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Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth, Yorkshire

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A triple flight of waterfalls, carved out by the River Ure over nearly a one-mile stretch on its descent to mid-Wensleydale. The falls are quite spectacular during wet weather, as thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of broad limestone steps. They are spectacular all year round and there a numerous opportunities for taking photographs along them. During the summer months when there is not as much water going over them with care you can descend down onto the rocks and get a closer view of the river and falls as they cascade over the rocks. They are not big drop falls, but a cascading set over a long stretch of the river, but gallons of water cascade over the limestone steps.. The woodland walk to the lower parts of the falls makes it a nice location to visit and explore.

The upper fall has been featured in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. As well as being able to get close to the edge of the river and the area which is well known in the film, from the road bridge you can also get views of the larger fall which send the water down into the meandering river below and under the road.

Nearby there is a Yorkshire Dales National Park Information Centre and in here you can park the car and from here access the signposted walks which wind through the wooded gorge.

In addition to the falls, there are walks which wind through the wooded valley, some an easy stroll, while others a little more challenging, offering views of the river and falls. There is also a circular walk which brings you back to where you started. Wild flowers appear in the spring and summer like bluebells, primroses and wood anemones, and wild birds, squirrels and deer may also be seen.

  The Middle Falls See Larger Image

  Bridge overlooking
the top falls
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  The area of Top Falls
where Robin met Little John
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Further information Grid


Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth, Wensleydale, Yorkshire

Ceremonial County: Yorkshire

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Aerial photo: Google Aerial showing all 3 falls



Best Times to Visit:

All year round, although probably more impressive after some rain.




Aysgarth National Park Info Centre

Other useful websites:


Nearby Locations: Hardraw Force
Other Relevant pages: Waterfall Section


Planning Grid


Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth, Wensleydale, Yorkshire

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Getting there:

Off the A684 on the eastern edge of the village of Aysgarth.


Woodland walks from car park.


Parking at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre including Disabled parking.


view platforms available above each of the 3 waterfalls. Information centre and shop, coffee shop, toilets.

Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Waterfalls, woodland walks, flora and fauna.

What to take:

wide angle and telephoto lenses, polarizer, good walking books.

Nature highlights:



Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre







01969 662910

Opening times:

Open access all day. Also boasts well-signposted walks.



Photo Restrictions:


Other Restrictions:  
Special Needs Access: Good access to middle Falls where there is a wheelchair friendly path and viewing platform. Upper falls is accessible only for users with greater mobility. Oak and stone art works designed for children and people with a visual impairment.
Special Needs Facilities: Disabled parking. Toilets
Children Facilities: Oak and stone art works designed for children
Dogs Allowed:  

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Page Ref: aysgarth Topic: Waterfalls Last Updated: 01/2012

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