Between late February – March if you take a walk in the pastures, woodlands and orchards around Dymock and Kempley in the Windcross parishes of North-West Gloucestershire, you’ll find yourself in a spectacular sea of colour known as the Golden Triangle. This peaceful corner of the Welsh borders is wild daffodil country, and the Daffodil Way is a glorious 10-mile walking route that threads its way right through it along the Vale of Leadon. There really is no better place to be experience spring colour.
Not far from here is the easily spotted landmark of May Hill. Its crowning cluster of tall pines were planted to commemorate Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1887. At almost 305m, it’s an amazing viewpoint and Newent Woods on its North-East side are a thick carpet of bluebells come late spring. Visit on May Day itself and you’ll find, by ancient custom, rival parties from nearby Newent ascend the hill to do friendly battle – summer’s supporters against winter’s – after which the always victorious summer party triumphantly take summer greenery back down to the village to celebrate. And if you like a spot of Morris dancing on the summit of your springtime walks, you’ve come to the right place.