This morning I paid a visit to Austy Woods, a private woodland located in the heart of Warwickshire. Normally the woods are closed to the public, apart from once a year when the family open them up for two days on the early May bank holiday weekend, to coincide with the eruption of bluebells that occur here every year, and to raise money for charity.
It’s widely recognised as one of the most spectacular displays of bluebells in the county, and beyond I would imagine. Whereas most places have patches of colour, here nearly every part of the woods is carpeted in the sapphire flowers, there must be countless millions of them.
Thankfully they had agreed to let us visit the woodland after the bank holiday, which by all accounts was a bit of a melee, I can’t remember how many thousands of people they said had visited over the two days, but it was a lot. But because we arrived on the Tuesday, we had the place to ourselves, which was rather splendid.
|The entrance to the woodland, and the bluebells are starting to make an appearance.|
|They are starting to get a but thicker. Because the weekend had been so busy, quite a few of the flowers |
had been trampled on.
|Further on the leafy trees turn to pines, which are a lot sparser, but the bluebells are denser. Unfortunately |
the sun disappeared for a while resulting a flatter image.
|This is the same piece of woodland as above, but a bit of sunshine has transformed the scene entirely.|
|Looking along the footpath as it winds it's way through the colourful carpet.|
|A final shot of the vibrant woodland.|
After we'd finished we returned to Yew Tree Farm for a coffee and a well deserved spot of lunch, all in all a pretty good morning.