Grandad Graham took the girls and I on a bluebell hunt yesterday morning. We went to Gobions Wood in Brookmans Park (in between Potters Bar and Hatfield) which is apparently the best place near us to see a woodland floor carpeted with spring bluebells. It’s about half an hour’s drive away and we were on a tight schedule to get Seren to nursery afterwards but we had about 90 minutes there to explore the woodland and find the bluebells.
Imogen happily spent quite a lot of time out of the buggy (in all-in-one waterproofs for the inevitable falls!) and there was a lot of mud squelching, log climbing, stick finding, making friends with dogs and finding flowers.
Gobions Wood (or Goblin’s Wood as my both my mind and autocorrect wants to call it) is a nature reserve which is primarily ancient woodland but also has grassland and wetland areas too. It was once part of a landscaped 18th century ‘pleasure gardens’ that fell into ruin in the 19th century but you can still spot remnants of that today. The woodland is known for its bluebells and anemones in spring and diverse fungi in autumn, over 558 fungi species have been found including many rare ones.
There’s a Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust leaflet online that shows a bluebell walk in the woods, it’s a mile long walk with no steps or bridges. We didn’t need a map, having Grandad to follow! The path we took was muddy but fine for our buggy too.
I can’t say the girls appreciated the bluebells in the same way I did, they weren’t overly enthused about having their photos taken at first, especially not Imogen who was full of her usual ‘NO, NO, NO’s. They were quite happy to climb on the nearby logs and Imogen attempted to sing ‘I’m the King of the castle’, copying her sister and I managed to get some photos.
The photos of the bluebells do not do them justice, they were truly a spectacular site of blue petals as far as the eye could see with the sunshine peaking through the trees.
The girls had ate their sandwiches and we headed back to the car, regrettably without any chocolate or biscuits for bribery but Seren did a brilliant job in walking most of the way. There’s a playground next to the car park too, we didn’t have time for that on this visit though. The bluebells will be good for another couple of weeks I think if you fancied a visit to see them too.
The official address for Gobions Wood is Mymms Drive, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, AL9 7AF though we used the car park at the end of Jonas Way (it’s on the map on the leaflet). There’s no cafe or toilets there, so prepare accordingly!