Grassington Meadows, Wharfedale

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The small market town of Grassington is the main town and tourist centre in Upper Wharfedale, it is also home to some spectacular hay meadows.

Meadows on the Grassington Park Estate have a very wide range of wildflowers and grasses, including Great Burnet, Lady’s Mantle, Common Knapweed, Eyebright, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Water Avens, Meadowsweet, Wood Crane’s-bill, Cat’s-ear, Melancholy Thistle, Sneezewort, Wood Anemone, Sweet Vernal-grass and Quaking Grass. These meadows are in the grounds of what was Grassington Hospital. The buildings became derelict and were demolished in 1996 to make way for new housing and the meadows are now cared for by residents.

The best time to visit a meadow is in June, as most of the wildflowers will be flowering by then. Meadows provide winter fodder for livestock so please stay on the public rights of way and walk in single file (there is no ‘right to roam’ through meadows). You can join us for our Grassington Meadow Walk on 17 June 2014. This pretty 3 mile walk around Grassington takes in Linton Falls, the River Wharfe and beautiful wildflower hay meadows. See the Get Involved pages of our website for more information and other events like this.   

Download the Grassington Meadows Walk Guide
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Species to spot: Great Burnet, Lady’s Mantle, Common Knapweed, Eyebright, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Water Avens, Meadowsweet, Wood Crane’s-bill, Cat’s-ear, Melancholy Thistle, Sneezewort, Wood Anemone, Sweet Vernal-grass and Quaking Grass.



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