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Beautiful Bluebells

Today we visited Otterford Lakes to see the bluebells in full bloom.  As we walked through the woods, you could see the shades of blue on the ground below the dappled trees.


As we walked further down hill we could see the swans on the lake.


We walked past the bridge over the lake and up to the higher meadow where there was an absolute carpet of bluebells, really lovely.


I took some views of the lake as we walked back down.


Some white narcissus were still blooming.


The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.


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Beautiful Bluebells

One of our favourite walks is to go to Otterhead Lakes and walk by the lakes and through the woodland.  We went a couple of weeks ago when my brother was here but the bluebells were not quite out so we went again today to see the beautiful carpets of flowers.


The sunlight was just shining through the emerging Beech trees with their light green leaves.


Just off the path before the bluebells were beds of wild garlic.


As we walked further down the blue of the bluebells got more intense.



Neil took my picture sitting amongst the flowers.



This is such a beautiful place, so peaceful and today there were no other people around, just the sound of the birds and the rustling leaves.


We stopped by the first lake and could see the swan still sitting on her nest and also the Heron was in the same place as we had seen it a couple of weeks ago.  I took a picture of Neil by the lake.


As we were driving from the car park up the lane we noticed that the Devon banks were also topped with bluebells.



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Bluebell walk at Otterhead Lakes

Today, dodging the showers we went for a walk at Otterhead Lakes, one of my favourite places, to see all the bluebells.


The map shows the path we take, from the car park following the red line down to the first lake and then along the path through the woods to the second lake.  Earlier in the year we came here to see the carpets of snowdrops, now it is the turn of the bluebells.


When we got to the first lake one of swans came up to see if we had brought any bread, (but we had forgotten).


It was closely followed by some ducks, who were equally disappointed by us.


The swan upended itself to search for its own food.


As we walked along the path by the river we could see the carpets of bluebells in between the trees.


Neil posed on the little bridge across the stream.


In an established woodland the bluebells are native English where the bells hang to one side as opposed to Spanish bluebells where the bells are all the way round.


When we got the second lake there was a clump of yellow flowers that looked a bit like buttercups.


The water was calm on the lake.


Walking back we admired the bluebells in the woods along the bank.


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Bluebell walk

The Bluebells are absolutely lovely at the moment, and near us is an ancient woodland area called Otterhead Lakes, where there are also 2 lakes.  On Monday we took ourselves down there to walk amongst the bluebells.


Just the woodland path was beautiful with the fresh green of the emerging leaves, so fresh, so luscious.


The path follows a stream that runs from one lake to another.


On our route we noticed a tree trunk that had been sawn and yet was regenerating little shoots.


There were also some late white narcissus in clumps along the pathway.


On the road down to the carpark was a Devon Bank or hedgerow just full of bluebells.  They are so lovely to see growing wild like this.


We also have a few bluebells in our garden around the base of a bush.


All we need now is a lot more sunshine to bring on all the Summer flowers.

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My two favourite walks

Yesterday a friend, whom we’d not seem for a few years, came to visit us.  It was lovely to see her again, and we were lucky in that the sun shone, even though the wind was cold.  After lunch we took her up to Staple Hill, which is one of my 2 favourite places nearby to go for a walk.

A wonderful tree at Staple Hill

Staple Hill is one of the highest places in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, England and on a fine day it is said you can see right over to Wales. 

 From there we got back in the car and headed the short distance to Otterhead Lakes at Otterford.  At this time of year the bluebells are out in force and there are carpets of blue in the woods.

 English native bluebells have flowers on one side only and droop to the side.  Unfortunately there has been an influx of spanish bluebells in garden centres and these have flowers all the way round.  Luckily in established woodland the bluebells are all native English ones.

 We also spotted some wild garlic with pretty little white flowers and lots of ferns growing up poised ready to unfurl as these ones below.

It’s a lovely walk down to the first lake, then along  a footpath by the side of a stream, across a footbridge and then eventually the path comes out by the second lake.  We met a couple of guys walking their dogs and they took a photo of all 3 of us on the footbridge.


The footbridge at Otterhead Lakes

You can see we are well wrapped up as it was quite chilly yesterday, but it is a lovely spot for a walk, really beautiful with all those bluebells.

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