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Farndale April 2009.jpg
Farndale is located in North Yorkshire
Farndale shown within North Yorkshire
Population 207 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE673952
Civil parish
  • Farndale East
  • Farndale West
Shire county
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
List of places
54°20′47″N 0°57′54″W / 54.3463°N 0.965°W / 54.3463; -0.965Coordinates: 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 11 miles to the south. Pickering is some 17 miles to the south-east and Helmsley 17 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. The population of the civil parish of Farndale West was 207 in 2011.

Farndale is an isolated, 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 3 hamlets – Church Houses and High Mill at the top of the valley and Low Mill further down. Low Mill is a tourist 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.[2]

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


In the past Farndale was split into two 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. Since April 2018 a joint Farndale Parish Council was formalised under a grouping order and now represents the interests of all residents in Farndale.

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.

Daffodils in Farndale.jpg

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. The Local Nature reserve comprises the larger part of the Farndale Site of Special Scientific Interest which comprises 157.3 Ha / 388.8 ac.[3]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Farndale West Parish (1170217236)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Centenary show is the biggest and best yet". Gazette & Herald. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Farndale SSSI" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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