Around Wells in Somerset is a patchwork of little woods. It is difficult to tell from the map where one ends and another begins. In spring they are full of bluebells. But if you go into the woods to pick some you may never come out – like many woods there are fairies guarding the flowers.
The woods in the Mendip Hills are full of bluebells in spring. From Wells a steep tangled combe leads up into the Mendips.
In these woods the fairies are supporting the NHS through our difficult times.
The narrow footpaths are lined with bluebells.
From Biddle Combe you can cross the Bristol road and drop down the track to the Gorse Plantation.
This is a private patch of woodland but from the dry-stone wall there is a sea of bluebells and ferns.
Further down the hill, Round Wood hugs the northern edge of an old quarry.
But the prize for the best bluebell wood near Wells must go to Park Wood.
In the early mornings the spring sunshine warms a woodland floor covered in bluebells.
Park Wood is an important part of the cultural landscape around Wells. Wells has a long history and so does this wood. The wood was once much bigger. It was cut by the East Somerset Railway line and the main road to Shepton Mallet.
However, the best know bluebell wood in Mendip is Longwood. Hidden around a corner of Cheddar Gorge its circular woodland walk is the best way to see the bluebells.
Each year the wood is covered by bluebells and wild garlic.
Look out for a few white bluebells.
Not far from Longwood is Lots Grassland.
It may be a grassland but Lots still has its own collection of bluebells.
The hedgerows are full of bluebells.
Across the lane from Lots Grassland is another field of bluebells.
The name gruffy, comes from groovy a local name for this uneven land. It lives up to its name with lumps, bumps and holes everywhere.
At the far end of the Mendip Hills. Is the coastal village of Uphill.
Next to a patch of woodland is the Donkey Field. Once home to the donkeys that gave rides on the beach this field is covered in bluebells and cowslips.
Beacon Hill Wood is famous for its autumn colours. But in the lower parts of the wood it puts on a hidden display of bluebells.