English Gardens - North
“A host, of golden daffodils.... beneath the trees,
fluttering and dancing in the breeze”
not strictly a garden, I have include Farndale daffodils as
this is one of the few places you can see wild daffodils
growing. In spring, the banks of the River Dove and
surrounding hillsides are a golden mass of daffodils. They
are smaller and more delicate than their big butch
cultivated varieties. Tradition says they were planted by
the monks of nearby Rievaulx Abbey and they are known
locally as Lenten Lilies.
The area is a Local Nature Reserve and the daffodils are protected with strict by-laws which prohibit picking the flowers or uprooting the bulbs.
There is a lovely and very easy walk along the River Dove from Low Mill to Church Houses and back, a distance of about three and a half miles. Depending on the year, the daffodils are in flower from Mid March until the end of April.
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