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“Take a picnic and enjoy a slice of rural England”
Review of Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods - CLOSED

Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We are seasoned international travellers yet we keep coming back to this delightful corner of rural Staffordshire. Part of the reason is that it is within a reasonable driving distance from our home but mainly it is because there is a quiet rural charm to be found on these walks which are maintained and run by a family business.

After going with friends on May 19th this year we went again the following weekend (Bank Holiday) this time with close family. The chap collecting at the gate remembered us and charged us a £1 less - nice gesture.

This time, we packed our wicker picnic basket with homemade egg mayonnaise sandwiches, a pasta dish, pork and pickle pies and bottles of wine. Leaving it in the car, we set off on a couple of Yoxall's pretty walks. A horse put his head over the fence in the nearby meadow and we stopped for a chat with him.

As usual, Yoxall offered a range of short walks all laid out in the handy guide. They attract people of all ages and, apart from one or two short uphill sections, are manageable by most.

Take your camera - some of the bluebell-swathed vistas through the woods are delightful. On our way back, we headed off on the short walled garden walk, following the meandering woodland path through dappled glades and over a chattering stream.

Back at the car we took our picnic basket to one of the wooden picnic tables in the large meadow which sits close to a lake, unpacked our feast and enjoyed it as dragonflies skimmed across the water and birdsong drifted down from the nearby trees.

We then made our way to the refreshment garden. This is a Yoxall tradition for us - the garden has little tables and, along with tea and coffee, there is a selection of homemade cakes and scones. We ordered coffee cake and orange drizzle cake from the lady at the desk who, along with her daughter, makes all the cakes. Each season, she informed us, they make some 600 cakes.

Then, reluctantly, we made our way home through the highways and byways of this little part of old England.

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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We visited the woods on their last opening day of 2013 season. The track leading down to the woods car park is a very heavily potted, agricultural single track lane. We were glad we were in a 4x4, and didn't envy some of the smaller cars that had managed to get down there. We also wasn't aware of the cost for entry. Although we obviously expected to pay a fee, we weren't expecting £4 per person, which we found a little steep. When we arrived, shortly after opening, they had also run out of maps - so we had even less for our money's worth... The walks are all relatively short, with the longest being just over 2 miles. You could take a picnic and make a longer day of it. There a porta-loos and a house serving home made cakes and drinks. The bluebells were pretty, however probably past their best. With such lovely scenery and walks available close by in the moorlands and peaks, I probably wouldn't visit again. I imagine it would be quite nice for families with young children who do not want to commit to a longer walk. Worth a visit, but be mindful of the price...

1  Thank CWH_hols
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We went on a bank holiday Monday and although there were many cars in the car park the area is such that it doesn't feel crowded. Its down a bumpy road on a desolate farm but it kind of adds to its charm. Not a large commercial place, it costs £4 for adults, kids £1, which is enough considering its just a wood, portaloos etc BUT great home made cakes, cream teas, plants for sale, overlooking a lake with swans etc, picnic tables and the bluebellsin the woods are amazing. Differentr length of walks and we even managed to push my young daughter in a heavy wheelchair around some of it. Even my two younger children loved it. Green meadows, flowers everywhere. On a sunny day its England at its best!

1  Thank lichfieldjane
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We happened on the AA signs for the Bluebell Woods by chance as we were in the area. My only criticism would be that the charges are not displayed as you turn off the road and onto the track. However, this is a family run working farm and we thought that: bearing in mind the short season of the bluebells, the short number of 'good' days our British weather doles out and the obvious care given to maintaining the bluebells in the ancient woodland setting, the charges were reasonable. Well done to the Featherstone family! The bluebells were absolutely stunning and the range of walks were extremely well marked. We would certainly bring friends and family another time though this time we just enjoyed a lovely stroll together, awed by the beauty of the ancient trees, wild flowers and birdsong. We felt honoured to be able to be a part of this for a short time.

2  Thank Velvet_and_FP
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We went their at the beginning of May 2013 and most of the bluebells were in flower and a magnificent site they were, we were lucky with the weather it was very sunny and warm.
All the walks are short and easy to do with colour coded signs placed at frequent intervals. At the end of the walks you can sit outside and have drinks with home made cakes and look out onto the large pond. There is a large car park but it does cost £4 per person admission.

4  Thank gavin123
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