The Lent Lilies of Farndale

The River Dove meanders through the daffodil meadows of Farndale. On the west bank a yellow carpet, on the east a patchy display.  Altogether a bit disappointing.

Some say Wordsworth’s romantic poem in which Lucy lives an idyllic life near the springs of the Dove refers to this Farndale river:

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love;

It is well known that Wordsworth and his sister visited Rievaulx Abbey so this may not be so far fetched. But of course there are also River Doves in Derbyshire and Cumbria.

River Dove map


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