The evenings are getting lighter and it’s starting to get (slightly) warmer. And one of our favourite things about this time of year is getting out and about to see the spring flowers start to peek through the soil. In some places the daffodils and snowdrops are already out, and we’ve put together this quick guide to let you know some of the best places to see them.

Wistow

Home in the summer to Wistow Maze, there’s lots to explore around Wistow. Take a tramp over the fields past St Wistan’s Church and see the spring flowers before picking up the trail of the Grand Union Canal and finish with coffee (or an ice cream if it’s warm enough) at the Wistow Rural Centre.

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle has just reopened its gardens for their spring snowdrop walks. Book now to explore the extensive castle grounds, more than 16,000 acres worth, with spring flowers of all kinds just waiting to be discovered. It’s truly a magical place, and once you’re thoroughly worn out with all that walking, you should reward yourself with a stop at the Engine Yard for a taste of Leicestershire.

Loughborough Outwoods

It looks like something out of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but Loughborough Outwoods is the perfect place to explore. 110 acres of ancient woodland and a site of Special Scientific Interest make this the ideal place to see flowers blooming in an unspoilt landscape.

Botanic Gardens

Slightly more ordered than the Outwoods, but the Botanic Gardens are no less beautiful for it. Take a wander and see the crocuses start to appear. They are holding Crocus Sundays on 27 February and 6 March with an opportunity to see the spring flowers come through plus refreshments available.

Castle Hill Country Park

With its bluebell wood, old hedgerows and apple orchard, Castle Hill Country Park is the perfect place to see Spring come into bloom. It was recently featured in the BBC Digging For Britain programme after remains of a Knights Hospitaller building were uncovered, but the 100 acres of wood and grassland are now home to all kinds of wildlife.

Swithland Woods

One of the most ancient woodlands in the county and part of the National Forest, Swithland is where a young David Attenborough first gained a love of the natural world. With a landscape which goes back half a billion years, it’s also where the famous Swithland slate was quarried, stone that you can see in many of the local villages. Right next to the wood is one of the finest traditional wildflower meadows in Leicestershire, so don’t miss the blooms appearing.

Fosse Meadows Country Park

Out towards Hinckley, Fosse Meadows is the perfect place to take your furry friends for a walk. With miles of wide paths running through young woodlands, a bird hide and loads of great spring blooms, there are also wide open spaces to run and explore. Just make sure that you’re prepared for muddy paws!

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