This will be a very short article about the bluebells in Hillhouse Woods – I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
I visited for the first time on a Tuesday towards the end of April. I thought it would be quiet during the week – but there were lots of cars parked outside Old St. Mary’s Church which is the nearest parking space to the woods which are in West Bergholt near Colchester. One of the friends I was with said that it had been even busier on the Sunday before. Hillhouse Woods is definitely the place to go in North Essex if you want to see bluebells. However, although there were lots of cars, the woods are big enough for you to easily loose sight of all the other visitors, and feel that you are a bit of an explorer, discovering the woods for yourself.
I had never been to the woods before and the bluebells really are beautiful. We caught them at their most perfect – I think a week later and they would have been just past their best.
There are lots of paths to follow through the woods, and at every turn there are woodland views and views across the Colne Valley.
I’d recommend a trip, it’s Essex at it’s most beautiful Hillhouse Woods is cared for by the Woodland Trust