If you’re looking to connect with nature this summer then wildflower meadows in the rural Yorkshire Dales National Park are a good place to start. The rolling hills of the Dales speckled with an array of vibrant colours from the different species of flowers. One village’s wildflower meadows known as the “jewels in the crown” is particularly spectacular. Muker Meadows are a riot of wildflowers and wildlife.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) the hay meadows in the Northern Pennine Dales Meadows is rich in a variety of wildflowers perfect for a summer’s walk. You can enjoy such species as Wood Crane’s-bill, Melancholy Thistle, Yellow Rattle, Pignut, Lady’s Mantles, Rough Hawkbit, Cat’s-ear and Sweet Vernal Grass that litter the fields like a painter’s pallet.
You can follow the flagged footpath from the idyllic village of Muker and experience the quintessential Yorkshire village and the surrounding Dales meadows. The best time to see them is in June but they don’t start cutting until mid-July, so you can still see them this year if you act fast.
Muker is known as one of the best places to enjoy upland hay meadows, but be aware that you must stick to the public footbath as the meadows are protected. Enjoy Muker, the little Yorkshire glows as the sun appears from behind the clouds and lights up the colourful rainbow fields this summer before it’s too late.
If you are too late, you can still enjoy a beautiful walk in the Dales as the area has the amazing stone walls and rolling hills you come to expect from the area.
After you’ve taken pictures and enjoyed the peace and quiet in the unique wildflower meadows, head back into the village of Mucker and enjoy a nice ale at The Farmers Arm -a traditional Yorkshire Dales pub.
If you’d like to find out more information about Muker’s wildflower meadows, you can visit their website here.
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