Whether it’s the robust yet dainty native wild daffodil or a host of golden cultivars, these vivid flowers are one of the first signs that spring is truly under way.
Here is our pick of the best daffodil walks to enjoy this spring.
1. Butley, Suffolk
Daffodils at Butley in Suffolk Alamy
Fringed by Rendlesham Forest’s fir plantations, tiny Butley, and its fine display of wildflowers, is a delight to explore in April. The priory woods shine with daffodils, then bluebells across a long spring. Nearby is the extraordinary Staverton Thicks; ancient woodland with some of Europe’s oldest trees. www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org
2. Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Daffodils on the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Alamy
Lemony heads bob above golden sands and an azure sea on the sub-tropical archipelago of the Scillies. These fabulous flowers don’t all end up as florists’ bundles; countless escapee blooms riffle beside the myriad paths that hug the shorelines and crisscross the tiny islands, most notably St Martin’s and Tresco. visitislesofscilly.com
3. Arnside, Cumbria/Lancashire
Arnside, Cumbria/Credit: Alamy
Muscular hills of limestone hang above stunning Morecambe Bay, where spring sees the creeks, bays and inlets backlit with the bold trumpets of native narcissus. Extensive clumps and strands dapple the ash and hazel woods above the low silvery cliffs; head to Beachwood and Park Point on good paths from Arnside’s estuary-side prom. arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk
4. Farndale, North Yorkshire
Farndale’s daffs were planted by monks in the 12tch century/Credit: Alamy
Cistercian monks from nearby Rievaulx Abbey may have planted Farndale’s narcissi in the 12th century; or perhaps the blooms emerged naturally millennia ago. Whichever, this is one of England’s finest wildflower emergences; a botanic bucket-list essential. www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
5. Brodie Castle, Moray
Extensive daffodil collection in the grounds at Brodie Castle, near Forres in Moray Getty
This laird’s retreat is home to part of the National Collection of Daffodils. Over 100 different cultivars of lent lily – many bred here – nod their heads throughout the estate grounds, shrubbery and walled gardens cosseting the castle, with its notable art collection. Nearby are the Moray Firth’s endless beaches – and famed dolphins. www.nts.org.uk
6. Dymock, Gloucestershire
The pastures, woodlands and orchards of this peaceful corner of the Marches, known as the Golden Triangle, effervesce with diminutive wild daffies in spring. The 10-mile Daffodil Way threads from Dymock through the serene Vale of Leadon via Kempley’s ancient church. kempleytardis.org.uk
7. Brigsteer Woods, Cumbria
Wander among Brigsteer’s daffodils this spring Getty
Wordsworth’s famed daffs nod their heads to countless Lake District visitors beside Ullswater. Far more secret are the woods above the tiny village of Brigsteer, nestled amid limestone hills above the Lyth Valley and Morecambe Bay. Here, wild Lenten lilies (an old English name for a native wild daffodil) stud the wooded slopes of Brigsteer Park, succeeded by ramsons and bluebells in a profusion of spring colours. Four-mile walk through Brigsteer Woods.