A second visit to RSPB Swell Wood, not to visit the brilliant herons, but instead I wanted to see the spring flowers on the Scarp Trail. This walk is a sea of bluebells and yellow celandines.
The Scarp Trail
The scarp trail is a short walk at just over a mile. The footpath is steep in places but the woodland trail is in excellent condition following lots of work to improve the steps.
The start of the trail is very pretty in the dappled shade.
To the right of the path are a series of open glades full of bluebells. On the left is a steep bank covered in bluebells leading down as far as you can see.
Access down the steep scarp is difficult, but at the far end of the trail is The Loop. In the loop the steps give you the chance to explore the bottom of the wood.
Today was a strange weather day and half-way down the steps I had to take cover from rain and snow. Snow in April is exciting but this snow was wet and slushy and did not settle.
Gaps between the dark shower clouds illuminated the woodland picking out individual trees.
The bottom of the loop is a sea of bluebells.
The woods glowed in the low afternoon sun.