Bluebell season is early – and timed perfectly for an Easter stroll. The bluebells and wildflowers are at their absolute finest at the moment, brought suddenly to flower by a bit of sunshine. Tthere are carpets of wood anemonies, cherry blossom and even the last of the daffodils around Stansted. It’s perfect walking weather, with trees just starting to come into leaf and lots of light through the branches, with birds in full song.
The bluebell woods are a sign of ancient woodland – so respect the forest, stick to the footpaths and under no circumstances pick any wild flowers. A nice walk to do is Ladies Walk. From the top of the drive by the Tea Rooms car park, cross the sandy footpath in front of the house to the road. Take a left and then turn right into the woods taking the footpath through the Highland Cattle field (they are friendly) as opposed to the Bridlepath. It takes you through the woods along a grassy avenue. You can take a left up the hill and then another left along the next ride to return to the road on a parallel route.
Stansted Park has 36 miles of footpaths and now is one of the best times of the year to enjoy them. Then you can come for pizza at the farm shop after your walk.