Enjoy Spring nature at its very best with a wonderful walk to view the wild daffodils in Farndale, in the North York Moors. We share photos and experiences from our trip....
Every Spring, this valley - 'The Daffodil Dale' - becomes one of the most popular parts of the North York Moors National Park... because of its pretty, wild daffodils flowering throughout the valley.
It is usually around Easter that the display is at its best - we visited this year (2010) in the middle of April - and the daffodils were lovely, although some were just getting past their best.
It is not known for sure how they got there - perhaps planted by the monks of Rievaulx Abbey, or, some say, by the Catholic priest, Father Postgate, who ministered his faith secretly to his 'flock' across the moors, and was eventually hung, drawn and quartered for his 'crimes'.
In the 1950's, Farndale became a nature reserve, so that the daffodils could be protected for current and future generations.
It is an offence to pick any of the wild daffodils - so don't be tempted!
There are lovely walks all across the dale, but the famous 'Daffodil Walk' starts at Low Mill.
The area can get very busy in the daffodil season, particularly at weekends. Weekdays are considerably quieter...
...or, you may consider using the Moors Bus Shuttle Bus - operating Sundays and Bank Holidays (through the daffodil season) from Hutton-le-Hole - More information about the Shuttle bus service, here...
On quieter days, you may be able to park by the roadside in Church Houses.
We parked at Low Mill, and took the walk up to Church Houses, along the edges of the River Dove.
The walk itself is very pleasant, with views of the delightful wild daffodils that really brighten up your day.
Get well deserved refreshments at:
We ate our lunch at The Feversham Arms.
There are also plenty of lovely daffodils in the Churchyard of St. Mary's Church, in Church Houses, and more wild daffodils and pleasant walks around nearby Lowna.
On the route back from Church Houses, you can take alternative footpaths bak up through the fields to make it a round trip - we almost took this route, but as we were tired and a bit concerned about getting lost, we just returned back along the main route.
Farndale is much quieter outside of daffodil season, so consider a visit 'out of season' too, to enjoy a different aspect of this lovely, tranquil dale.
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Find out about the current state of daffodils, parking and footpaths in the area, here...
More about the nearby beautiful North York Moors
More about the Danby Visitors Centre - National Park Moors Centre - where to visit for more info about the area.
More about our experience at The Feversham Arms in Church Houses.
Fay tells us about her trip to see the daffodils
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