BRITAIN'S wildflowers are starting to make an appearance, with the Herefordshire countryside becoming a riot of colour.

And right now is the best time to take in one of our favourite wildflowers – the British bluebell.

Carpeting woodlands across Herefordshire, these stunning flowers are at their finest in late April and early May.

Here are five spots where you can take a stroll and admire the bluebells.

Lee & Paget's Wood

This magical ancient broadleaf woodland, managed by the Wildlife Trust, is set in Herefordshire's Woolhope Dome.

Spectacular drifts of bluebells put on a show in the spring, while other British wildflowers including early purple orchids and herb paris can also be spotted at the 11 hectare site.

Croft Castle, Leominster

Croft's parkland is transformed by carpets of bluebells in April and May, with smatterings of bluebells in and around the trees along the entrance drive. But if you really want to surround yourself by bursts of colour and blankets of blue, head to the wood pasture, the National Trust said.

There are thousands underneath the Candelabra Oak, which is the perfect spot to get lost in your thoughts and listen to the birds.

Brockhampton, Bromyard

The grounds of this medieval manor house are perfect for those wanting to take in nature.

Head out to the woods where you can spot carpets of bluebells, the inspiration for many old folklore tales as are foxgloves, which will also be beginning to emerge. Smell the delicious wild garlic and hunt for woodland anemones and common wildflowers such as cow parsley.

The National Trust said they leave the wildflowers where they grow, as these will help feed the local bee and butterfly population. Other woodland plants you may spot are common dog violet, red campion and wood-sorrel.

Capler circular walk

Based in the countryside near Capler Camp Hillfort, this walk takes you through some beautiful ancient semi-natural woodland, which is carpeted with bluebells in late spring. It then follows the riverside, before rising up to Capler Viewpoint, where you can take in the spectacular view of the River Wye and its floodplain.

Credenhill Park Wood

The site of an Iron Age Hillfort, Credenhill Park Wood is now alive with a rich variety of wildlife and plants.

Bluebells flourish under the ancient broadleaf trees in spring, accompanied by early purple orchids and wild garlic.