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12 photographs that capture the true beauty of Muker

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 July 2017

Buttercups in Muker Meadows by Gordon Ratcliffe

Buttercups in Muker Meadows by Gordon Ratcliffe

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Does Muker have the finest meadows in the UK?

There are many wildflower locations across the country that are maintained by the Wildlife Trust and can be considered as the finest, including Carr House Meadows in Sheffield.

However, the hay meadows at Muker in the Yorkshire Dales are protected as part of the Muker Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Northern Pennine Dales Meadows Special Area of Conservation. You can find orchids, lady’s mantle, cat’s ear and wood crane’s bill, as well as fields of buttercups, the traditional way the fields were swathed in seas of gold before the arrival of the commercially grown rapeseed.

Swaledale is one of the most popular dales to visit with the national park, it’s ideal for walking and with villages such as Reeth, Thwaite and Muker, it’s easy to see why visitors flock here every year.

In fact, the area around Muker lies on the Northern Dalesman bus route, dubbed the prettiest bus journey in Britain and the subject of a two hour documentary a few years ago.

Why don’t you upload your photos of Muker to the Yorkshire Life reader photo gallery?

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