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Kings Arms, Askrigg

Yorkshire Dales, England

Discover why the acclaimed Aysgarth Falls are so popular

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jul 24, 2015
The Aysgarth Falls
The Aysgarth Falls

The Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales are formed where a mile-long section of the River Ure tumbles over a series of naturally formed, broad limestone steps. The area is surrounded by forest and farmland and is beautiful for walking.

Though not extremely high, the falls are wide and picturesque and you may recognise them from that famous scene with Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. They are particularly spectacular in wet weather when the water cascades down the broad steps in great sheets. This beautiful spot has received attention from the likes of Ruskin, Turner and poet William Wordsworth. The latter, along with his sister Dorothy, explored the area before staying in the pretty village of Askrigg in 1799 on their way to Grasmere.

A National Park Visitor Centre is situated near to Aysgarth Falls in the ancient Freeholders Wood and has parking, toilets and a café. It provides an excellent base for the walks in the surrounding area, you can pick up a walks leaflet or just follow the signs to the Falls and viewing areas.

Stroll along the River Ure and get down to the water at the lower falls to climb among the rocks and have a paddle. The walks are popular for the wildflowers that grow there and the wildlife you are likely to glimpse. There are a number of routes that wind through the surrounding woodlands, one pretty lengthy circular trail will lead you past the Falls and the stunning Bolton Castle, a medieval ruin that sits a short distance to the north. See the route guide here. Alternatively head to the website here to find out a bit more and see some of the other walks in the area.

Stay in Askrigg and discover the charming natural surroundings for yourself. Follow the link below. 


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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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