Likely due to the colder weather this year, they seem to have flowered slightly later this year – so, with lockdown restrictions having eased, it is the perfect time to enjoy a tranquil walk in Berkshire's best spots for bluebells before their short-lived season ends in May.

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Here are some of the best-hidden gems in and around Berkshire for an enchanting bluebell walk over the next few weeks.

Prospect Park, Reading

Liebenrood Road, Reading, RG30 2ND

Prospect Park is Reading's largest open space and gets its name from the fine views across the Kennet Valley and beyond.

The best place to see the bluebells is in ‘The Rookery’ by heading north. Here you'll see the beautiful oak woodland and Wildlife Heritage Site.

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Cliveden, Taplow

If you've always wanted to visit Cliveden grounds but haven't had the chance, then now is the time to go.

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 The National Trust grounds has glorious gardens and woodlands overlooking the River Thames. You can download a trail sheet and follow the self-guided walk which will take you away from the formal gardens and into the woods to see the bluebells.

Make sure to book before you go though. 

Basildon Park, Reading

Bluebells are blooming at Basildon Park, and the woodland is completely transformed. 

Basildon Park is a country house situated 2 miles south of Goring-on-Thames and Streatley in Berkshire, between the villages of Upper Basildon and Lower Basildon. It is owned by the National Trust and is a Grade I listed building.

Mill Pond, Bracknell 

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Captured by our talented camera club member Adele Plumley, bluebells have shot up in Bracknell Forest.

Visit Mill Pond this weekend for a lovely circular walk around the pond and capture the bright blue flowers at the same time.

Swinley Forest, Bracknell Forest 

Swinley Forest is a magical place to explore with the large 2,600 acre stretch of small hills, forests and woodlands. 

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There are lovely trails you can walk down to see the bluebells right in the deep neck of the woods.

Windsor Great Park

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Spring in Windsor Great Park is bustling with beautiful flowers. Makeway to the Spring Wood at The Savill Garden to see the carpets of bluebells and then walk over to the Valley Gardens to see the magnolias, as are the flowering rhododendrons and azaleas.