Yes! Daffodils may be the most positive sign of spring, and they’re blooming everywhere this April. Here’s some inspiration to pull on your wellies and explore the best vivid yellow walks, up and down the country.
Pinkish dawn skies, dew on the grass and clouds that take every shape – the great outdoors looks so much better when the daffodils are out. They’re a ray of sunshine, and they’re already spilling over the top of vases across the UK. So where can you find the best daffodil-lined walks? We’ve done the legwork (well, metaphorically at least) for you. And when you do find that perfect spot, don’t forget to show us on Facebook and Instagram.
OUR TOP 5 DAFFODIL TRAILS
- The National Trust for Scotland, Brodie Castle: Look out for their daffodil weekend walks in late April. This castle is packed to the turrets with antiques, and home to Scotland’s ancient Brodie clan. Explore 71 hectares of landscaped gardens and woodland walks – featuring daffodils!
- Golden Triangle: Dymock, Oxenhall and Kempley: This is the spot (or triangle surrounding three villages) for wild daffodils that line fields and verges and attract hundreds of flower fans every year. Gloucestershire are so fond of their traditional daffodil, they made it their county flower.
- Farndale, Yorkshire: Locally called the ‘Daffy Walk’, people travel here from far-flung corners to witness a seasonal blanket of daffodils.
- Dunsford, Devon: Follow the circular trail through Dunsford Wood in Dartmoor National Park. On your way you’ll take in thousands of wild daffodils that carpet the woodland floor.
- Lake District National Park: Many places claim to be where Wordsworth found his inspiration to pen his ode to daffodils, but it’s believed that the most likely spot is Ullswater. The poet was a local lad, and his initials are carved into a wooden school desk at Hawkshead Grammar School, which is now a museum, and another reason to head to the region.
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
Looking for further inspiration? Great British Gardens and The Daffodil Society offer even more trail tips. Now you’re just in time to catch them, as they bloom from March through April.
Lake District calling? Stroll through the rolling landscape that inspired Wordsworth to write this famous poem:
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
– William Wordsworth
DAFF OR LENT LILY?
Think of Easter and right up there with bouncy bunnies, fluffy chicks, straw baskets and hunting for chocolate eggs are golden daffodils. They are the definitive Easter flower, captured beautifully in the original name for wild daffodil, ‘Lent lily’. Delve even deeper into its Latin name, ‘Narcissus pseudonarcissus’ (trips off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and it stems from the legend of Narcissus and his love of… well, himself. You can see the connection, as the wild daffodil’s trumpet-shaped cup or corona is angled downwards, like their Greek namesake gazing into a glassy pool. How vain!
TAKE A CULTURE BREAK
When you’ve walked for miles, you too may start to wander lonely as a cloud. Now is the time to flop down on the grass, take in the gentle breeze and pause for thought over a pick-me-up. Slip off your backpack and tuck into your stash of Nibbly Pots – from crunchy pretzels to munchy malt balls and pillowy marshmallows. Made for sharing, your travelling companion will thank you for them.
MARCH LIKE A MAYAN WARRIOR
Need inspiration to get a move on again after your reverie? Mayan warriors would march all day fuelled by a bag of cocoa beans not wholly unlike our Vietnam Velvet Beans – though perhaps without the added oomph of our 65% Supermilk! Alternatively, get a little lift from our Saint Lucian Cocoa Nibs, from cocoa grown and fermented on our own Rabot Estate. With a spiced, nutty flavour, these nibs can be used in cooking or nibbled to keep you marching on – and on, and on…
Once you’ve worn out those wellies, how about a rest? Take a moment watching the clouds float by and share your best golden daffodil snaps on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – we’d love to see them! Happy Easter, and enjoy the daffs!