A mystical cascade proudly roars in the far north of the Yorkshire Dales. The steady beating waters rhymically thunder in the little valley. The foaming water gurgles as it makes its way down the River Ure. The short December sunlight had almost faded, adding to the mystical atmosphere of Aysgarth Falls in winter.
One December afternoon we drove to the far north of the Yorkshire Dales National parks to see the beautiful Aysgarth Falls. We visited Aysgarth Falls and Cauldron Falls. The two dramatic water features are just a few miles apart meaning it is easy to visit both Aysgarth and Cauldron Falls in one day.
The village of Aysgarth
Our journey started in the small village of Aysgarth. There has been a settlement here since the bronze age. Nowadays, Aysgarth is home to around 180 people. After a lazy start to the
We drove through the village. Our little car went past the grade ii listed pub the The George and Dragon and down to the river Ure. We went over a very picturesque by Yore Mill and drove towards the Aysgarth Visitor Centre where we would start our day of chasing waterfalls.
Aysgarth Visitor Centre
Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre is conveniently located right next to the River Ure, just a couple of hundred meters away from the falls. The
From the car
Aysgarth Upper Falls
The River Ure flows through many valleys before entering the Aysgarth cascades. It flows quietly through the Wensleydale
Aysgarth is particular spectacular in winter. The recent rains provided a fantastic spectacle as the waters plummeted over the broad limestone steps.
The dramatic setting has attracted tourists for over hundreds of years and up to the present day. Around 200 years ago, the poet Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy visited the falls. In 1816 the artist Turner also visited, but more on his trip to the falls later on. The site has also enticed film crews to use the setting. The Crew of the feature film Robin Hood and the Price of Thieves used the Upper and Middle Falls to create dramatic fight scenes. On this cold December day, Alex & Anna from My Travel Scrapbook had also found their way to this lovely part of Yorkshire.
There were a few other walkers at Aysgarth Falls. A little boy stood near the edge holding his dad’s hand. His little wellington boots did not appear to provide much stability for him on the slippery rocks as he nervously wobbled. A few dog walkers were also around enjoying the last rays of the winter sun. Yet it did not feel overcrowded. We very much enjoyed walking around this pretty spot.
For more inspiration on where to walk in Yorkshire check out this post about hiking on Roseberry Topping.
In terms of what footwear to wear to Aysgarth Upper Falls in winter, we would recommend walking boots or wellingtons. Make sure you wear water-proof shoes as it was quite muddy underfoot. The terrain by the upper falls is much muddier than at the Lower Falls.
After we had spent a little while at the upper falls, we headed back towards the car park and continued towards the Middle Falls. To reach the next section of Aysgarth Falls we needed to walk through Freeholder’s Wood.
We passed through the pretty Freeholders’ wood. It was a little bare in the depth of winter, but you can imagine how spectacular the woods must be in spring. The forest floor will be a vibrant array of
Walking along this path we noticed how well maintained this trail was. In comparison to the path by the Upper Falls, the path through Freeholder’s Wood was not muddy at all. This was a perfect winter walk.
The Middle Falls and St Andrew’s Church
Aysgarth’s Middle Falls are best seen from a purpose-built viewpoint. The Middle Falls
Across the river stood a solitary church. St Andrew’s Church overlooks the Middle Falls as it has since Medieval times.
Aysgarth Lower Falls
Our final stop at Aysgarth was the Lower Falls. Stand as close as you dare to the roaring waters. In
Whilst we did not bring an aisle to paint what we saw we did take lots of photos of this chilly but sunny winter’s day. Whilst winter may not be the best time to take photos at Aysgarth Falls we were very impressed by the beauty around us.
Spend just an hour or so at Aysgarth taking in the lovely views and enjoy walking by the river and through the woods. There are many fantastic walks in the Yorkshire dales but make sure you add visiting Aysgarth Falls to your ultimate Yorkshire bucket list!
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