Easter Daffodil Walks for You and Your Dog

Spring is well and truly here, and with Easter around the corner, now is the perfect time to enjoy the floral displays with your dog while they are at their best. Daffodils are hardy flowers that bloom in all sorts of places, from woodlands to roadsides. We’ve selected a small number of walks where these bursts of colour appear for us all to enjoy year after year.

Before you head out walking always prepare to maintain the following countryside rules:

Control your pet or put him on a lead around livestock and small children.

Close all gates.

Take nothing that is not yours, and leave nothing behind that is.

Do not pick the daffodils, no matter how tempting, as there will be less for others to enjoy.

Ensure you carry pet waste bags, your mobile phone, and some treats for the both of you. Enjoy!

 

West Dean Wood, Nr. Chichester, West Sussex

Difficulty: Medium.

Length: 3 hours.

Description: This circular walk is part of the West Dean Estate on the South Downs. The walk passes through dense, ancient woodland, with numerous wild daffodil colonies easily visible from the path. Up to one million can be seen in a good year. This walk follows a bridleway, so it is import to ensure you keep dogs close, as there may also be horse riders and cyclists using the route. After your walk, there is West Dean Garden shop and café nearby, which also has WCs.

 

Farndale, North Yorkshire

Difficulty: Easy.

Length: 1 hour.

Description: Farndale is famous for its wild daffodil show, which attracts up to 40,000 visitors a year. This gentle walk features light woodland and gentle, rolling slopes. There are plenty of benches along the route for you to sit and soak in the view. Most of the route is paved, although there are occasional areas of aggregate surface in some of the wooded sections of the walk. There is plenty of parking in the nearby village of Low Mill, where you will also find WCs. The route is well sign-posted from the car park onwards.

 

Brigsteer Woods, Levens, Cumbria

Difficulty: Easy.

Length: 1 hour.

Description: Situated on the edge of the Lake District, this woodland features a network of paths, each with a varied display of wild daffodils. The wood itself offers an easy hour’s walk, with gentle woodland paths and plenty for your dog to investigate. For the more adventurous amongst you however, follow the route out of the woods and up Scout Scar, a moderate slope which offers fantastic views. To access the woods, there is off road parking just north of Levens. You can also find WCs and cafes in the village.

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