Snowdrop walks in Buckinghamshire 2024
Its snowdrop time and February is the month Galanthus nivalis as the most common variety is officially known. So, get on your walking shoes, wrap up warm and treat yourself to the wonderful site of sweeps of snowdrops covering the parklands, woodland, churchyards, and gardens of Buckinghamshire. Snowdrop time also occurs over half term so make it a day out. To get you started here are a few of our favourite places to see snowdrops. Do check out via websites opening times, parking, and of course, do they serve tea and cake!
Basildon Park near Goring-on-Thames. RG8 9NR Open 10-4 pm. Basildon Park on the Berks border has many walks through its 400-acre parkland and gardens. This includes the green walk through the woodland or the longer three-mile orange route around the estate’s boundary and the opportunity to see the snowdrops. Tea room & kiosk https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park/features/winter-at-basildon-park
Braziers Park near Wallingford. 0X10 6AN. Snowdrop Family Days. Open days for snowdrops in the park 17th & 18 February 10-4. Teas are available. Free maps and guided tours of the house. Booking advisable: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/galanthus-snowdrops-family-days-tickets-80136565524
Cliveden near Taplow, SL1 8NS – the woodland area is full of snowdrops and great walks. One of the National Trust’s top spots for this springtime flower. Leaflet available from the Information Centre in the walled garden car park. Plenty for children to do.
Evenley near Bicester. NN13 5SH. Open 10-4. This private 60-acre woodland is on the Oxon/Northants border. You will find the woodland carpeted with over 80 varieties of snowdrops, including the Evenley Double, a special snowdrop that was developed and propagated on site. https://www.evenleywoodgardens.co.uk
Great Brickhill Manor MK17 9BE. Snowdrop walks. Great Brickhill Manor opens its wrought iron gates on only two days every year to allow a glimpse into this secluded site. Hidden behind imposing brick walls fortified by castle-like battlements and towers, the estate is home to millions of these delightful little plants. The walks will take place Sunday 4th February and the following Sunday the 11th February https://www.greensandcountry.com/event/snowdrop-walk-at-great-brickhill-manor/
Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe.HP14 4LA National Trust. 680 acres of woodland and gardens. Courtyard café 10-4. Stunning display of spring flowers and snowdrops. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/oxfordshre-buckinghamshire-berkshire/hughenden
Little Missenden – Hollydyke House Gardens, HP7 0RD Sunday 19th February 2023, will be opening from 11am until 4pm for the NGS Directions: Off A413 between Great Missenden & Amersham. Parking: field adjacent to house, weather permitting. Hollydyke House garden extends to three acres. In February, visitors can admire thousands of snowdrops, as well as hellebores, and crocus. In wintertime, there is structure from trees, colourful barks, seed heads, and grasses. More snowdrops surrounding C10 Saxon Church, St John The Baptist. There will be a plant sale at this opening. For more information, please click here.
Stowe Landscape Gardens.MK18 5EQ “Stowedrop” walks at this time of year are part of a brilliant day on this National Trust estate. Walk through the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Woods and Lamport Garden to see the best of them. Start your walk early and get breakfast baps at the New Inn. Café.https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/oxfordshre-buckinghamshire-berkshire/stowe
Swyncombe Estate and St Botolph’s Church, near Watlington, S Oxon RG9 6EA. A circular walk from the tiny hamlet of Swyncombe in Oxfordshire. The walk begins at the pretty 11th-century church of St Botolph’s, a beautiful flint church that is famed for the chu
rchyard’s carpet of snowdrops every February. If you do visit in February, arrive early to make sure you can park and check out the church website for details Open February weekends. Teas served 2-4 pm. https://www.st-botolphs-swyncombe.info
Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury.HP18 0JH At this time of year, Daffodil Hill is full of snowdrops creating an amazing display. If you follow the Baron’s Walk there are also pockets of hidden snowdrops to discover. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blog/snowdrops-did-you-know
Waterperry Gardens, Oxon OX33 1LA. 1-29th February. Open 10-5pm. It’s snowdrops in abundance over at Waterperry Gardens, a half hour drive east of central Oxford, with over 60 varieties of the snowdrop springing up across the site’s eight acres. (Adults £8.50, children aged 16 and under free). https://www.waterperrygardens.co.uk/events/snowdrop-season
West Wycombe Park West Wycombe Park HP14–Sunday 18 February – open gardens West Wycombe Park Open gardens event at West Wycombe Park with tea, coffee and homemade cakes served in the Village Hall afterwards. Snowdrop Sunday in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association Chiltern branch. Eventbright for tickets