Thursday, 2 May 2013

Daffodil Walk near Staithes

Spring has finally sprung, and the daffodils are out on the North York Moors. The most famous patch is in Farndale, just 40 minutes’ drive from Staithes and Dunsley holiday cottage (  Small wild daffodils grow in profusion along the river Dove, and the sight draws visitors from all over Britain. The best way to enjoy this wonderful sight is by walking along the footpath from Low Mill to Church Houses. It’s about 2.5km (1.5 miles) each way if you go all the way to Church Houses. The path is mostly level and very well made (it used to be quite boggy but a lot of work has been done on it in recent years), We enjoyed it one evening this week, stopping for a fantastic bar meal (homemade rabbit pie, chips and veg for under £10, really excellent food and great value) at the Feversham Arms at Church Houses. More on the Daffy Walk at but you need to go soon, before the daffodils disappear for another year! The best route from Staithes to Farndale is to drive over the moors via Grinkle Park, Danby and Castleton to Blakey Rigg, turning right down the steep bank into Farndale just after the Lion Inn pub. You can park at Church Houses (in a field just past the pub) and walk to Low Mill and back, or drive down the dale to Low Mill (which also has a car park) and walk up to Church Houses. Both car parks charge £2 for the day.


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