April is perhaps one of the best times of year to visit a special garden like those at Parcevall Hall near Appletreewick. You’ll find a range of beautiful scented spring-flowering shrubs and bulbs, and at this time of year you will avoid the crowds. Thorp Perrow Arboretum is also worth a visit at this time of year as it has one of the finest collections of daffodils in the North of England with many old and unusual varieties. They also offer free tea and cake for your mum on Mother’s Day!
The first summer warblers will be arriving this month in the woods of the Dales. Listen out for the distinctive call of the chiff chaff (just like its name) and the willow warbler’s melancholy song – a bit like a bowler running up to the cricket crease. If you’d like to learn more about bird song then see if you can find a local guided walk led by an expert in our What’s On section.