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The glorious Bluebell walk to a family canalside cafe with play area

There is a remote little woodland near Birmingham that is full of bluebells every spring. Austy Wood in glorious Wootton Wawen is awash in vibrant purple colours, making it well worth a stroll.

There’s nothing better than the feeling of exploring a forest floor covered in bluebells, with the bees buzzing on the wind and the sun tickling your face. In addition, this beautiful bluebell walk leads to a family café right on the canal, with its own play area for children.




Bluebells usually bloom in April and May, depending on the weather. Be careful not to trample them and remember that it is illegal to pick bluebells or dig up wild bulbs under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Read more: 24 beautiful bluebells to explore around Birmingham in spring

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Follow the loop path around Austy Wood and you’ll wander through fields, woodlands, along the canal and over a viaduct. The route is just under 3 miles long, making it family-friendly for children, especially as there is so much to see along the way.

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There is limited parking on Pettiford Lane, or you can combine your walk with lunch, a pint or coffee at the Navigation Inn. This country pub is renowned for its Sunday roasts, home cooked food and real ales. It has an extensive beer garden right next to the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, plus a children’s play area.