Thank you for social distancing - covid-19 update (29 March 2021)
We're delighted to give you a warm welcome to Farndale. While you can now meet friends and family outdoors, remember many restrictions remain in place. Government guidance advises that you should minimise travel where possible and you should avoid travelling further than is reasonably necessary to access a green space.
Our mobile information point will not be in Farndale this year but National Park Rangers and volunteers will be on site.
Spaces at Low Mill are severely restricted at Daffodil time; the privately run Daffy Car Park (charges apply) is now open in an adjacent field but may still be full.
If the car parks are full, please avoid parking on the roadside, verges or blocking gates. The roads in Farndale are very narrow and this blocks access for local residents, farm vehicles and emergency services. Please be prepared to come another time.
Please keep to the daff path
We are urging everyone to maintain social distancing from anyone you do not live with or is not part of your support bubble, which means staying two metres apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe. Bring hand sanitiser for use after touching shared surfaces (gates, stiles etc) and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
The Farndale daffodils are fragile wildflowers, and the surrounding farmland is used for agriculture and grazing. Always keep to the path. If you have to step off to allow for social distancing, please wait for others to pass, then step back on again.
Remember large gatherings make social distancing difficult. If you cannot stay two metres away from anyone who is not from your own household or social bubble, you are potentially putting your own lives and the lives of others at risk.
For now we must proceed with caution and act responsibly to protect local communities, our friends and families, and other visitors. Please help do your bit and thank you for social distancing.
The beautiful valley of Farndale lies at the heart of the North York Moors. The enchanting River Dove meanders through a patchwork of fields and woods where, each spring, Farndale's glorious daffodils put on one of nature's most spectacular shows.
The Farndale daffodils
It's often said that medieval monks from nearby Rievaulx Abbey planted the first daffodil bulbs here. But the petite wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is one of our native plants. It grows naturally in Farndale, and elsewhere in the National Park, where the river banks, damp meadows and open woodlands provide ideal conditions.
The daffodils are protected within the Farndale Nature Reserve which was established in 1955 to safeguard the valley's famous flowers.
Watch our film which celebrates this marvellous spectacle before enjoying them in all their glory on the riverside walk between Low Mill and Church Houses.
The Farndale daffodil walk shows you the very best of the wildflower displays. Download the route here, or pick up a Farndale walk leaflet at the National Park's mobile information point, which is sited at Low Mill car park during the daffodil season. It's a 3-mile linear walk, to Church Houses and back, with the 'Daffy Caffy' on the way at High Mill and the Feversham Arms pub at Church Houses.
The idiosyncratic Band Room in Farndale is a tiny, rural concert venue, originally built in the 1920s for the Farndale Silver Band. It now puts on world, folk and blues gigs at various times in the year, and has been described as "the greatest small venue on earth".