Those beautiful little white flowers are one of the first signs that spring is nearly here, and it’s time to get back outside! Here’s my guide to the best snowdrop walks in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. This guide was originally written in 2020 before covid. I haven’t updated it this year so please ignore any dates BUT most of these places are still open for local visitors.
Snowdrop walks in Buckinghamshire
I couldn’t really compile a list of Buckinghamshire snowdrop walks without starting at Stowe Landscape Gardens. Not only is the site itself a brilliant day out, the brand new snowdrop walk is beautiful!
Cliveden, near Taplow is another top National Trust spot for snowdrops. The woodland area is full of them!
At this time of year Daffodil Hill at Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury is full of snowdrops. The hill is huge so it’s a pretty impressive display! There’s also lots of hidden snowdrops if you follow the Baron’s Walk.
Not to be outdone, Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe has it’s own stunning display each year. Just down the road West Wycombe Park is holding it’s own snowdrop walk on the 2nd February in aid of Child Bereavement UK.
Hollydyke House in Little Missenden is part of the National Open Gardens Scheme. It’s open on the 15th February from 11:30 – 15:30.
Snowdrop walks in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
On the 23rd February there’s a snowdrop & plant fair at Kingston Bagpuize House and garden.
The slopes of Upton House, near Banbury are covered in snowdrops, but they can also be found throughout the gardens. It’s one of my favourite places for a snowdrop walk in Oxfordshire.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you can only see snowdrops at National Trust properties! Waterperry gardens has a spectacular display. You can wander through the woodland area and cross the stream, all surrounded by snowdrops!
On the 5th and 15th February Thenford gardens and arboretum are holding snowdrop days from 13:00 – 16:00.
Not actually Oxfordshire, Welford Gardens in Newbury has one of the best displays of snowdrops I know of. It’s incredible. Only open Wednesdays – Sundays until the 1st March.
Benington Lordship near Stevenage are holding snowdrop walks from the 5th Feb – 1st March 11:00 – 16:00. Adults £5 (£6 on Sundays). Children under 16 yrs £2, under 5 yrs free.
Walkern Hall, also near Stevenage, only open for one snowdrop weekend per year. This year it’s the 8th and 9th Feb from 12:00 – 16:00. £5 per adult.
The King’s Arm Garden in Ampthill, Bedfordshire has nothing to do with the pub! But it is a spectacular place to see snowdrops. Open on the 23rd February from 14:30 – 16:30. £3 per adult, free for children.
Houghton Hall Park near Dunstable is free to visit (for up to 3 hours) and has lots of snowdrops. Open every day.
If there are any other places your recommend visiting in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire please just get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org