The Flowers of the Dales Guided Walk that took place on Saturday 6th July was a resounding success with twenty seven people taking part.
It was a glorious day and participants had the opportunity to look for and identify flowers in verges, woodland, moorland, pasture and meadows as they walked between Keld and Muker following the River Swale.
Len Shepherd and his team from the Yoredale Natural History Society proved to be invaluable guides, expertly helping people to identify over ninety different species of flower.
The walk passed through the famous Muker hay meadows, rich with flower and herb. These hay meadows have recently been granted Coronation status. Seed will be gathered from the meadows and used to replenish land, that due to modern farming methods, no longer produce flowers naturally.
Participants came from all over the north of England; some making the journey specially, some already being in the dale on holiday. Here are some of their comments:
'Lovely walk, very relaxed and friendly.'
Very pleasant and informative walk. Beautiful weather.'
Added names to the unknown flowers I often see. Much appreciated and adds to my enjoyment of this lovely place.'
'Beautiful countryside. Friendly and informative guides. Lovely day.'
The Keld Resource Centre committee would like to express their thanks and appreciation to
Len Shepherd and his team from The Yoredale Natural History Society for making this event possible.