In between the hills of the Stiperstones and the Long Mynd sits Gatten Valley. With only a postcode for guidance, I followed the satnav, hoping it would take me to a field of daffodils. When it chimed “You have arrived at your destination”, I looked at the single-track lane in front of me and at the fields around us… No, no daffodils here. Not a single one. I drove on, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, going deeper into the wilds of Shropshire. Then, having passed through some trees, there was the daffodil field. Despite the seeming remoteness, we weren’t the only ones there. 10 cars were parked up.
Across the little bridge and through the wicket gate, 170,000 daffodils have been planted to create The Gatten Valley Daffodil Field. A sign gently prompts visitors to make a donation in aid of Marie Curie. Just over the little bridge, a couple of daffodils have been carved into the side of a tree stump.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many daffodils in one place. Swathes of daffodils covered the field. Such a beautiful sight to see and a wonderful idea. Birdsong provided a fitting backing track whilst we enjoyed our surroundings.
Despite the number of cars parked up, there were very few people around. Most must have gone walking or hiking, though a family was picnicking by the stream. When we first got there we said we should have taken a picnic and had our lunch there. Maybe next time.
It was lovely to have a walk around the daffodils (and take a few photos, of course) and it was well worth the drive. I’m sure we’ll go again next year.