North Cliffe Wood

North Cliffe Wood

Route: North Cliffe Wood 

Area:  East Yorkshire

Date of walk:  24th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: none

Weather: Hazy sunshine, becoming clearer

North Cliffe Wood Nature Reserve is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is well worth a visit at any time of year, but especially so in late April/early May when there are carpets of bluebells throughout the woods

There are a few roadside parking spaces along Sand Lane by the two entrances to the wood and I parked in one of these. On entering the wood I followed the track along its eastern edge. Within a couple of minutes I was greeted by the wonderful sight – and scent – of countless bluebells. The sight was enhanced by occasional patches of stitchwort and primrose, and a host of warblers provided background musical accompaniment

I walked around the perimeter of the wood, as well as a small area of heathland where grass snakes may regularly be seen basking, though I didn’t see any today

I then re-entered the wood, following a path around the edge until I arrived back at the start

The route on the Maps Page is taken from a previous visit. I took a slightly longer route today, but a route map isn’t really needed in this place – it’s best to wander around the waymarked paths as your fancy takes you

There seems to be an increasing issue these days with visitors to bluebells woods leaving the main paths and walking over the plants, perhaps in order to get a better photo.  Once the plants are damaged by trampling they can’t photosynthesise enough energy and it can take them years to recover. Could I please ask anyone following this walk (or indeed any walk through a bluebell wood) to keep to the main paths and avoid contact with the plants. I hasten to add that no bluebells were harmed while taking the photos which follow…

Click here or on the Map Page icon for the route map

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