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We certainly picked the right weekend to visit Aysgarth falls. On previous occasions I can't say I have been particularly impressed with the falls but this time, wow!! Furious brown water hurling over the limestone steps of the River Ure in full spate. Not to be missed.There are three named falls, upper, lower and middle, on a half mile stretch of...more
Bolton Castle sits on its own on a fellside, visible for miles in Wensleydale (click on the picture). The castle was built by one of the Lords of the Scrope family in the 1380s and looks like a fortress but was actually used to live in. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for some months and when she escaped, she lost a scarf which is the...more
Next to the falls is a National Park centre. These exist here and there throughout the Dales and have a small but interesting exhibition on flora and fauna in the Yorkshire Dales. They also sell maps, books, clothes and other souvenirs from the park. The centre here in Aysgarth also has a cafe as it is away from a major village.more
There are three falls in Aysgarth and you can visit them all. If you click on my fourth picture you can see ducks going on a waterslide - children love to watch that and much more here, such as the strange holes created by the water (fifth picture). These pictures are all from the Upper falls which has an excellent grassy bank to picnic in. There...more
Aysgarth's Church is a delightful little countryside church on a hill overlooking the mill and near the waterfalls and there has been a church on the site since the year 1000. Just strolling around here for a few hours enjoying life would be perfectly possible but sadly I was trying to catch that elusive bus.more
Whilst you are staying at aysgarth you will probably take at least one visit the Hawes , a short drive away. Hawes is the highest village in yorkshire (apparently) and is an ideal place to spend a day, particularly if the weather is bad as there is lots to do undercover, The wesleydale creamery, where you can watch the famous wenslydale cheese...more
Whilst in the Aysgarth area you must visit Castle Bolton, however leave your furry freind at home as dogs are not allowed access to the castle.Castle Bolton ( not to be confused with Bolton Abbey near skipton) is one of the best preserved castles in the country, there is a small fee for entrance to the castle which has exhilbitions and tearooms...more
Here's those other falls I was on about, furher upstream on the river (its the river Ure by the way, despite being in Wensleydale - this dale is not named for the river).The walk went from Aysgarth falls over the (gentle) hills towards Woodhall & Newbiggin before returning to Aysgarth.more
As I said earlier - there are some nice walks starting from Aysgarth Falls. Best thing is to buy a local guide book or the right Ordnance Survey sheet. We did a lovely circular walk here one time that went over the hilss and joined up at the river a few miles upstream and then more or less followed the course of the river back, and there were some...more
There is an old mill from 1784 (rebuilt in the 19th century after a fire) by the Upper waterfall which has a tea room also selling ice cream. I never had time to visit it (those buses!) but I have no doubt it was as good as many others and the location is very cosy if also touristy. It is one of the oldest countryside industrial sites so it is a...more
These tea rooms are not located in aysgarth, they are a short drive away in Hawes-the chances are that if you are staying in the aysgarth area you will visit Hawes at least once.Laburnam house is also a bed & breakfast, but I have only eaten at their tea rooms I have never stayed there, although they seem very friendly and are centrally...more
A good standard hotel/pubserving excellent food.You can eat outside (although you are practically sat on the road if you do this), in the bar where there is a large number of tables set aside for eating , or you can go through to the "beer garden", dogs are allowed in the beer garden , but not in the bar lounge. If you are a resident at the hotel...more
Chances are you'll be travelling to Aysgarth Falls by car. If you do then the best car park is the one in which the information centre and cafe are located. It costs a couple of pounds, but is well worth it - and you cna also go for a wander with the car park as a base, as it's unlikely that you'll spend a couple of hours gazing at the falls...more
Well yes, public transport does exist. Just make sure you plan your day and don't miss the last bus...oh, and be prepared to squeeze in with the others in a Royal Mail postbus :))) Most buses between Leyburn and Hawes stop here it's just that there are so few of them. Check the website below for exact times as they vary depending on season. Those...more
Luggage and bags:
any bag is suitable
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good walking boots, waterproof jacket etc plus some casual clothes and comfy shoes for sightseeing
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Blister treatments and a small first aid kit to treat cuts / scrapes/ insect bites and bramble scratches.
Photo Equipment: lots and lots of film or plenty of digital storage, there is so much stunning scenery to take photos of.
Miscellaneous: Your furry friend will need , dog blanket, dog bed, water bowl and food bowl. two towels (one for in the hotel after his shower and one for in the car after his walk), an excellent piece of kit is a folding water bowl which folds flat to go in your pocket and then pops up into a small bowl so fido can have a drink whenever neccessary. If you furry friend is an elderly small dog like Oz a dog transporter (like a baby carrier but for dogs) is a good idea-especially if you like going for long walks
A great walk from Aysgarth is to Bolton castle, however once you get to the castle ,dogs are not allowed in, unfortunately we didnt know this until we had walked the 4 or 5 miles to the castle-so we had to walk another 4 miles back before we could have our tea and cakes!The walk is reasonably straightforward apart from a short stretch that is...more