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7a. Farndale - A circular Rudland Rigg Walk from Low Mill including the famous daffodil Walk

These pictures illustrate part of Route 9 "A walk to Rudland Rigg" from the book "Ten Scenic Walks around Rosedale, Farndale and Hutton-le-Hole" by J. Brian Beadle (6 miles) and including Church Houses for a mile extra. The pictures are a synthesis of several walks and all the territory illustrated is easily done as a single walk.

Low Mill, Farndale and below is the old house opposite the car park a possible starting point for a daffodil walk.

 

Farndale

The walk starts from Low Mill (OS grid ref 673952) and after passing through the farmland of the west of Farndale you ascend close to West Gill.

The walk starts from Low Mill (OS grid ref 673952) and after walking along the road signposted 'Farndale (West Side)' you fork left passing through the farmland of the west of Farndale before ascending close to West Gill. High Blakey Moor is seen in the distance which is the part of Farndale Moor above Church Houses.

 

 

Now that's a mighty stone lintel beam, wasted on this derelict barn!

 

Climbing up onto Rudland Rigg

 

Looking back south down Farndale from just below the Rudland Rigg track.

Looking back south down Farndale from just below the Rudland Rigg track, which you are only on for a very short distance. Horn Ridge is on the left.

 

The track is on the left and we are now near to the highest point of Rudland Rigg.

 

From the same point, looking right down south into Farndale

 

Near the top of the track is a stone shaped like a seat!

Looking back south down Farndale from the track heading east for Monket House.

Looking back south down Farndale from the track heading east for Monket House.

 

Heading back down into Farndale from Rudland Rigg.

 

Looking towards Middle Head, the most northern part of Farndale.

Looking towards Middle Head, the most northern part of Farndale.

Looking across to High Blakey Moor, just above the stone on the horizon is the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge.

Looking across to High Blakey Moor, just above the stone on the horizon is the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge.

 

Having descended down we decided to come along by the River Dove to do the 'Daffodil Walk' but still arrive back at Low Mill.

Having descended down we decided to come along by the River Dove to do the 'Daffodil Walk' but still arrive back at Low Mill.

 

Digression to Church Houses

The road up from the 'Daffy Caffy' to the Feversham Arms Inn at Church Houses.

 

The Feversham Arms Inn at Church Houses, built in 1836 to serve the workers of the Feversham Estate.

 

The St Mary's Church at Church Houses (for more pictures of St Mary's Church see Farndale Show).

 

The blackthorn and wild daffodils were quite spectacular.

The white blackthorn bushes and wild yellow daffodil flowers are quite spectacular.

 

 

A stop at the 'Daffy Caffy'!

A stop at the 'Daffy Caffy'! Which is one of the buildings in the minute hamlet of High Mill (below).

 

The old stone buildings at High Mill near the 'Daffy Cafe'

The well laid out 'daffodil walk' path from Church House to Low Mill.

The well laid out 'daffodil walk' path from Church House to Low Mill.

 

The wild daffodils of Farndale  the bluebells were beginning to show

The wild daffodils of Farndale and the bluebells were beginning to show.

 

 

 

 

A series of views of the Daffodil Walk as you approach Low Mill. Half of the daffodil part of the walk follows the River Dove on which you can still see one of the weirs that was part of the water supply to the mill at Low Mill.

Goodbye Farndale until another fine day and leave the sheep and lambs undisturbed and unperturbed!

Goodbye Farndale until another fine day and leave the sheep and lambs undisturbed and unperturbed!

 

Trees and daffodils near Low Mill

 

Looking up to the eastern slopes of Farndale from the Low Mill to Church Houses daffodil walk.

 

Back at Low Mill you may catch the vintage bus to Hutton-le-Hole!

Back at Low Mill you may catch the vintage bus to Hutton-le-Hole and Granville Smith, the very proud owner driver of the 1947 Leyland saloon coach DPY 335, fitted out by the famous Plaxton Company of Scarborough.


Early Autumn morning in Farndale

Cairn above Farndale

 


Some other scenes from Farndale

Looking towards the north east of Farndale, walking up to Rudland Rigg from the north-west of Farndale

Looking towards the north east of Farndale, walking up to Rudland Rigg from the north-west of Farndale

 

Looking towards Blakey Ridge and the north east of Farndale, walking up to Rudland Rigg from the north-west of Farndale

Looking towards Blakey Ridge and the north east of Farndale, walking up to Rudland Rigg from the north-west of Farndale

 

Dramatic evening sky above the North Yorkshire Moors looking south-west from Rudland Rigg

The dramatic evening sky above the North Yorkshire Moors looking south-west from Rudland Rigg

Heather burning on Blakey Ridge, viewed from Rudland Rigg

Heather burning on Blakey Ridge near the Sun Inn, viewed across Farndale from Rudland Rigg

 


Scenes from most remote part of Farndale

You can walk along the track from the Blakey Ridge car park and then descend down into Farndale.

 

The track bed of the old ironstone mines railway to Rosedale, here above Farndale you can still detect where the sleepers holding the rails lay.

 

You follow the dead-end road passing a lovely National Trust property called Sonley Wood which has many surviving Scots Pines.

 

Nearing the end of the road which winds round and up and down in a most attractive manner. Elm House can be seen on the right, and that's where the road ends.

 

After the road has finished you pick up a green track marked on the OS map as 'Daleside Road', that is signposted as a bridleway to Bloworth Crossing on the old ironstone mines railway that crossed right over the moors. In the distance are the slopes of Middle Head.

 

One fine standing wall from an old barn or farmhouse on the 'Daleside Road' (track)

 

More evidence of long deserted farm buildings.

 

Following the bridleway path to Bloworth Crossing, with Middle Head on the right.

 

Some fine old gate posts, one of which has multi-height post holes.

 

Looking down the length of Farndale from Middle Head as you approach the old track bed of the railway.

 

Walking back along the old disused railway track bed to Blakey Ridge and the waiting car.

 

Eating out in the Daffy Caffy

The beautiful wild daffodils of Farndale, North Yorkshire
The Daffy Caffy, Farndale

Farndale, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England  - The "Daffy Caffy" cafe tearoom is situated on the well known daffodil walk in beautiful Farndale, North Yorkshire, England. The scenery and walking is quite magnificent, whether it be along the river or climbing up to Rudland Rigg on the North York Moors.

The Feversham Arms in the hamlet of Church Houses, Farndale, North Yorkshire, serves good food and beer for the passing walker. Just up the road is the small St Mary's Church of 1831 and all around is the glorious valley and hills and moors that make up Farndale.

 


7b. The Farndale Daffodil Walk from Lowna Bridge

 

The beautiful wild daffodils of Farndale.

 

But, don't forget the lovely blackthorn, out at the same time!

 

Lowna Bridge, Farndale (SE 687909, Garmin eTrex H GPS SE 6874 9090), a fine structure in its own right, the fine sturdy structure is not always appreciated by daffodil lovers.

 

There is adequate parking and picnic space at Lowna Bridge before walking up the track {left-left picture) to enter the Farndale Nature Reserve and its justly famous wild daffodil display in April (car park OS Grid SE 688910, Garmin eTrex GPS SE 6882 9100).

 

Walking through the woodland and yellow wild daffodils of the Birch Hagg Plantation.

 

The wild yellow daffodils carpeting the banks of the River Dove.

 

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Birch Hagg House - lovely setting for this dwelling!

A nice daffodil garden!

 

 

The ground between the trees is just carpeted with wild daffodils.

 

Endless wonderful swathes of genuine bright yellow wild daffodils!

 

Looking north to upper Farndale from near Hagg End.

 

Hagg End, when soon after, you take a ~300o turn down to Dale End Bridge, at the point the path to Low Mill carries straight on.

 

 

 

Dale End footbridge (OS Grid SE 683925, Garmin GPS SE 6832 9252), from which you climb up Harland Moor.

 

Looking across Farndale from Harland Moor near Park Farm, Bee Stone Farm is down on the right.

 

The track down to Park Farm and looking north up Farndale.

 

Heading back down on the minor road to Lowna Bridge.


An Alternative Wild Daffodil Walk - we think this the best route after much trial and error!

This route is about 6-7 miles. You take the same route as above from Lowna Bridge to Hagg End walking north on the east side of the River Dove through Birch Hagg Plantation. Instead of dropping down to Dale End Bridge you can carry on towards Low Mill giving some lovely extra views of the western side of Farndale

At Underhill Farm (OS Grid SE 687909, Garmin GPS SE 6874 9090, bottom right picture above) you turn left 90o down to the River Dove and cross to the west side via a footbridge. You then follow the path signs plotting a route back to drop down to Dale End Bridge. You pass through Cross Farm (SE 675936, Garmin GPS SE 6754 9364) and Park Farm (SE 677925, Garmin GPS SE 6768 9252)  before reaching Dale End Bridge, which higher up to the west of the River Dove.

 

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A fantastic array of wild daffodils!

 

At Dale End Bridge you continue north towards Lowna on the west side of the River Dove i.e. you don't cross over the footbridge, but there are still lots of wild daffodils to admire. You can fork right (easily missed) to visit the Lowna Quaker Burial Ground where between 1675 and 1854, 116 people were buried. Grid reference for the Lowna Burial Ground NZ 686914 (Garmin GPS NZ 68614 91442).

You then carry on to join a short lane that meets up with the road down to Lowna Bridge.

 

 

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7c. More pictures from the Lowna Bridge 'daffy' walk

 

 

 

 

Views from south-east Farndale across to north-west Farndale

 

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Underhill Farm.

 

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Footbridge over the River Dove down and east from Underhill Farm.

 

Climbing up to Cross Farm.

 

Near Park farm.

 

Dale End Bridge.

 

Wild daffodils just south of Dale End Bridge on the west bank of the River Dove.

 

The Quakers' burial ground.

 

An old sunken track down to a ford that leads on to a quarry just north of Lowna Bridge.

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Wild flowers including the daffodils near Low Mill, Farndale

 

 

 

The Farndale daffodils near the River Dove.

 

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