The Farndale Daffodil Walk
Nothing is quite so iconically symbolic of the coming of spring than the daffodil. The colour, the shape and the sheer cheekiness of these flowers shouts – “Spring is here!”
Among the grass verges, along roads and lanes, in gardens and beside rivers and lakes, a sea of yellow is visible from mid March to mid April every year and the effect is quite breathtaking. So for our second walk in the ‘Yorkshire Dales and Moors Adventures’ we couldn’t resist experiencing the Farndale Daffodil Walk in the North Yorks National Park.
The daffodils grow naturally here and are a native, wild species protected by the National Park and a delight to everyone who makes this walk in early spring.
The journey to the daffodil wood took around an hour, most of this through the Yorkshire Moors which was in itself spectacular. The day was overcast but dry and we arrived at the car park ready to start around mid-afternoon. A National Parks information van was located close to the car park with people to give advice on the route and answer any questions about the flowers, the wood and the national park itself.
The walk meandered gently through a wood and beside a small river. Today there was no mud or much wind to bother us and the path is well-marked and not very difficult, making it a perfect walk for everybody both young and not so young. Alongside the walk were the sounds of newly arrived birds busy building their nests and fields of sheep with new-born lambs.
Suddenly, we came upon a section of the wood which was literally carpeted with daffodils stretching across as far as you could see. It was an amazing sight and I immediately understood why this walk is so popular.
Half-way along the walk we left the wood and daffodils behind and reached the small hamlet of Church Houses featuring the ‘Daffy-Caffy’, a small tea-shop, and further along, a pub – perfect for refreshments. We stopped and had a cup of tea before taking the higher path back to the start of the walk – a path leading through the fields and past the farms. Here we were able to see the lambs more closely as they gamboled in the fields. The mothers watched us both very carefully too.
The whole walk took just 2 and a half hours and would be lovely for a late afternoon ramble before dinner. I did notice that among the daffodils the wild garlic plants were pushing through so I am certain that the woods in another month will be full of their wonderful scent – a good reason to re-visit this walk in May!