The three stepped waterfalls at Aysgarth have been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy visited Aysgarth Falls while they waited for their coach horses to be changed and Turner sketched them on a tour of the north. More recently they provided a dramatic setting for a scene from the Hollywood movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
There is a National Park Centre, cafe and car park at Aysgarth Falls. The National Park Authority owns Freeholders’ Wood Local Nature Reserve alongside the falls and there are several easy paths winding through it. In spring the wood is full of wood anemones and primroses. You may even be lucky enough to see Roe deer darting away into the shadows. In recent years Dormice have been reintroduced and they are thriving. They only come out at night so you are unlikely to see them but maybe you will hear them snoring if you are very very quiet.
The best time to visit
A top tip is to remember that the waterfalls are at their most dramatic after heavy rain as thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of broad limestone steps. Surrounded by forest and farmland, Aysgarth Falls cover almost one-mile as the River Ure makes its descent to mid-Wensleydale. Located in the Yorkshire Dales, near the village of Aysgarth.
Other Local Attractions near Aysgarth Falls
Located a short distance from Aysgarth Falls is The Forbidden Corner which is a great place to visit for any families with children.
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