The Brecon Beacons has some great nature reserves and woodlands which at this time of year produce a fantastic array of bluebells and other wild flowers. Here’s our top bluebell walks for you to enjoy, with your family, loved one, even your dog! Why not make an afternoon of it and call in one of our pubs or cafes after your walk for a deserved drink or meal.
The Black Mountains town of Talgarth is an excellent centre for nature-lovers, with superb woods where you can see bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic in spring. The Brecknock Wildlife Trust’s Pwll-yr-Wrach Reserve is a beautiful spot to visit. Click here to find out more.
2. Castle Woods at Dinefwr Park and Castle, near LlandeiloThe bluebell display at Dinefwr Park really is a treat for the eyes and nose. Every spring, Castle Woods is carpeted with thousands of beautiful lilac flowers that grow in a race against time before the leaves return to the towering tree canopy, cutting off the sunlight once more. Learn all about Dinefwr Castle and enjoy some breathtaking views. Click here to find out more.
3. Aberglasney Gardens
Aberglasney Gardens are fine historical gardens dating from around 1477, renowned for their use or rare and unusual plants the gardens are a favourite of keen plantsmen and plantswomen. Spring sees the Stream Garden and Pigeon House Woods carpeted in Bluebells, Wild Garlic, Early Purple Orchids and Wood Anemones. Click here to find out more.
4. Priory Groves, BreconPriory Groves is located next to Brecon Cathedral is a mixed woodland, bordering the Honddu river, with oak, beech, hazel and alder trees. Whatever the time of year there are always some birds to see. While you are near the river, look out for dippers at any time of year, and grey wagtails in summer. In spring and early summer there is a good display of wild flowers. Click here to find out more.
5. National Botancial Garden Wales Springwoods and Pont Felin Gât
The National Botanical Garden of Wales has two great places you can experience bluebells.
SpringWoods is best seen in both the Spring and autumn. In spring the wood is carpeted with a sea of celandines, primroses, violets and bluebells.
Pont Felin Gât is a beautiful wooded valley which offers visitors a chance to see a spectacular display of ancient woodland flowers and evocative remnants of the Middleton Hall Regency Park. 200 years ago, Pont Felin Gât was renowned for its iron-rich chalybeate springs and bissected by a necklace of lakes. Today you’ll find plenty of clues to its former uses, but you cannot miss a thundering waterfall. Click here to find out more.
6. Cwm Oergwm Nature ReserveCwm Oergwn nature reserve consists of a narrow band of woodland with glades, that extends for almost a mile along the steep eastern bank of the Menasgin stream. Click here to find out more.
7. Coed Cefn, Bluebell Woods, CrickhowellCoed Cefn known locally as Bluebell Woods is dominated by a canopy of oak and beech and ground flora including bluebells and bramble, this ancient woodland site with an Iron Age hilltop fort alongside dry stone walls and hedge boundary incorporates a historical angle to your woodland enjoyment. Click here to find out more.
8. Coed y Bwnydd
Coed y Bwnydd is a National Trust site- the largest and one of the best preserved hill forts in Monmouthshire. Today, dappled shade, birdsong and the heady scent of bluebells in spring means this gently rolling landscape continues to be a haven for people and wildlife alike. There are beautiful views of the Sugarloaf and wider Usk Valley. Find out more here.
A gentle stroll around the Holy Mountain during end of April early May where the westerly slopes are carpeted with bluebells. – Find our more here.
National Botanic Gardens of Wales-Garden Wildflower Walks 2016
Join biologist Dr Michael Isaac for a one hour tour of the wildflowers at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. By walking through our beautiful woodlands in Spring, and in our orchid-rich hay meadows in June, you’ll have the chance to find out how to tell the difference between a campion and a herb robert, a petal and a sepal, a creeping buttercup and a field buttercup and our four species of meadow orchid. A former Keeper of Swansea Museum, Michael is a retired lecturer at Swansea University’s Departments of Adult Continuing Education and Department of Zoology. Since retiring, Michael has become a key member of the Garden’s Volunteer Wildlife Recording Group.
All walks start from the Mirror Pool, at the top of the Broadwalk. The walks are free with admission, and do not need to be pre-booked. Pathways involve mild gradients and may get muddy in wet weather, so may not be suitable for some wheelchair users.
April 24th 2pm – woodland flowers
April 28th 11am – woodland flowers
May 22nd 2pm – woodland flowers
June 12th 2pm – meadow flowers
June 22nd 11am – meadow flowers
June 26th 11am – meadow flowers (part of Wales Wildflower Day)
July 3rd 2pm – meadow flowers