Farndale Daffodil Walk
OS grid reference:- SE 673 952
The lovely valley of Farndale in the North York Moors National Park lies 5 miles to the north of Kirkbymoorside and is surrounded by some of the wildest moorland in England.
Farndale has two hamlets - Church Houses which stands at the top of the valley and Low Mill, a cluster of stone houses, situated around 5 miles to the north of the village of Hutton le Hole on a minor road.
The valley is a particularly popular place with walkers due to its glorious display of wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus), which carpets the meadows and river banks. The colourful display can be seen around Easter time all along the banks of the River Dove.
Tradition states that the first daffodil bulbs here were planted by monks from nearby Rievaulx Abbey. The daffodils spread either by their seed falling on the ground or by their bulbs being carried downriver. WHere they are known by their old name of Lenten Lily which derives from the fact they normally bloom around Easter. To protect the daffodils the majority of Farndale north of Lowna was created a Local Nature Reserve in 1955.
Over 40,000 visitors make their way along the valley on a gentle 1.5-mile stroll. Depending on the weather, the daffodils are usually in flower between mid-March and mid-April.
The signposted path commences at Low Mill and follows the River Dove north for a mile or so north to High Mill, where the Daffy Caffy offers refreshments. Alternatively, visitors can continue for a few few hundred yards along the track to the hamlet of Church Houses, where limited parking is available and there is a pub, the Feversham Arms which provides a warm welcome to walkers and serves good food. There is an alternative return route that climbs through farm fields and provides stunning valley views.
From Kirkbymoorside turn left at the roundabout and head for Gillamoor. In Gillamoor village turn right at the t-junction follow the road and take the left fork which leads into Low Mill.