"In the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales are some of the best traditional hay meadows in Britain. Swaledale is a stunningly picturesque valley where traditional hay-farming methods have been maintained – no doubt partly on account of the often steep terrain. Locally bred Swaledale sheep leave the meadows in May and return after the grass has been cut in July. This annual routine preserves the golden tapestry of meadow buttercups, threaded with orchids, melancholy thistles and pignut."
- Quote from the Guardian newspaper.