The snowdrops are blooming early this year on the Ford & Etal Estates. Take a stroll near Etal Castle to see great drifts of delicate blooms in the nearby copse. You'll also see snowdrops on Etal's riverside walk, where the eagle-eyed might spot some early primroses, as well as at Ford village. Snowdrops walks will be signed during the February half term 17th-21st February, 2020, outside these dates enjoy exploring unaided.
Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they But hardier far, once more I see thee bend Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend, Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay The rising sun, and on the plains descend; Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May Shall soon behold this border thickly set With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers; Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of fleeting years!