Cheshire bluebells are coming into bloom in Bodnook (bird nook) Wood, below Raw Head on the Sandstone Trail.

Soon the fragrant, mauve-blue flowers will open fully and carpet the woodland floor in those few brief weeks before the trees’ leaves open fully in the canopy overhead and block the light.

Last year I spent several days there taking photographs – one or two of which will appear in the ‘almost ready’ new edition of the official guide: Walking Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail. Horses grazed in the fields below, pheasants trotted along the woodland boundaries, and the odd peacock butterfly flitted from flower to flower.

There were wood violets along the edges of the wood too, and cow parsley sprinting upwards in the hedgerows.

It’s time to visit again and see how the woods are coming along.