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Snowdrop Walks

On February 05
Categories: Outdoors Wildflowers

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!

William Wordsworth, To A Snowdrop, 1819

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