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Aysgarth Falls and Freeholder's Wood

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Aysgarth Falls and Freeholder's Wood is a 4.2 kilometer loop trail located near Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, England that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

4.2 km
79 m

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





historic site

This is a circular walk from the village of Aysgarth in Wensleydale within the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. The walk takes in a woodland nature reserve and rolling farmland, with lovely views of Bolton Castle, plus one of the most spectacular attractions within the Dales, Aysgarth Falls within the River Ure. The triple-flight waterfalls of High Force, Middle Force and Lower Force stretch over a one-mile length of the river, a spectacular sight especially after periods of wet weather when thousands of gallons of water cascade over a series of broad limestone steps. The falls have grabbed the attention of many cultural icons for more than 200 years, from Wordsworth to Turner and even a Hollywood film director. The walk includes a few steady gradients but there are no steep sections. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and flights of steps, but there are no stiles on route. There is a road crossing at the start and end of the walk that needs care. You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep, so take care with dogs. The viewing rock platform for Lower Force is open to the rocky river edge, so take extra care with children and dogs here too. Access to Lower and Middle Force is free of charge, but a small donation is requested to visit High Force (you can exclude this visit if you would prefer not to pay). Allow 1.5 hours.

18 days ago

very nice, clear water

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