Bluebell rides will never be better than they are now

Filled with a sea of ​​blue and purple tones, Bluebell blooms around Surrey are undoubtedly the best time, bringing the allure of woodland spring. The onset of warmer weather has once again embraced Britain’s woodlands with the precious bluebell ballet, making it an exciting spectacle, especially for those in densely populated areas.

Just over the border in Surrey, Croydon is home to one of the best spots for this beautiful view. Coulsdon Common is full of picturesque meadows and pockets of woodland which become carpets of bluebells during spring.

Rydons Wood, now part of Coulsdon Common, provides a visual feast for Bluebell spectators. Coulsdon Heritage has mapped out the most efficient route to enjoy the most luxurious bluebell displays.

Starting at Rydons Wood Close and leading to the top of the pipe path before crossing along Stites Bottom to the Coal Post located on Stites Hill Road. It may be a short drive, but it promises quiet forest paths lined with peaceful sheets of blue flowers.

Speaking at the wonderful display, Pip Toogood from Coulsdon Heritage expressed: “There are so many bellwoods around here,” reports MyLondon.

According to Pip, another excellent spot nearby, Devilsden Wood, which resides in Happy Valley near Rydons Wood, also offers stunning views of bluebells. A gorgeous green space just a 20-minute walk from Stites Hill Road, perfect for stretching your legs and continuing your nature-themed hike.

The southern section of Coulsdon Common, known as Stites Coppice in its early days, has a rich history, once belonging to Coulsdon Manor, according to Coulsdon Heritage. The City of London Corporation acquired it in 1924.

Reddings Wood, the northern section, was part of the Taunton Manor estate and later Taunton Farm, according to the 1837 tithe map of Coulsdon, reports Coulsdon Heritage. It was also bought by the City of London Corporation, but later in 1936.

The Downlands Partnership has meticulously maintained the area, clearing coppice and reintroducing undercutting – an ancient woodland maintenance practice. This led to an increase in the number of bells in the area.

Reaching Rydon Close, the starting point of the route, is simple. One can take a train to East Croydon and then catch the 466 bus from East Croydon station to Hawarden Road which is a 12 minute walk from Rydons Wood Close.

From this stop, one could even reverse from Stites Hill Road.

Coulsdon Heritage, now on X, formerly known as Twitter, is where Pip said more pictures of the bells would be posted.

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