WHAT better indication of spring than the billowing head of bluebells covering nearby woodland? 

The stunning splashes of colour that adorn our grassy banks and ancient woodland make a wonderful walk for people of all ages. 

Taking in some of mother nature's gifts this spring by going on an adventure through the bluebell woods is a magnificent memory to share with your loved ones.

If you've not yet had a chance to enjoy the bluebells, you're in luck as due to the colder weather this year they've flowered slightly later. 

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Bluebells are found in ancient wooded areas and are protected under the Countryside Act (1981), which means it is illegal to wilfully damage them – so people must stick to the paths and take care not to trample on them.

There's still plenty of time to get out and relish in the bluebells, here are five walks to enjoy over the next few weeks:

Pamphill Bluebell Wood

Where? Pamphill, Wimborne, BH21 4EF

Located in the Kingston Lacy estate this stunning bluebell woods is one of the most popular locations to see the spring flower.

There is designated and free bluebell parking during dates in April and May, which is a short walk from the woods and dogs are welcome on leads.

Nearby you will find Badbury Rings iron-age hillfort and White Mill.

Bluebells at Kingston Lacy 

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Bluebells at Abbott Street Copse on the Kingston Lacy estate.

The Kingston Lacy estate is one of most popular areas in the county to see bluebells, with thousands of people coming to see the spectacular carpets of flowers. 

One of the most popular locations to see bluebells on the estate is at Abbott Street Copse.

The Copse is full of veteran and ancient trees which provide the perfect habitat for bluebells, whilst the deadwood is perfect for the wide range of bugs and insects.

Duncliffe Wood 

Where? Shaftesbury SP7 0QW

Duncliffe Wood is one of the oldest and largest woods in north Dorset and was even mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The main visitor access into the wood is via a track from the car park off New Lane, into the western side of the wood.

There are a number of tracks and paths running through the woodland including a long-distance path, the Hardy Way.

Lewesdon Hill

Where? Beaminster DT8 3JZ

Lewesdon Hill near Beaminster is a fantastic place to visit now that the bluebells are in bloom. 

The spectacular hill is the highest point in Dorset and boasts views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea.

The National Trust site is a must-visit spot for dog walkers, locals and visitors alike.

Langdon Woods

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At Langdon Woods Picture: Julia Scott

Where? Chideock, Bridport DT6 6SF

Langdon Woods is home to a myriad of wildlife including swathes of ancient bluebells as well as buzzards and ravens.

Enjoy a circular woodland walk through Scots pine and larch - it is awash with flowers including bluebells and foxgloves during the coming months too. 

Ashmore Wood 

Where? Ashmore Wood, Blandford Forum

This spectacular woodland is truly breaht-taking with its towering trees and relatively flat ground, making it ideal for walkers. 

Ashmore is located approximately 2km south of Ashmore village and 4km north of Fontwell Magna within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

Charmouth Forest

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Stunning bluebells (stock).

Where? Champernhayes Ln, Bridport DT6 6DF

Located in Wootton Fitzpaine, you can discover some amazing bluebells in Lower Beech Woods, part of Charmouth Forest.

There is a circular walking route you can take where you can see the bluebells and views across Charmouth.

For more woodland walks check out the interactive map at the top of the article.