Route:  Farndale

Area:  North Yorkshire

Date of walk:  28th March 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance:  4.3 miles

Weather:  Dull and misty

Farndale is a beautiful place at any time of the year, but is especially renowned for its amazing display of wild daffodils in spring which carpet the meadows and riverbanks along the River Dove

The medieval monks from nearby Rievaulx Abbey are supposed to have planted the first daffodil bulbs here, but the wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is one of our native plants. It grows naturally in Farndale, where the river banks, damp meadows and open woodlands provide ideal conditions. The daffodils are protected within the Farndale Nature Reserve which was established in 1955 to safeguard them

It was a gloomy and murky day as we parked in the small village of Low Mill and walked down to the riverside. We followed the well made path, admiring the daffodils as we went along – they were mostly on the far bank of the river, but a wonderful sight nonetheless

Before long we reached the furthest point of today’s walk at Church Houses, where the Daffy Cafe plies a very busy trade at this time of the year, and as custom demands we dropped in for a cup of tea and bacon and egg sandwich. Suitably refreshed we set out along the return leg which is higher up the valley but we soon regretted our choice of route as the normally wonderful views were completely obscured  by the thick mist. We wished we’d simply retraced our steps beside the river

Never mind, we’d seen the daffodils which had been the purpose of our visit and there were no regrets

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