Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth

Superb waterfalls walk


Route outline for walk ny186:

Aysgarth  -  Aysgarth Falls - High Force  -  The Herriot Way  -  Aysgarth Falls - Middle Force  -  Aysgarth Falls - Low Force  -  St Josephs Wood  -  Freeholders' Wood  -  Aysgarth



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

Aysgarth Falls comprise three flights of waterfalls on the River Ure as it descends through Wensleydale. High Falls can be is easily viewed from Yore Bridge by Yore Mill. Middle Falls and Lower Falls can be seen from well-managed paths and vantage points in Freeholders' Wood on the north bank of the river. All three are spectacular during or soon after wet weather, as thousands of litres of rushing water cascade over a series of broad limestone steps.

Aysgarth Falls comprise three flights of waterfalls on the River Ure as it descends through Wensleydale. High Falls can be is easily viewed from Yore Bridge by Yore Mill. Middle Falls and Lower Falls can be seen from well-managed paths and vantage points in Freeholders' Wood on the north bank of the river. All three are spectacular during or soon after wet weather, as thousands of litres of rushing water cascade over a series of broad limestone steps.

At High Force, the River Tees plunges 21m (70ft) over a near vertical cliff edge in two stages. After heavy rainfall the River Tees will also flow over the dry right-hand side channel creating two falls. The falls have been known to freeze in harsh winters , creating spectacular ice formations.

William Ruskin and William & Dorothy Wordsworth all visited and admired the Aysgarth Falls and the painter J M W Turner sketched the cascades during a tour of the North. High Falls and Middle Falls also featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

William Ruskin and William & Dorothy Wordsworth all visited the Aysgarth Falls and the painter J M W Turner sketched the cascades during a tour of the north. High Falls and Middle Falls were featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

National Trails & Long Paths included on this walk:

Part of this walk follows a section of The Herriot Way, an 88km (55 miles) circular footpath starting and finishing in Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire, England. The Herriot Way is waymarked by the occasional named post. For more walks that include a section of this trail see The Herriot Way.


You can find more walks near this one on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL30 Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central areas


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

98 Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth

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Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Aysgarth Lower Falls

Aysgarth Lower Falls

Photo: Wayne Hill (47)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Middle Force, Aysgarth Falls

Middle Force, Aysgarth Falls

Photo: Glynn Trueman (29)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Aysgarth Falls - Low Force

Aysgarth Falls - Low Force

Photo: Philip Hemsworth (19)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Aysgarth Falls - High Force

Aysgarth Falls - High Force

Photo: Philip Hemsworth (17)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Looking south from dismantled railway on the dge of St Josephs Wood

Looking south from dismantled railway on the dge of St Josephs Wood

Photo: Philip Hemsworth (16)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Aysgarth Falls in spate

Aysgarth Falls in spate

Photo: Susan Purver (1)

Walk ny186 Aysgarth Falls from Aysgarth - Aysgarth Falls - Middle Force

Aysgarth Falls - Middle Force

Photo: Philip Hemsworth (18)


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