The ultimate place to go for a snowdrop walk in Berkshire has to be Welford Park. Situated North West of Newbury and previously a location for the filming of the Great British Bake Off, they open their grounds each year to the public in from February to early March.
There’s a series of pathways that lead you from the entrance along a crystal clear river with a main pathway which is marked on a map and accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The most impressive area is a circular route which takes you around the beech woodland where a thick carpet of snowdrops has the wow factor. My iphone camera really couldn’t do it justice.
It would be a wonderful place to bring along a digital SLR to practise your photography skills.
There’s an accessible pathway that loops around with a simple fence to protect the snowdrops. Welford Park have over 150 cultivars of Galanthus snowdrops spread around the gardens.
Not usually open to the public, this event is perfect for exploring the wider grounds and garden at Welford Park too. There are numerous little bridges over the river, winding pathways to explore and even a bamboo tunnel to walk through.
During the snowdrop walk event at Welford Park they have light meals and refreshments available in a covered marquee next to the impressive Queen Anne manor house. There’s also a shepherd’s hut selling hot drinks on the lawns with table and chairs dotted around.
It’s worth taking the time to explore beyond the snowdrops. We loved the sculptures, in particular the huge giraffes.
Situated next to the Welford Park manor house is gorgeous flint church which is open to the public to visit too.
How Much Does Welford Park Snowdrop Walk Cost?
For 2024 the prices are £12 for adults, £10 concession, £5 for children 4+ and free for under 3s, family ticket £25 Tickets can be purchased in advance online and are the same price if you buy at the gate on arrival.
Welford Park support a number of charities from their snowdrop opening. In 2024 this includes
- Sunday 7 February – The National Garden Scheme
- Sunday 11 February – Newbury Cancer Care
- Sunday 18 February – Newbury Soup Kitchen
Visiting Welford Park for Snowdrops
Welford Park opens for just 25 days a year. If you want to visit this year, they’re open from 31st January to 3rd March 2023, Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm
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