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Arley woodland to reveal its spring wonder

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A hidden corner of Arley will open next month so that visitors can enjoy one of the wonders of the season.

In April and May bluebells carpet the Big Wood – an area usually left undisturbed so that nature can thrive on the Arley estate.

However, spring’s arrival is unmissable and visitors can now book a guided walk that will also give further insight into life at Arley Hall & Gardens.

“It’s such a beautiful sight that we always feel it is important to share it with the public,” said Jane Foster, who will be leading some of the walks.

“These areas are not normally disturbed so are particularly rich in wildlife and are also some of the most picturesque spots on the estate.”

This year, as well as focussing on bluebells, the walks will take in parts of the Arley estate.

They will last approximately 1¾ hours following footpaths through woods and fields.

Walkers can expect to be serenaded by the musicality of songbirds as they progress along the route, which passes the lake.

Guides will share their knowledge of the agricultural estate and the walks will return through The Grove, a beautiful woodland garden full of more than 80 species of shrubs and trees – many of which will be in flower.

“It will be a lovely way to enjoy spring, which is obviously one of the most beautiful times of the year here,” added Jane.

Booking is essential. Unfortunately the walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

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