I love bluebell season. The distinctive flowers are only in bloom for a month or so a year during late April and May, with the bluey-purple carpets such a breathtaking sight.
Every year we take a trip to Coed y Wenallt – or the Wenallt as it’s generally called locally – at the top of Thornhill Road, the big hill on the way to Caerphilly Mountain. We’re planning on visiting over the bank holiday weekend as a family – but having seen some beautiful photos on social media recently I couldn’t wait that long and so this morning headed up with my youngest while his big brother and sister were at school. The bluebells are looking gorgeous and there’s plenty to see, although give it a few days and they’ll be incredible.
We spent a good two hours there, walking around the woodland, climbing on fallen trees, squelching through mud and little streams, mini beast hunting, and of course admiring the beautiful bluebells.
To get there by car, drive to the top of Thornhill Road, the big hill on the way to Caerphilly Mountain. When you get to the top of the hill, opposite The Traveller’s Rest pub, you’ll see an immediate small left turn onto a country lane. Take the turning and head down the lane for about a mile.
We generally head for the second car park, which is is the perfect place from which to explore the woods. You can also get to the 44-hectare woods via Rhiwbina Hill.
Both car parks are free. There are picnic tables dotted but no toilet facilities – so do come prepared if you have unpredictable youngsters!
There are plenty of bluebells next to the car park so you could definitely take a buggy if you just wanted to see the flowers. However if you want to explore any further then use a carrier or sling as the pathways are at times hilly and rocky plus there are little streams to cross too.
The map at the entrance shows different walking routes around the woods. It’s pretty easy to navigate around yourself though.
If it’s a clear day, then take the time to cross the road from the car park entrance for some stunning views across the whole of Cardiff.
The patches of bluebells that greet you from the car park are great for photos.
If you have the time though, also follow the path to the left and you’ll come across a wonderful hollow tree which you can stand inside. I take photos of my children in it every year. There are also several dens built from sticks along the way, plus fallen trees to climb on.
It was quite muddy in places when we visited today so wellies and waterproofs are a good idea!
The bluebells will only be out for a few weeks, so get visiting soon.
And please, please look after the flowers – don’t stand on them or pick them.
The Wenallt is such a well-loved beauty spot for many people in and around Cardiff and Caerphilly. Please keep it that way.