Spring is my favourite season for so many reasons. Firstly there’s the tree blossom, and wow – how gorgeous has it been this year? Then there’s all the flowers… I literally can’t get over how beautiful the countryside is at this time of year – we are so pleased we made the decision to move out of London to Sussex so that we can go for country walks every weekend. We’ve enjoyed snow drops, daffodils, primroses and now, my personal favourite, bluebells. So we figured that there was no better way to spend Easter Sunday then searching for bluebells.
Living at the foot of the South Downs, we’re lucky enough to be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to find bluebells. But I didn’t want just a few bluebells, I wanted a serious bluebell spread. We decided to try out the Arlington Bluebell Walk – about 20 minutes drive east of Brighton – a specific bluebell attraction only open during the April-May bluebell season. We were not disappointed.
Arlington Bluebell Walk offers not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of bluebells. We were absolutely blown away by how incredible it is. It’s a series of seven walks, through Beaton Wood and neighbouring Parkwood and Primrose Farms, so you can choose how long your walk is. And the entire floor of the wood is carpeted in bluebells and garlic flowers.
But it’s not just bluebells; there are so many other flowers and plants – all helpfully labelled and explained to you, as you walk around the different trails. The walks take you through the bluebell wood and around the surrounding fields – allowing you to take in the bluebells, but also the Cuckmere River, the blossom on the hedgerows and trees, the wildlife and farm animals. It is the perfect place to enjoy everything the Sussex countryside has to offer.
Given it was Easter Sunday it was understandably busy, but as soon as you got into the trails the crowds dispersed – so you were able to enjoy the many sights in peace. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been – a definite Sussex highlight. I could not recommend it enough, but go quick as bluebell season is relatively short and they’re out now. What’s more it’s not only a beautiful sight, but also a good cause – with the money raised from the entrance fees (£6 for adults) donated to local charities.
After spending two hours there admiring the bluebells, we were ready for some refreshment. There is a cafe on site, but we’d spotted a local pub, The Yew Tree Inn, in the centre of Arlington. It has a lovely garden and serves food all day, so was the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and a bowl of chips in the sunshine. What a fabulous Easter Sunday.