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Best Spring Garden Walks in the UK

Monday 13 February 2023

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The sun's shining, the plants are blooming, and the wildlife is coming alive. So why not spring into action and banish those winter blues by walking through the best spring gardens this springtime. Whether you're meeting up with friends or family, going on a date, or just fancy a day to yourself; a wildflower walk is excellent for the mind, body, and soul. The blossoming spring bulbs create impressive displays of colour made up of bursts of red tulips, pink magnolias, lilac hyacinths and everyone's favourite yellow trumpet: the daffodil.

This article will help you uncover the most delicate blossoms, the loveliest flowerbeds and the most promising buds that are easy to spot on a spring garden walk. Put a spring in your step and explore the incredible spring gardens across the UK.

Explore a Sprawling Estate at Greenway Gardens, Devon

The Greenway National Trust garden in Devon is renowned for its spring gardens. The River Dart courses through the grounds, where rhododendrons, camellias, and magnolias are busy blossoming into action. The peaceful habitat becomes a riot of colour and there are even free springtime walks which take place until the end of April. When it comes to exploring UK gardens in spring, it doesn't get any better than Greenway Gardens.

Top Tip: While the flowers steal the show on a spring garden walk, they share some of the limelight with the resident herons. A large heronry is nestled on the fringes of the garden, and you can find out all about the wildlife during one of the estate tours.

Getting There: Catch a train to Paignton station, where you can take a 10-15-minute taxi ride to the gardens.


Discover Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa Centre

Jephson Gardens in the spring

For years, Jephson Gardens have welcomed locals and visitors who want to enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of a spring garden in Leamington Spa. Visit the Spa town on your next day trip to roam the magical gardens. Explore floral displays, ornate gardens and stunning architecture that pops out of the greenery. The café in the gardens serves a delicious afternoon tea, and there are around 20 acres of land to explore if you include the nearby grassy Mill Gardens and its boating lake.

Top Tip: If the weather isn't quite as great as you were expecting, you can visit the subtropical glasshouse, with plenty of exciting plants to discover!   

Getting There: Jephson Gardens are less than 15 minutes walk from the Leamington Spa station.


Explore the garden and estate at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire

Crathes Castle in the Summertime from the view of the flower gardens

Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Crathes Castle is a quintessential Scottish tower house that offers an excellent opportunity for a family day out. The garden is divided into eight areas, each showcasing a variety of greenery to delight visitors, including statues, herbaceous hues, and striking flowers. For nature lovers, the garden offers several marked trails along the Coy Burn to spot an array of wildlife, such as buzzards, herons, and kingfishers.

Top Tip: For younger visitors, if they'd like to let off some steam, the Wild Wood Adventure Play is perfect

Getting There: Jump on a train to Aberdeen station, where you can use on of the buses that will take you direct to Crathes Castle

Go Wild at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford

If you're keen to get your little ones out and about this springtime, jump on a train to Guildford and head to Dapdune Wharf. This National Trust property might be small, but it sure is mighty! Explore the wild space and admire the greenery on display at this time of year. With lots of paths to discover and plenty of children's activities, you'll be able to keep the kids entertained all day long!

Top Tip: You can also explore along the length of the River Wey, with many different trails available for little or long legs. There's even a Boat Trip so you can see what's springing up around the banks of the river.

Getting There: Get a train to Guildford station, and then it's a quick 11-minute walk.

Explore the Great Outdoors at Brockenhurst in the New Forest

Brockhurst spring meadow with the view overlooking the boats

Brockenhurst New Forest radiates a charm that is made all the more irresistible in the months of spring. You can hike or cycle the terrain strewn with budding wildflowers. Why not take a break in a cosy pub such as The Huntsman of Brockenhurst or the Foresters Arms, where 360-degree views can be enjoyed along with a side serving of local hospitality? Look out for ponies, birds, donkeys and deer while on your exploration of this area of natural beauty. 

Top Tip: Beauty spot Whitefield Moor is located close to Rhinefield Road. Pack a blanket, make some fresh sandwiches, and head to this idyllic place for a postcard-perfect picnic in the spring sun!

Getting There: Get a train to Brockenhurst station, then get a bus from the station to Foxhills and walk the final 10 minutes to the park.


If you’re planning a trip to one of the best spring garden walks in the UK, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or our Train Tickets app. You can also find information on how to get cheaper train tickets via our special offers page. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

The UK is bursting with fun activities. Whether you’re visiting one of the best historical places in the UK, the best forests in the UK, or the best cinemas in the UK, you can always travel by train. CrossCountry

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