Snowdrop walks on Hampshire & the Island
They're coming out! The loveliest places to catch winter snowdrops in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the next few weeks.
Spotted any snowdrops yet? In our woodlands, forest, gardens and riverbanks, once again, nature is rolling out the white carpet. The best show in town right now, these delicate white flowers are like little pops of winter cheer, a whisper of Spring. Until it comes, take a lovely local snowdrop walk in one of these super snowdrop hotspots. Be sure to book ahead where advised – and if you know any secret snowdrop spots, please let us know in the comments below.
The Vyne, Basingstoke
The National Trust’s very own Tudor mansion is prime hunting ground for the white blooms. Spot them from just outside the carpark to the walled garden and into Morgaston Wood.
Little Court, Crawley, nr. Winchester
This pretty little garden is protected from the elements by its imposing walls. It was tipped as one of the nation’s favourite gardens in 2019. Book ahead to check out the pretty white flowers on its open days on Sun 14 (romantic!), Mon 15, or Mon 22 February.
Another National Trust beauty, Mottisfont just outside of Romsey comprises of a historical priory, garden and country estate. There are also hidden brooks and plenty of hiding places for snowdrops to spring from. Located near the River Test, it’s well known for its gardens. Time it right and you’ll find plenty of snowdrops running along its pretty river walk.
Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
Also in Romsey, Harold Hillier Gardens has over 20 different varieties of snowdrops. With one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe, its well worth a visit if you live nearby. Covering around four acres, the Winter Gardens are planted with a pleasing palette of bark, bold-coloured stems, scent and foliage.
Gilbert White’s House, Selborne
Home of the famed naturalist, it makes sense that flowers would be a big part of Gilbert White’s appeal. This year, its annual Snowdrop Weekend is 14 – 15 Feb, with half price garden admission.
Chawton House, Alton
As well as being a spot that champions top female writers and being synonymous with Jane Austen, Chawton also boasts a rather spectacular planting of snowdrops. Visit the gardens between 3 and 28 February (10am – 3.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday) for a peaceful stroll among the wonderful white blossoms on the South Lawn.
Hinton Ampner, near Arlesford
With oodles of parkland and carefully coiffed gardens, Hinton Ampner is a sight to behold at any time of the year. But, as you can imagine, with snowdrop season upon us, it gets a whole lot more magical. Look out for them beneath the trees on the East Lawn. You can even take Fido along for this walk – just make sure he doesn’t dig any up.
ISLE OF WIGHT
Alverstone, near Sandown
With so much of the Wight being unspoilt, it’s often quite easy to spot little clusters of snowdrops dotted around. Follow the trail around Alverstone to find the blooms and also keep your eyes open for the native Red Squirrels who are active, even at this time of year.