Do you like daffodils?
Every spring, a quiet valley in the North York Moors National Park bursts into life. Farmers open their fields for parking, the small Daffy Caffy and the Feversham Arms do a roaring trade. It’s daffodil time in Daffodil Valley.
Farndale – The Valley of Daffodils
From about mid-March, up to 50,000 visitors descend into Farndale. The daffodil walk follows the River Dove for about 1.5 miles, between Low Mill and High Mill. Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus) cover both sides of the valley. Since 1955 the site has been protected. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest covering about 390 acres.
Who planted them?
Romanticists like to believe the daffodils are nature’s gift, sadly not the case. The monks of nearby Rievaulx Abbey are most likely to be our benefactors. It’s thought at one time the plantings spread even further than today. English Heritage maintain the extensive abbey ruins. Nearby Helmsley is a delightful places to stop, refresh or even stay.
Where to find them
Kirkbymoorside is the nearest town; situated between Helmsley and Pickering on the A170. Take the road to Hutton le Hole. Prepare for busy traffic on the narrow lanes, it is worth the wait!
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