Just outside Ambleside are two beautiful woods that are well worth visiting in bluebell season. This is usually mid-May, but varies every year from early May through to the first week in June, depending on the weather that year. The first is Jeffy Knotts Wood, which begins right by the roadside and there’s a gentle woodland track to stroll up. There’s a reasonable sized area that’s absolutely carpeted with bluebells, although it unfortunately doesn’t get the late-evening light. The second place I’d recommend is Fishgarths Wood, which is much larger but a steeper walk. There’s a lovely winding path through it and some interesting moss-covered old stone walls. At the top of the footpath there’s also a great view over Lake Windermere, and if you’re feeling energetic you can continue up the path onto Loughrigg Fell. Please don’t forget that bluebells are protected, so please be careful where you stand and stay on the paths.