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“Truly beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods - CLOSED

Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods
Derby, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Truly beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

The walks are lovely, from short and fairly easy (but sensible shoes are recommended) to longer and more challenging. The map that you are given on admission is very useful. During the walks you see carpets of bluebells in beautiful woodland. The woods are surrounded by countryside, all so lush. There is even a small lake/brook to walk around with bridges to cross. When you have had enough of walking there is a very brave lady who sits outside her house and takes your order for drinks and delicious home-made cakes. Depending on the weather these can be consumed either outside or in a huge marquee. You can also purchase cards, postcards and preserves. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Visited May 2013
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Burton on Trent, Staffordshire
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Truely Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

The Bluebell Woods of Yoxall lodge are one of the most impressive displays of wild flowers i have even seen. This family run business open their own private woods to the public for a short time in the spring when the flowers bloom .... and i can say its blooming worth the visit! There are different walks all of different lengths with the longest being only a couple of miles, beautiful scenery looking over the local hills and farmland. As you enter the woods you are suddenly aware of the beautiful scent of the flowers which lie like a soft blue carpet on the floor around you. Absolutely stunning! Infact, it was breathtaking!
The Featherstone family were very friendly and helpful and we even sampled the homemade cakes which were delicious. I would highly recommend the chocolate cake!
As other reviews say, it is down a small dirty track, but it wasnt unsuitable for cars and there is plenty of parking available. You do have to pay, but i think its well worth the £4 on a sunny day to admire this natural beauty and have a picnic.
Great day out!

Visited May 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Take a picnic and enjoy a slice of rural England”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We are seasoned international travellers yet we keep coming back to this delightful corner of rural Staffordshire. Part of the reason is that it is within a reasonable driving distance from our home but mainly it is because there is a quiet rural charm to be found on these walks which are maintained and run by a family business.

After going with friends on May 19th this year we went again the following weekend (Bank Holiday) this time with close family. The chap collecting at the gate remembered us and charged us a £1 less - nice gesture.

This time, we packed our wicker picnic basket with homemade egg mayonnaise sandwiches, a pasta dish, pork and pickle pies and bottles of wine. Leaving it in the car, we set off on a couple of Yoxall's pretty walks. A horse put his head over the fence in the nearby meadow and we stopped for a chat with him.

As usual, Yoxall offered a range of short walks all laid out in the handy guide. They attract people of all ages and, apart from one or two short uphill sections, are manageable by most.

Take your camera - some of the bluebell-swathed vistas through the woods are delightful. On our way back, we headed off on the short walled garden walk, following the meandering woodland path through dappled glades and over a chattering stream.

Back at the car we took our picnic basket to one of the wooden picnic tables in the large meadow which sits close to a lake, unpacked our feast and enjoyed it as dragonflies skimmed across the water and birdsong drifted down from the nearby trees.

We then made our way to the refreshment garden. This is a Yoxall tradition for us - the garden has little tables and, along with tea and coffee, there is a selection of homemade cakes and scones. We ordered coffee cake and orange drizzle cake from the lady at the desk who, along with her daughter, makes all the cakes. Each season, she informed us, they make some 600 cakes.

Then, reluctantly, we made our way home through the highways and byways of this little part of old England.

Visited May 2013
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Overpriced short walk...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

We visited the woods on their last opening day of 2013 season. The track leading down to the woods car park is a very heavily potted, agricultural single track lane. We were glad we were in a 4x4, and didn't envy some of the smaller cars that had managed to get down there. We also wasn't aware of the cost for entry. Although we obviously expected to pay a fee, we weren't expecting £4 per person, which we found a little steep. When we arrived, shortly after opening, they had also run out of maps - so we had even less for our money's worth... The walks are all relatively short, with the longest being just over 2 miles. You could take a picnic and make a longer day of it. There a porta-loos and a house serving home made cakes and drinks. The bluebells were pretty, however probably past their best. With such lovely scenery and walks available close by in the moorlands and peaks, I probably wouldn't visit again. I imagine it would be quite nice for families with young children who do not want to commit to a longer walk. Worth a visit, but be mindful of the price...

Visited May 2013
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Truly beautiful spot, England at its springtime best!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

We went on a bank holiday Monday and although there were many cars in the car park the area is such that it doesn't feel crowded. Its down a bumpy road on a desolate farm but it kind of adds to its charm. Not a large commercial place, it costs £4 for adults, kids £1, which is enough considering its just a wood, portaloos etc BUT great home made cakes, cream teas, plants for sale, overlooking a lake with swans etc, picnic tables and the bluebellsin the woods are amazing. Differentr length of walks and we even managed to push my young daughter in a heavy wheelchair around some of it. Even my two younger children loved it. Green meadows, flowers everywhere. On a sunny day its England at its best!

Visited May 2013
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