With lockdown restrictions having eased it is the perfect time to enjoy Hertfordshire's best spots for bluebells before their short-lived season ends in mid-May.

Bluebells are found in ancient wooded areas and are protected under the Countryside Act (1981), which means it is illegal to willfully damage them so people must stick to the paths and take care not to trample on them.

Here are your top five spots for a dose of bluebells:

1. First on the list is Whippendell Wood which is next to Cassiobury Park in Watford and is a large woodland area.

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The best parking for the bluebell woods is Whippendell Wood Car Park, Grove Mill Lane, Chandler’s Cross, Rickmansworth, WD3 4NA.

2. Ashridge Estate, which is probably Hertfordshire’s most popular area for rural walks, is also well-known for its bluebell-carpeted woodlands.

One of the best places to see bluebells there is Dockey Wood on Beacon Road (leading to Ivinghoe Beacon) which has plenty of free parking but tends to get very busy on the weekends.

There is also a visitor centre, toilets and a café nearby located at Bridgewater Monument at Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT.

3. Next on the list is Broxbourne Wood which is near Cheshunt and there is also a sculpture trail which makes it perfect for family walks.

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The bluebells can be found in Wormley Wood and Nut wood and there is free parking but no facilities at the wood.

For parking head to Bencroft Wood,38 Brickendon Lane, Brickendon, Hertford, SG13 8NU.

4. Heartwood Forest is a man-made woodland area near St Albans and among the newly planted trees are four ancient woods which are Langley Wood, Well and Pudler’s Wood, Pismire Spring and Round Wood.

Langley Wood is perhaps the best one for seeing bluebells in Heartland Forest.

You will find free parking and facilities in nearby village Sandridge, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9DQ.

5. Plough Wood is in Sarratt and is a good area for viewing bluebells which are dotted around among its woodlands with views of the Chess Valley.

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