It All Began With A Picture : Chronicles Of Narnia
I’ve been to Narnia before, but it wasn’t planned. With bluebell season in full swing, I decided to venture back through the Wardrobe - but this time it was on my terms, courtesy of Banstead Woods.
Banstead Woods are 250 acres of ancient woodland located in Surrey, and a site of special scientific interest. Iconic characters from CS Lewis’ classic ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ have been brought to life throughout its Narnia themed nature trail.
I took this 3 mile circular walk discovering the hidden secrets and natural wonders of this woodland. Parking in the Holly Lane Car Park was free and the trail itself is well sign posted (if you stick to the paths).
From mid-April to late May it is carpeted in blankets of bluebells and looks truly magical. It seems only fitting to venture through a life-size wardrobe (complete with wooden hanging clothes) to get up close. Of note, bluebells are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and they do not consent to being uprooted.
Rounded off my visit at the lovely local pub, aptly named Ramblers Rest.