Where to see bluebells in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle

(c) Neil Aldridge(c) Neil Aldridge

It's the time of year to roll out the blue carpet - so we've selected our favourite places to walk among the bluebells this spring

Millington Woods - The Yorkshire Wolds

Where: 30 mins from York or Hull

At more than a 1,000 years old and thought to be the most richly diverse woodland in East Yorkshire, there's no better spot to enjoy blankets of bluebells within the Yorkshire Wolds. Keep your eyes (and nose!) open for wild garlic too, along with giant bellflowers in this increasingly rare ash woodland.

What else? The Robert Fuller Wildlife Gallery is close by, and nearby Pocklington Canal has its own array of watery wildlife.

North Cliffe Woods - Brough, Hull

Where: 40 mins from York, 20 mins from Hull

This quiet and unexpected show of bluebells is tucked away 5 minutes from the village of North Cave, just off the M62. A relatively young woodland - the area having been clear-felled around a century ago - the reserve is now dominated by mountain ash and birch - their open-leaved canopy ideal for lots of light for bluebells. A network of paths winds through the reserve, and the dawn chorus of warblers and woodpeckers is not to be missed. Keep an eye out for grass snakes (non venoumous) basking on the open paths and glades.

What else? North Cave Wetlands just up the road is an up-and-coming mecca for birdwatchers, with nesting avocets and an array of butterflies and dragonflies just some of the summer treats.

Beverley Westwood

Where: 1hr from York, 20 mins from Hull

This facinating area to the west of Beverley has a well-known splash of yellow buttercups later in the year, but spring offers a chance to seek out blubells in quieter corners like Burton Bushes. An area of open grazing and a popular picnic spot, be sure to slow down for the chocoloate-brown cattle who graze the whole area alongside several roads into the town.

What else? Tophill Low nature reserve is around 10 minutes away and will open a new visitor welcome centre in summer 2017 - in the meantime you can still look out for otters, kingfishers, barn owls and water voles amongst other wildlife.

Danes Dyke - Bridlington/Flamborough

Where: 10 mins from Bridlington

This steep-sided valley woodland winds its way out to the stunning Flamborough Headland on Yorkshire's heritage coast, but in spring comes alive with woodland wildflowers - including blankets of bluebells. Around 3km of trails wind away through the nature reserve, which sits atop the most northerly chalk landscape in the country, eventually becoming the dramatic nearby cliffs of Flamborough and Bempton.

What else: There's plenty to be enjoyed just minutes away from the rock pooling opportunities of the Living Seas Centre, to a chance to spot puffins and other seabirds at Flamborough Cliffs and Bempton Cliffs a little further along the coast.