Farndale


Visiting Farndale is like entering nature’s version of a spa, with all the elements on-tap to create a relaxing atmosphere.

With the River Dove gently meandering through the valley, the patchwork of pastures and woodland sandwiched between wilder moorland on either side, and just two tiny hamlets, Church Houses at the top and Low Mill at the bottom, Farndale knows how to do peaceful.

Low Mill, Farndale Credit Mike Kipling
Low Mill, Farndale (c) Mike Kipling

In spring the river banks and surrounding meadows become a sea of yellow as the glorious sight of thousands of native wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) burst into flower. The diminutive blooms are a natural spectacle, made all-the-more wonderful when you know the first daffodil bulbs were said to have been planted by medieval monks from nearby Rievaulx Abbey.

The daffodils are protected within the Farndale Nature Reserve, which was established in 1955 to safeguard the valley's famous flowers.

In the lower valley, the walk from Lowna Bridge passes a stone wall enclosing an old Quaker burial ground where ‘Sarkless Kitty’ was said to have finally found peace - her tormented ghost having claimed the lives of many men.

For all its tranquillity you would be mistaken for thinking there was no sense of community in Farndale. In fact the eco-friendly village hall in Church Houses is a busy hub of activity with walking groups and film nights; and there’s also the annual Farndale agricultural show in August.

Meanwhile music fans should make a beeline for the quirky 100-seat corrugated iron-clad The Band Room in Low Mill, heralded as ‘the greatest small venue on earth and has been described as "the greatest small venue on earth", which has attracted big names such as Cerys Matthews and folk singer Kate Rusby.

What is special about Farndale



Plan your visit

Plan your visit

Getting here

There is no public transport to Farndale and the narrow roads can get congested during daffodil season. Please be considerate and avoid disrupting the farmers’ work by not parking in field gateways.

Hire a bike from Yorkshire Cycle Hub and pedal 9 miles to Farndale

Facilities

Small car park at Low Mill (YO62 7UY) – donations box at front of toilets

Spaces at Low Mill are severely restricted at wild daffodil time, but the privately run Daffy Car Park (charges apply) is available in an adjacent field during this busy period

Nearest EV charging points – Town Farm car park, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AT; Hutton le Hole car park

Bike repair stations – Moorland Cycles and
The Barn Guesthouse and Tearoom (both in Hutton le Hole)
Bike hire – Yorkshire Cycle Hub

Refreshments at Daffy Caffy (High Mill), Farndale Store (Low Mill) and Feversham Arms (Church Houses)

Community Library in village hall

Information

Mobile information point in Low Mill Car Park during the daffodil season where you can purchase our Farndale circular walk leaflet

Public toilets

Low Mill car park YO62 7UY – accessible (RADAR key needed)

Accessible toilet at Farndale Village Hall YO62 7LE when open

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Tread carefully – Farndale daffodils are fragile and sensitive. Stick to the paths.

Tread carefully – Farndale daffodils are fragile and sensitive. Stick to the paths.

A byelaw protects the daffodils, please don’t pick them – leave them for others to enjoy.

A byelaw protects the daffodils, please don’t pick them – leave them for others to enjoy.

Avoid blocking gates

Avoid blocking gates

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