The Valley of Farndale

Farndale is a beautiful, deep valley with narrow winding lanes, a patchwork quilt of fields divided by ancient drystone walls. However, the dale is most famous for its daffodils which were reputed to have been planted by the monks of nearby Rievaulx Abbey. The daffodils, though, are truly wild, adding even more charm to the beauty of their annual April display.

Visitors from far and wide come to Farndale each Spring to see the 'daffs', and enjoy the famous 'Daffodil Walk'. (Please note, Farndale's daffodils are protected by law so please don't be tempted to pick any)

This famous walk takes visitors from the hamlet of Low Mill (Grid Ref. 672 951)along the peaceful River Dove, past an set of old stone buildings known as High Mill, and ending at the hamlet of Church Houses.

By no means the only way to explore the valley, the Daffodil Walk offers a peaceful afternoon stroll for individuals and families of all ages, with the Daffy Caffy at High Mill offering refreshments in season, and lunch available at the Feversham Arms, Church Houses throughout the year

For information about life in Farndale, including diary dates for everything from cricket and W.I. to Farndale Show and the famous Bandroom concerts, please visit

For visitors out of the Daffodil season, or those looking for something different during their stay, a set of walk sheets - Walks in Farndale - is available at the cottage. The sheets include walks of various lengths (4 of which begin and end at the cottage), as well as a short early morning climb, ideal before a Bitchagreen breakfast!