North York Moors

Route: Farndale

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 18th April 2013

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 11.9 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Farndale is internationally renowed for its incredible display of wild daffodils (Lenten Lilies). Millions of them flower along the banks of the River Dove for about 7 miles. They are usually at their best in late March, but, as a result of the cold start to the year, they had just come into flower when we visited

We parked at Lowna Bridge and and after a couple of minutes we were treated to a spectacular display of flowers – they seemed to be growing everywhere – and as we continued along the path the display got better and better

We walked along the riverbank to Low Mill. We’d intended to return at this point but decided to extend the walk further along Farndale to Church Houses, where we refuelled at the Daffy Caffy

We then climbed up to the west side of Farndale, and walked across Harland Moor. The path took us back down to the River Dove and, via the other bank, back to Lowna Bridge. What a memorable walk this was!

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