12 April 2022

Farndale Daffodils


My annual trip to Farndale to see the daffodils started very early to avoid the crowds. We arrived about 9 and parked in a field near the local pub which was £2 for the whole day. After wandering around Farndale and taking lots of pictures of the miniature daffodils we headed out of the village on to a track that is part of the Inn Way, leading up a steep hill towards Bransdale. The track soon flattens out and you can enjoy the views over the moors.

I’ve walked past the church at Cockayne a few times but never been inside. We decided to go in and it was lovely and cool, a welcome break from the heat outside. The church had provided refreshments, with an honesty box which I thought was cute and took advantage of.

Main Points:

Distance – 6 miles in total, linear route, a couple of steep hills.

Parking – field in Farndale (Church Houses end, only open when the daffodils are out) £2 all day.


29 March 2022

Hidcote Manor Garden - The Cotswolds


Our first stop when we arrived in the Cotswolds was Hidcote Manor Garden near Chipping Campden. Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote boasts a wide range of flowers and trees surrounding the 17th century manor house. 

The daffodils were in full bloom during our visit but the main attractions were two beautiful pink magnolia trees. Magnolia trees only flower for about two weeks in the year so we were lucky to catch them. A few petals had started to fall which looked like confetti on the ground.

Main Points:

Parking – National Trust car park at the Manor, very busy so get there early!

Pricing – £15.00 adult, £7.50 child, NT members free.


8 March 2022



We parked at Boggle Hole (the road there is quite narrow and windy!) and followed the arrows towards Ravenscar. It’s quite a long walk there and back (6 miles) but you could stop off in the village halfway for a bite to eat. We also popped down to walk on the beach for a bit; although this isn’t part of the main walk it’s worth having a look if you have the time.

Back up on the cliff top, make sure you turn back to see Robin Hood’s Bay and stop and admire the coastal views. 

We arrived at Ravenscar and I spotted a seal in the distance, coming out of the water. I didn’t expect we were going to see any so I was pleased and was going to head back. We decided, luckily, to venture down the steep path to the bottom of the cliffs, where there must have been over a hundred seals, including a couple of seal pups! 

There are volunteers at the foot of the cliff and plenty of signs asking you not to get too close and disturb the seals. The photos of the seals below are all using the camera's zoom.

Main Points:

Distance – Roughly 6 miles there and back, linear walk, quite a steep climb down to the seals.

Parking – Boggle Hole car park (there’s an honesty box)

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