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How To Get The Most Out Of Our Woodland Walks

Estate - 12.04.21

Our woodland walks with bluebells are returning after a year break, and we are so excited to welcome the public back to Combermere Abbey.

These walks are one of the events, alongside tours, where the estate is open to more than just self-catering and B&B guests. We’re inviting locals from South Cheshire and North Shropshire to enjoy a stroll through the magical Combermere Abbey woodlands and perhaps even spot some bluebells as we navigate through the springtime.

Our woodland walks with bluebells return from 14th April and will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday until 23rd May. This is completely new for this year, as every other year the Bluebell Walk has been a one-day annual event. This year we’re also introducing online ticketing via the website, where we will be offering a limited number of tickets per walk to ensure plenty of space and privacy. Tickets for April are now open, with May opening up beginning on Sunday 25th April.

If you’re already booked in, or are thinking about coming along, we’ve put together some of our top tips for spotting bluebells and having a great time at your woodland walk at Combermere Abbey.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Combermere Abbey Woodland Walk

Bring your doggie

Our walks are dog-friendly, and we love seeing your furry friends enjoying the estate. Dogs are welcomed at absolutely no extra charge, so bringing them along is a great way to get the most out of your woodland walk at Combermere. Spring is a time when nesting birds are very busy, and our cattle may be in the fields. Visitors must observe the Countryside Code, always keeping dogs on leads during their walk and using our poo bins at the end of the walk. The walk also proposes a great opportunity for snapping some photos of your four-legged friends, and please do send them to us on social media by tagging us if you do take them on our woodland walk with bluebells.

Book a time that suits you

We are offering morning and afternoon slots for walkers, so be sure to pick a time that suits you best. Are you an early bird, or do you enjoy light afternoon strolls? Our walks take around an hour to complete so be sure to pick a slot that best suits your schedule to truly get the most out of your woodland walk. You can check times and availability on our website, and we’ll also be posting frequent updates on our social media channels too.

Don’t forget sensible footwear

The walk is through woodlands, so make sure you wear sensible footwear that will support your feet and ankles. We recommend sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting a little bit scruffy. Please remember that the walk is also NOT wheelchair or buggy friendly. Our woodland walk with bluebells is all about kicking back with nature, so make sure you’re geared up to do so.

Get Insta-ready

For those who are into it, our woodland walk is super ‘instagrammable’ and there are so many photo opportunities against the stunning natural backdrops that our photos have to offer. From shots amongst the bluebells and blossoms, to posing by ancient trees, if you’re looking to snap up a few photos of the scenery (or yourself) then our woodland walk is the right place. This year, we’re actively encouraging our guests to bring along their cameras, and to take and share photos from their walks. We’ll be running competitions for the best photo – so don’t be camera shy. Make sure we see your photos by tagging in @combermere_abbey on Instagram, checking in to the estate online and using the hashtag #CombermereAbbey.

Be prepared for all weather

We never know what weather Great Britain will bring us, so be prepared for all. Rain or shine, the woodland walk with bluebells is enjoyable in all weather – just make sure you’re prepared. Raincoats and boots for drizzly weather, and SPF, hats and sunglasses for sunnier days. As we’re running the woodland walks with bluebells across a number of days and weeks, we’re expecting some changes.

Grab a bite to eat too

Refreshments and toilets will be available at Park View Café on the Park View Business Park which is just 200 yards along the main road from the estate. You can find a selection of hot drinks and sandwiches to be enjoyed either as take out or on their terrace before or after your walk.

Let the kids join in on the fun

Combermere Abbey is as fun for kids as it is for grown-ups, we love seeing your little ones run around exploring the woodlands. From spotting wildlife to den building, we encourage families to get back to nature and fall in love with the great outdoors. Our woodland walks with bluebells are the perfect excuse to step away from the screens and enjoy a true retreat into the wild. If you fancy extending your visit to Combermere Abbey, our self-catering cottages are open from 12th April to enjoy a short break in the countryside.

Follow our walker’s charter

  • Always keep dogs on leads and use dog poo bins provided at end of walk.
  • Do not leave any rubbish – use bins provided at end of walk.
  • Young children should not be left alone.
  • Wear outdoor walking gear.
  • Look out for nesting birds, and please do not disturb
  • Respect other walkers and keep your distance.
  • Take photos and enter our competition.
  • Enjoy yourself!

Book in early

Book now to avoid disappointment, slots open up 2 weeks prior to each walk and tickets are limited, so don’t miss out. You can book online via our website now, and if you have any queries you can email estate@combermereabbey.co.uk, we simply can’t wait to see you!

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