Over the last fifty years 97% of meadows in the UK have been lost, putting hundreds of species of wildflowers and plants, bees, birds and other native wildlife at risk. Meadow Links aims to restore hay meadow habitats along our ecological networks – creating wildflower superhighways that will help wildlife move across the Yorkshire Dales landscape.
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
Flowers of the Dales Festival brings hundreds of 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!
The 2017 Festival has now finished, and we're busy planning our 10th Flowers of the Dales Festival for 2018. Watch this space for details of the 2018 Festival. For more information about advertising or promoting your events in the special 10th anniversary Festival programme or to have a look at this years programme follow the links below.