Grassington meadows, Wharfedale

The small market town of Grassington is the main town and tourist centre in Upper Wharfedale, it is also home to some spectacular hay meadows. 

Meadows on the Grassington Park Estate have a very wide range of wildflowers and grasses, including Great Burnet, Lady’s Mantle, Common Knapweed, Eyebright, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Water Avens, Meadowsweet, Wood Crane’s-bill, Cat’s-ear, Melancholy Thistle, Sneezewort, Wood Anemone, Sweet Vernal-grass and Quaking Grass. These meadows are in the grounds of what was Grassington Hospital. The buildings became derelict and were demolished in 1996 to make way for new housing and the meadows are now cared for by residents.

Grassington meadows walk

The best time to visit a meadow is in June, as most of the wildflowers will be flowering by then. Bear in mind that hay cutting usually starts around mid July depending on the weather. Meadows provide winter fodder for livestock so please stay on the public rights of way and walk in single file (there is no ‘right to roam’ through meadows). 

Download the Grassington meadows walk guide

Species to spot: Great Burnet, Lady’s Mantle, Common Knapweed, Eyebright, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Water Avens, Meadowsweet, Wood Crane’s-bill, Cat’s-ear, Melancholy Thistle, Sneezewort, Wood Anemone, Sweet Vernal-grass and Quaking Grass.

Help save our precious wildflower meadows. Give a Living Bouquet wildflower gift for only £25.

Bee Orchid at Grassington Hospital meadows
Bee Orchid at Grassington Hospital meadows

 

Check out our handy Hay Meadow Species Guide available to buy from our shop for only £2