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Askrigg to Leyburn via Aysgarth Falls

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  • Bus from Leyburn to Askrigg
  • Wensleydale sits in the central Dales
  • Visit Askrigg, Aysgarth Falls & Castle Bolton

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There is so much to see in Wensleydale the biggest challenge is to filter the best from the rest. In my opinion Aysgarth Falls, Castle Bolton and the villages of Askrigg and Carperby are the best but many would want to include Hawes and Hardraw Falls. However to do everything in a day is really difficult and I wanted time to soak in the pleasures of the dale itself. Wensleydale is softer than the surrounding dales; the valley floor is open, the hills to north and south gentler and it is less influenced by its industrial past as a result. I must admit to enjoying Wensleydale most in Autumn and Spring with the lower light creating some wonderful colours and shadows.

Recommend: If you want to shorten the walk (save nearly 4 miles) and still include the best section pick up the bus at  Castle Bolton.

Transport: The 156/157 leaves Leyburn (Market Place) at 8.30, 9.40 or 11.40 and arrives in Askrigg approximately 40 minutes later every day except Sunday. On Sunday the 856 Dalesbus leaves at 10.03 and stops at Bainbridge, 1/2 a mile further on than Askrigg.

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Askrigg to Leyburn map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North 7 Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 949911. Leave Askrigg towards the east by the main road, just where the road bends right take the minor road (Low Gate) to the right and at the fork in 300 ms take the left one which soon turns in to a footpath.
Height to Climb: 223 ms (748 feet)
Terrain: The underfoot is a mixture of paths through fields, bridleway and some quiet road walking.
Eating & Drinking: Country Inns and pretty tea shops are part of the regular attractions along this walk - there are many on and just off the route, you should never go thirsty or hungry!
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