7 places to see spring flowers in Yorkshire
Last updated Mar 8, 2024

Many of us will be grateful for the longer daylight hours and milder weather that March time brings  – milder for Yorkshire, that is.

One of the symbols that spring is well and truly on its way is when spring plants such as snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and bluebells come out to bloom.

In North Yorkshire, we’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to places to enjoy a springtime stroll – here are some of The Stray Ferret’s top picks.

Farndale, North York Moors

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Nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds, Farndale has become well-known for the thousands of wild daffodils that bloom along the riverbanks every spring.

For the best way to experience the spectacle, there’s a three-and-a-half mile walk between the village of Low Mill to Church Houses and back, which follows a clearly marked path.

There are also plenty of options at both villages for refreshments and a refuel before the return trip, including the Daffy Caffy and The Feversham Arms.

Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough

Goldsborough Hall

Goldsborough Hall

The impressive 16th-century Goldsborough Hall – once home to Princess Mary – also boasts 12 acres of immaculately maintained gardens, that are open to the public at certain times of the year.

While the Lime Tree Walk hosts more than 50,000 daffodils in the spring, there’s also a woodland area, kitchen gardens, and formal herbaceous borders to explore.

It’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance if you wish to visit the hall.

Moorlands Nature Reserve, near Skelton

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Somewhat of a hidden gem, Moorlands Nature Reserve is tucked away on the outskirts of York, with on-street parking along a quiet stretch of Moor Lane.

Part of the ancient Forest of Galtres, it’s awash with colour every spring, with snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, and primroses all on display along the one kilometre loop through the woods.

With benches and wooden sculptures dotted along the route, it’s perfect for a family stroll or a quick breath of fresh air if you’re pushed for time.

Newton Wood, North York Moors

Roseberry Topping and Newton Wood walk

Bluebells and wildflowers flourish in the shade of Newton Wood, located in the north-east edge of the North York Moors.

From the public car park at Newton under Roseberry, a variety of walking routes for different abilities can be followed, through the trees and the carpet of bluebells that often reach full bloom between March to May.

If you’re up for the challenge, Roseberry Topping rises up above the woodland, and provides a vantage point from which to take in the spectacular scenery across the moors.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Spread across 100 acres in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Thorp Perrow Arboretum has plenty of green space to work with, and their springtime display doesn’t disappoint.

When the milder weather rolls around, snowdrops and crocuses spring up around the woodland, with their 110 varieties of daffodils closely following suit.

They’ve also got a regularly rotating schedule of events for families to enjoy, including an upcoming easter trail which runs until April 8.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon

Fountains Abbey

You can’t mention springtime walks without mentioning the classic scenery of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

The ruined Cistercian abbey provides a perfect backdrop to stroll the extensive grounds, or you can foray further into the deer park to see if you can spot one of the herds.

Entrance to Fountains Abbey grounds is free for National Trust members, and the deer park is free for all to access.

Hackfall Wood, Yorkshire Dales

Hackfall Wood

Hackfall Wood has been deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the large variety of birds and plants that call it their home.

Well-known landscaper John Aislabie bought the ancient woodland in 1731, and his influence can be felt, in the various follies and buildings dotted amongst the foliage.

There are four separate entrances to the woodland, with a free Woodlands Trust car park for visitors near the village of Grewelthorpe, and alternative parking available in Masham.

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