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Bluebells and Cream Teas at Yoxall Lodge

Surely one of the greatest spectacles of the English countryside is the sight and scent of a bluebell wood in full bloom. When that wood has a heritage dating back to the ancient Needwood Forest with oaks that may well have seen wolves and wild boar beneath their branches, the experience can be as humbling as it is magical.
With some 100 acres of native woodland and pasture on a family run, working farm, the walks offer a variety of habitats that support a wealth of flora and fauna. In addition to the carpets of bluebells that flourish in their undisturbed environment, there are other spring favourites including primrose, violets, wood sorrel and kingcup.
Along with our ancient oaks, there are beech, hornbeam, ash, sycamore and hawthorn as well as hazel that bears the evidence of coppicing from centuries past.
Pause at our picnic viewpoint and soak up the breath-taking vista as a buzzard soars overhead or immerse yourself beneath the newly opened tree canopy and listen to the birdsong.
2 1/2 mile walk that incorporates the rolling parkland and lake, as well as the woodland paths.
Afterwards refreshments in the café and for those who wish to look around there are a selection of home-made preserves, plants, etc. Make your choices and then take them to the serving hatch for payment.
Entrance: £4.00 pay on arrival - guides will tell you where to park.
Please be careful on the approach to Yoxall Lodge as some of the roads are very narrow.
Please Note: In case of severe weather, the Woods will close to the public. If this is the case, the event will be re-scheduled.
Please telephone before your visit if in doubt.

http://www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk/



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  • A former member
    A former member

    I can honestly say that I had a really lovely day. The scenery was lovely, great to get some fresh air, the cake was delicious, met some really lovely, friendly, genuine, interesting and fun people....thanks for a great time and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    2 · May 12, 2014

  • Linda

    Lovely walk with a great group of people. A big thank you to Luke for the tea :)

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Hi Linda quiz at bowling green starts at. 9pm line dancing around 6.30 see you then

      1 · May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Linda for that kind mention and you're welcome :-)

      May 12, 2014

  • Tina

    Beautiful location - really lovey to see too x we still had fun even in the rain x good couple of hours x

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Great meetup lovely walk good company as always just need to dry off now :-) hope to see you all again soon

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Patricia

    I'm crying off on this one today. Much too wet for me I'm afraid. Hope to meet soon though.

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Please remember to also update your rsvp

      May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      I've done this, on this occasion.

      May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great Meetup again great company the rain was just a minor distraction x

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Hi Dianne think I've sent you a friends request on Facebook or some random stranger has just received one lol the quiz at bowling green starts at 9pm so could maybe do both hope to see you Wednesday

      May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning and looking forward to the next walk.

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Next year I will put it on earlier so we have some flexibility regarding the weather.

      May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Thank you to those who braved the rain (particularly at the end!) It's the first time I've eaten carrot cake in the rain! :-)

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are running late today, so not able to fit this in. Sorry. Keith & Helen

    May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Right off to drop off a monkey, and I will be at the wood entrance 11.30 am. Now I'm only available by mobile txt please.

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi sorry I won't be able to make it. I have sciatica and it's flared up. Hopefully meet you all soon

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Thanks for updating

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh Jo, I do empathise and so sorry to hear that you are suffering. I do hope that you are better soon and look forward to meeting you at future events. Take care .

      May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Don't forget your £4 entrance fee, camera, tea, coat, willies, boots, shades :-) lol

    May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      lol

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lmao , I was getting a little worried ;-) lol

      2 · May 11, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Hi can anyone who is not going please change the RSVP so Margret can keep check of numbers thanks jo noticed you have already hope to see you next time and hope you feel better soon

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Rachel A.

    It is 11.30 meet ??

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Margaret i m sorry but something come up will soeak to you when i see you

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    All paths are natural and unsurfaced so please wear appropriate footwear.

    We regret that, due to the nature of our walks, they are not suitable for wheelchair access.

    Guide dogs only.

    In the event of severe wet weather we may have to close the walks. Please telephone before your visit if in doubt.

    May 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear you can't make it Niel and hope all is well and look forward to meeting you at future events.

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Tina and look forward to meeting you and the gang shortly :-)

      May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    As yet they haven't updated their blog so I've left a msg on Facebook for them to confirm that they are open today. If needs be, I will phone but the woods open to the public at 10.30 - it will be tight. I can't see why they wouldn't be open - it isn't raining - yet! :-)

    May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Margaret for sorting it all out for us and keeping us updated :-)

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Margaret for sorting it all out for us and keeping us updated :-)

      1 · May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks, I'm bringing a 1 litre flask of tea with me should anyone be without a flask and dying for a cuppa as I know what it's like if you're a tea addict like me. I'm bringing milk also but fear it's semi skimmed but if you like to bring milk of your choice please feel free to do so. I also have five spare cups :-)

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Now that is what I call organisation! :-)

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hee-hee, I have my moments of inspiration from time to time and was just fortunate to have these things at my disposal and what's more, it's the first time I've got to use this flask and I'm sure there's enough to go round. It's good old Tetley :-)

      1 · May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Please note: only guide dogs are allowed in the woods.

    May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Sunday 11th May 2014 (Blue Bell Blog)

    We are open today but it is a little damp underfoot after the overnight rain so wellies/boots advised The bluebells are just starting to go over on the Green Walk but are still lovely on all the other walks. And don't forget the homemade cakes, also still in full bloom! This year, regrettably, we will not be serving hot drinks. However, there will be slices of our delicious homemade cakes to purchase to takeaway and enjoy, cold drinks and ice creams. Bring a flask and picnic at our lovely picnic tables by the lake and round it off with homemade cake and ice cream!

    Please note photographic tripods are not permitted in the woods. Thank you for your cooperation

    WHOA - SEE YOU ALL THERE! :-)

    May 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Don't forget your hot drink (if you need one) and your camera :-)

      May 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Saturday 10th May 2014

    We are open today but it is a little damp underfoot after the overnight rain. The bluebells are just starting to go over on the Green Walk but are still in full bloom on all the other walks. And don't forget the homemade cakes, also still in full bloom! This year, regrettably, we will not be serving hot drinks. However, there will be slices of our delicious homemade cakes to purchase to takeaway and enjoy, cold drinks and ice creams. Bring a flask and picnic at our lovely picnic tables by the lake and round it off with homemade cake and ice cream!

    Please note photographic tripods are not permitted in the woods. Thank you for your cooperation

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks, I know it's rather daunting having a guy who's a total stranger offering a lift and I promise I'm not an axe murderer or anything but I would be willing to transport anyone in or around the Walsall/Great Barr area as I'm going to the event and thought I'd offer if anyone wanted to go but was stuck for transport. Here's hoping the rain stays off and a good excuse to get my new flask out.......darn I've got to get out more!! Lol. Look forward to meeting you all.

    5 · May 8, 2014

    • Margaret

      As you are coming some distance, don't forget to check your emails or the wood's blog at 8.30 am. :-)

      May 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Than you Margaret and will do. Here's hoping I get to meet you all and get some good snaps of the Bluebells.

      2 · May 10, 2014

  • Margaret

    Email sent to everyone who have RSVP'd YES to this event. It is up to you to read it. :-)

    May 10, 2014

  • Margaret

    THE LATEST as of FRIDAY.
    Can't say as yet. Unfortunately there is rain forecast over the next 48 hours. If you check the 'bluebell blog' on the website www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk we update each morning around 8 am stating whether we are open or not. Fingers crossed!!

    May 10, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Have been offers a lift so I'm back on thank you Mandy

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Margaret

    Today's Bluebell blog - Thursday 8th May

    We have now closed for the day due to the prolonged rain

    The bluebells are just starting to go over on the Green Walk but are still in full bloom on all the other walks. This year, regrettably, we will not be serving hot drinks. However, there will be slices of our delicious homemade cakes to purchase to takeaway and enjoy, cold drinks and ice creams. Bring a flask and picnic at our lovely picnic tables by the lake and round it off with homemade cake and ice cream!

    Please note photographic tripods are not permitted in the woods. Thank you for your cooperation

    May 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All

    Really looking forward to the walk. The bluebells will be lovely by now. Where is everyone meeting?

    May 8, 2014

    • Margaret

      Park your car and walk to the entrance of the walks. We will meet there. Email to follow. I'm keeping my eye on the weather. It is forecast a heavy showers day.

      May 8, 2014

  • Helen E.

    Sorry it is looking unlikely that I will make this one. So I am going to rsvp a no. If it turns out I can make it I will find you. There are enough of you and some I know and have met before.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Looked at trains to tamworth and first train wouldn't get me there till 10.41 :-(

      May 8, 2014

    • Esther R.

      Will look see what times are

      May 8, 2014

  • Esther R.

    Hi Margaret sorry going to have to pull out unless I can get a lift from lichfield maybe next time but the place does look lovely :-)

    May 8, 2014

  • Isobel

    Apologies Margaret, something has come up, tell you when I see you

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Margaret

    Please Note: This is easy walking on fairly good pathways, but can the men take note - no high heels! You laugh, but someone turned up at the Arboretum (on my recent visit) with a lovely pair of ankle boots on with killer heels! Errr... it was difficult for her when she walked across the grass! Sometimes people don't make a connection with footwear and the activity. :-)

    April 13, 2014

  • Margaret

    The owners of Yoxall Wood are preparing for the opening of the season; all's looking good - can't wait :-)

    April 13, 2014

  • Chris G.

    I have been here before, it is a stunning sight when all the bluebells are out

    1 · December 28, 2013

    • Margaret

      Yes it is Chris. I've also been before and it is a very relaxing walk so I'm going to do it again. Hope you can join us!

      December 28, 2013

  • Margaret­ changed the date and time from Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM to Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    December 23, 2013

  • Margaret­ changed the date and time from Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 11:00 AM to Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    December 23, 2013

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