Best snowdrop walks in Northern Ireland
While enjoying the best walks near you, let pockets of snowdrops provide the perfect pick-me-up. Traditionally the first flower of winter, this hardy little bloom thrives in frosty ground. A symbol of hope and consolation, it will make a sight for sore eyes this year. Whether on a woodland walk, riverside ramble or garden stroll, spotting snowdrops at our places near you will be a welcome sign that brighter days are on their way.
When planning your walk, please remember to follow the latest government guidance, stay local and exercise close to home.
Did you know?
- Part of the Amaryllidaceae family, the scientific name for the snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis. This is coined from the Greek words "gala", which means milk, and "anthos" which means flower. Second part of the name, "nivalis", originates from Latin language and it means snow.
- Snowdrops grow in well-drained, fertile soil and habitats which provide full or partial sunlight.
- This hardy perennial plant can survive more than two years in the wild and can be spotted growing in abundance from early January through to March.
- There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop.
- Snowdrops are threatened because of the uncontrolled collecting of plants from the wild. Some species of snowdrops are listed as vulnerable or even endangered.
- Snowdrops have a naturally occurring substance in them called galantamine. This is sold as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease under the name of Reminyl.