There is really only one time in the year to get the most from this walk and that is March and early April when the daffodils are in bloom. Starting at Dymock the route passes through a patch of wild Gloucestershire known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, named for the famous carpets of wild daffodils. In times gone by people used to travel from all over the country by train to see and pick these daffodils to sell. The railway has long closed, but the track bed is just to the west as you follow the Daffodil Way south from Dymock.
You will pass underneath the M50 motorway using the old railway track bed and shortly afterwards you will reach Betty Daw’s Wood, a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. This ancient semi-natural woodland is transformed into a truly spectacular golden sea of wild daffodils and it is worth a diversion from the main route to walk around this wood.
Leaving Betty Daw’s Wood re-join the route along a lane which again crosses the M50 motorway and passes through Dymock Wood to Kempley Green, the other village associated with the daffodil extravaganza. The route then crosses fields to Fishpool and follows a lane as far as Kempley Brook where a path on the right takes the route alongside the bank of the brook, providing a delightful waterside walk. There is then another short lane section before a path heading east through Allums Gorove wood, past Allum’s Farm and back to Dymock.The route is waymarked and shown on OS Explorer maps.
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