11 Stunning daffodil walks
They're the cheerful little trumpets that herald the arrival of spring ,want to walk the golden carpet? Here are the best places in Glos & Worcs to see them from woodland to parks to arboretums.
Bring on the blooms! Glorious golden daffodils are emerging everywhere and our two lovely shires boast some of the best places in the country to see them.
Be sure to find one local to you, then hot foot it to one these blissful spots to catch them at their best.
Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick
The beautiful Rococo Garden near Stroud is a wonderful place to take a stroll and it’s never more magical than in March, enjoy a sea of glorious yellow and white daffs, surrounded by hellebores, cyclamen and hyacinths, which carpet the orchard and banks at the entrance to the garden. Plus there’s a lovely cafe here doing takeaways through a hatch so you can walk around with a coffee or tea (or ice cream and pretend it’s really warm). Children will love these gardens too with loads to explore, a maze to get lost in and a rustic play area. Book your slot online to not miss out.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
Venture a mile from Moreton-in-Marsh, and you’ll find the spectacular Batsford Arboretum, home to nearly 60 acres of trees, shrubs, and in early Spring carpets of wild daffs. Make sure to book online, then take a meander, explore the on-site gift shop packed with gorgeous interiors, gifts and vintage items and get a hot chocolate from the cafe to warm up afterwards.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt
Although predominantly known for its trees, The National Arboretum has stunning bunches of wild daffodils popping up in the spring beneath its magical canopy of trees.
Gwen & Veras’s Field, Oxenhall, Forest of Dean
One of the few truly wild daffodil meadows left in the UK is known as the “golden triangle”, these fields are carpeted with wild daffodils every spring. Old orchard trees and woodland boundaries also attract lots of birds.. If you’d like to extend your walk to see even more, Gwen & Vera’s Fields are part of a longer walk called the Wild Daffodil Trail which includes a number of nature reserves and walks from 2 to 8 miles can be found.
Arlington Row and Rack Isle, Bibury
Head to WIlliam Morris’s favourite village to see gorgeous pockets of wild daffodils blooming. As well as growing by the famous Arlington Row, take a work around the riverside and Rack Isle and head up the wonderfully named Awkward Hill into the Coln Valley fields where you’ll lose the tourists and find lovely clumps of the beauties.
Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden
Hidcote is a glorious Arts and Crafts garden with colourful and intricately-designed outdoor ‘rooms’ that are full of surprises all year round. In early Spring, you’ll see beds of wild daffodils amongst the maze of narrow paved pathways, secret gardens and ‘wilderness’ of tall trees. Head to Winthrop’s Cafe here for essential hot chocolates with lashings of whipped cream.
Arley Arboretum, Bewdley, Worcs
The stunning Arley Arboretum is tucked away in the beautiful Worcs countryside and boasts more than 300 species of trees and an Italianate garden, it’s a gorgeous visit any time of year but in Spring it’s pretty special. Enjoy swathes of daffodils here (it reopened on 12th March), head for the woodland garden where you’ll find tons of them nestled amongst camellias and bluebells. Dogs are welcome here too.
Croome, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcs
The National Trust’s Croome House in Worcestershire is a stunning 18th century house in grounds designed by Capability Brown and never fails to explode into a canvas of yellow in early Spring. If you love daffodils head to the Home Shrubbery area of the estate where you’ll find rows of the yellow tipped beauties to enjoy.
Cerney House, near Cirencester
This romantic, nature haven feature a gorgeous Victorian walled garden. It’s a blossom paradise all year around including beautiful daffodils and tulips throughout March and April.
Daffodil Weekend, Dymock Woods, Kempley, Glos
Take in a huge 506 hectares at this beautiful woodland, including the wild daffodils that bloom in March and April. Shrouds of the yellow flowers fill the woodland, orchards and meadows. Come down on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, for the special Daffodil Weekend which celebrates its 44th anniversary this year. Organised daffodil walks will take place from the town, and coffee, tea and lunches, alongside local crafts and produce, will be available to purchase at the Village Hall.
And, last tip…. head to Burleigh Court Hotel in Stroud.
In their spectacular grounds there is a secret garden around the back which is flooded with swathes of gorgeous daffodils at this time of year. Beautiful for a short stroll. Stay for a warming drink or afternoon tea, why not.