Don't get us wrong, making sure Mum wakes up to a bunch flowers on Mother's Day is a lovely gesture, but why not go beyond the bouquet and take it one step further? Now Spring has arrived and the world isn't so black and white anymore, here are 5 beautifully colourful walking spots worth driving out to that Mum will love.
Widely regarded as one of the best walking spots in the Midlands, Croome has stunning routes that boast amazing views across the Worcestershire countryside. In terms of flowers, you're likely to see Daffodils, Bluebells and Wild Tulips among others. At Croome Park mansion there are a full list of activities, including guided walks of the gardens and even a trellis making course! If Mum doesn't happen to have an interest in making a trellis there's also a lovely tea room or the Royal Oak pub a short drive down the road which offers classic British dining.
Just up the lane from the tiny village of Dymock in Gloucestershire you'll find the Vell Mill Daffodil Meadow, known as one of the best surviving wild Daffodil meadows in the country. Enjoy a long walk through the golden flowers or, if you get peckish, go and visit the orchard where locals are growing plums, apples and pears. In the local village, The Beauchamps Arms Inn comes very highly reviewed for food.
Not too far down the River Mersey from Liverpool City Centre is 19th Century Tudor Mansion Speke Hall. As well as having an incredible carpet-like wood full of Bluebells perfect for a bit Mother's Day exploration, the hall itself offers plenty to do, with ghost tours, educational tours and a cafe all running throughout March. If Mum gets peckish after a days walking, she'll love the many brilliant restaurants up the road in the city, which include the Art School Restaurant for fine dining or the slightly edgier London Carriage Works.
Priestley Wood in Suffolk is one of the best Bluebell woods around (though you'll also find plenty of Wild Orchids about). Take a walk through the trees on one of the many routes and you're very likely to hear a Nightingale song or two. If strolling gets a bit tiring there's the very cosy Barking Fox nearby or the acclaimed Limes Hotel a short drive up the road in Needham Market.
Tyne and Wear
Lastly, out on the North-East coast is one of the National Trust's most highly recommended Spring walks, the Souter Lighthouse and the Leas. Peppered along the walk are several meadows with wild flowers blooming in March, and the lighthouse itself is the world's first electronic lighthouse. Why not treat Mum to some ice cream at the beautifully original Minchella & Co ice cream parlour, or, if you end up wandering further up into town, you can't go wrong with a sit down fish and chip meal at Colmans.