Hay Time is an ambitious project that aims to save our disappearing species-rich hay meadows, grasslands and the wildlife they support.
Find out about some of our most spectacular species-rich hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland – and discover them for yourself with our walk guides with options to suit all ages and abilities.
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. And please remember meadows provide winter fodder for livestock so stay on the public rights of way and walk in single file (there is no ‘right to roam’ through meadows).
- Askrigg Bottoms meadows, Wensleydale
- Bell Sykes Coronation Meadows, Slaidburn
- Dentdale meadows
- Grassington meadows, Wharfedale
- Muker Coronation Meadows, Swaledale
- Yockenthwaite meadows, Langstrothdale
Flowers of the Dales Festival
This year is the 10th anniversary of Flowers of the Dales Festival, bringing hundreds more wonderful wildflower and nature events to venues across the Yorkshire Dales from March to October.
With guided walks, identification courses, art exhibitions, children's craft activities, bug hunts and 'grow wild' activities, you’ll find something for everyone!