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After a long winter filled with cold and snow there are few things more comforting than the sight of little spring flowers beginning to pop their heads out into the warm spring sunshine. Over the past few weeks the delicate white of the first harbingers of spring, the snowdrops, have been appearing across the country, and soon enough the snowdrops will give way to the more elaborate of the spring flowers, sunshiney daffodils, elegant tulips, multicoloured primroses, and headily scented hyacinths.
If you are starting to feel as though the cold of winter will never end, spend the next sunny day basking in the beauty of a spring flower show, a sight that is sure to pull you out of the winter doldrums. Warm sun, pretty flowers, fresh air, and a little exercise are just what the doctor orders for a case of the winter blues!
Throughout the month of February the grounds of Welford Park, a country house estate in the county of Berkshire, are all but carpeted in delicate snowdrops, a display which has become world famous over the past fifty years. Though Welford Park is not open to the public all year, it is for the snowdrop display. This year you can visit the grounds until 3rd March from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10am and 4pm. The entry fee for adults is £5 (£4 concession), and children under 12 are free.
From the middle of February the city of Shrewsbury begins to bloom. From February to mid-April you could return to Shrewsbury again and again to see a new palate of spring blooms colouring the streets of this picturesque city. Follow the spring flower trail through the town centre that has been laid out by the local tourist authority to see the best of the flowers, both on and off the beaten track, beginning at the railway station and ending at the Quarry, the city’s 29-acre parkland. Spots not to miss : St Alkmund’s Square, Shrewsbury Castle, and the Quarry.
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For those looking for something a bit more wild and natural, consider heading out on either a long or short jaunt on the South Coast Path. The South Coast Path, which runs for 630 miles through the counties of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, is the longest waymarked long-distance footpath in England and offers visitors the opportunity to meander through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk the whole 630 miles, there are short marked walks along the course of the path, including a number which offer magnificent flower viewing opportunities. Pick a spring flower walking route here and enjoy!
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