North York Moors CAM
Tuesday 28th March 2000
Farndale is a scattered farming community in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, consisting of two hamlets - Church Houses (centre right of photo) and Low Mills.
The dale is a beautiful sight at any time of year but its greatest claim to fame is that of the wild daffodils that grow along the banks of the River Dove at the bottom of the valley - the daffodils were reputedly planted by monks from the nearby abbeys many hundreds of years ago. They are protected by the Nature Conservancy Council and anyone found picking them can be fined.
Mid-April is normally the time to see the daffodils at their best, though after this year's mild winter they are about three weeks early. The car park at Low Mills (Grid Ref: 673 953) is a good starting point for the 1 mile 'daffodil walk' north along the banks of the River Dove to High Mill - no need for captions, just enjoy the walk and the spring weather.
When you reach High
Mill, enjoy a cuppa at the 'Daffy Caffy', or a pint at the
just a bit further up the road before returning the way you came back to Low Mill
Looking north-west over the head of Farndale to High Blakey Moor from the steep road up from Church Houses to Blakey Ridge
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