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Farndale is located in North Yorkshire
 Farndale shown within North Yorkshire
Population approx 200
OS grid reference SE673952
District Ryedale
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO62 7
Dialling code 01751
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Thirsk and Malton (formerly Ryedale)
List of places

Coordinates: 54°20′47″N 0°57′54″W / 54.3463°N 0.965°W / 54.3463; -0.965

Farndale is a valley located in the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire, England. The nearest town is Kirkbymoorside located some 5 miles to the south. Pickering is some 13 miles to the south-east and Helmsley 12 miles to the south-west. Farndale is surrounded by some of the wildest moorland in England, and is sandwiched between Bransdale and Rosedale. To the north-east sits Blakey Ridge at over 400 m above sea level, and to the north-west, Cockayne Ridge reaching up to 454 m above sea level is one of the highest points of the North York Moors. Around the north of Farndale, between Bloworth Crossing and Blakey is the track bed of the old Rosedale Ironstone Railway (Rosedale Branch) which forms part of two Long Distance Footpaths these being Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk and The Lyke Wake Walk.

Farndale is a scattered agricultural community with traditional Yorkshire dry stone walls. The valley is popular with walkers due to its famous wild daffodils, which can be seen around Easter time all along the banks of the River Dove. To protect the daffodils the majority of Farndale north of Lowna was created a Local Nature Reserve in 1955.

Farndale is home to two hamlets - Church Houses at the top of the valley and Low Mill further down. Low Mill is a honeypot during daffodil season as this is where the famous daffodil walk begins.

The annual Farndale Agricultural Show which is held on the Summer Bank Holiday Monday in Late August is a popular local event. The 100th Show was held in 2006[1]

South of Lowna on the Gillamoor to Hutton-le-Hole road, Farndale becomes Douthwaite Dale.

Around the head of Farndale ran the Rosedale Branch railway en route from Battersby to Rosedale supporting iron ore mining on the moors.


Farndale has politically split into 2 Civil Parishes along the course of the River Dove with Farndale East Parish Council responsible for the eastern side including Church Houses and Farndale West Parish Meeting looking after the western side including Low Mill.

The 2nd tier of Local Government is Ryedale District Council and the third tier North Yorkshire County Council, historically being part of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Farndale is part of the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency and the Yorkshire and Humber European Parliamentary constituency.

Local Nature Reserve[edit]

The Farndale Local Nature Reserve constitutes the majority of Farndale, which is a dale within the North York Moors National Park. It was created in 1955 to protect the wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus), for which the dale is famed.


  1. ^ "Centenary show is the biggest and best yet". Gazette & Herald. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 

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