6 places to view snowdrops in Yorkshire
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Enjoy early signs of spring with dazzling displays of a classic flower
Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough
The spectacular display of snowdrops in 17th-century Goldsborough Hall’s 11-acre royal gardens are made up of two species – single snowdrops Galanthus nivalis and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’. The Species Snowdrop Walk, created in 2012 with help from experts Mike Heagney and Della Kerr, both committed galanthophiles, features over 40 rare varieties of snowdrops in a newly cleared area of the woods – some so rare they haven’t yet been named.
▪️6th & 20th February - Snowdrop Sundays
▪️7th - 21st February - Open Gardens to see the Snowdrops
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon
Walk on a white carpet of snowdrops as you explore the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breath-taking views. This World Heritage Site, cared for by the National Trust, is set in 323 hectares of beautiful countryside and offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the range of England’s heritage and natural beauty.
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield
Every February, millions of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent white carpet across the woodland floor at Burton Agnes Hall, the Cunliffe-Lister’s Elizabethan family home. ‘Our snowdrop walk makes a truly memorable day out at the end of a long winter,’ says Simon Cunliffe-Lister. ‘The beautiful little flowers are such a welcome sight, and grow in numbers each year. This biblical symbol of hope reminds us that winter eventually gives way to spring, and announces the new season.’
The 2022 snowdrop season runs from February 5 to March 6.
Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster
The snowdrops are a sight not to be missed at Brodsworth Hall. As well as over half a million of the little white flowers, over 200,000 aconites burst up through the frosty ground all around the garden in February.
Kiplin Hall, Richmond
Follow the Snowdrop Trail through the gardens and inspiring lakeside setting of Kiplin Hall near Scorton, Richmond. The swathes of snowdrops in February are soon joined by their yellow ‘fellows’, the aconites, throughout the spring. Kiplin Hall was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of the state of Maryland, USA. The hall and gardens re-open after the winter break from February 4.
Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton
The woodland surrounding this unusual monastery is the ideal snowdrop setting. And it’s as good a reason to discover more about this lesser known English Heritage site. The crumbling masonry and open grassland have become home to a collection of wildlife that has taken advantage of what previous owners, including the monks, left behind. The priory stoats which inhabit the passages under Mount Grace are possibly the best-known colony of stoats in Yorkshire and even the British Isles.
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