Where is this walk?

Askrigg to Leyburn via Aysgarth Falls

September 23, 2018

The one way walk from Askrigg to Leyburn follows the River Ure down Wensleydale. Take the regular bus from Leyburn and enjoy such iconic sites as Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton.

The Walk

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) regularly and arrives in Askrigg approximately 40 minutes later every day except Sunday. The Dales bus runs on Sunday. Check the times.

Navigation Tips walking Askrigg to Leyburn

It is possible to keep to the river all the way but much more enjoyable to head up to Castle Bolton from Aysgarth Falls. The paths are better and the views great!

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