Where is this walk?

Waterfalls above Askrigg

June 7, 2018

There is a beautiful series of waterfalls above Askrigg. A short wooded walks climbs the slopes above the village. Return via the farm lane which has lovely views across Wensleydale.

The Walk

I found that there are three distinct stages on this walk to the waterfalls above Askrigg. First the climb through the woods next to Mill Gill. This brought us to a lovely picnic spot above Mill Gill Force and two distinctive waterfalls. However it is the pretty woodland which I found particularly impressive. It is a place to explore the various paths heading in to the woods with their old, knarley trees, spring flowers and sun dappled grasses.

After we had nearly drowned Mist in one of the deeper pools we emerged at the top of Straights Lane and the excellent views down Wensleydale were spread before us. The second segment of the walk is a relaxing stroll back to the village and the final stage of the walk. The final stage involves exploring the pretty village of Askrigg. Askrigg was made famous as the setting for Darrowby and the vet’s house used in the original series of All Creatures Great and Small. However it is also a lovely village, with a splendid church and cobbled side streets. Here hand knotters and clock makers used to ply their trade.

Recommend

A lovely walk all year. However the amazing Hay Meadows mean this walk is best done late May and June.

Navigation Tips above Askrigg

The footpath stays close to the river on its climb. There is one point where it leaves and continues alongside a fence but soon returns to the trees next to the waterfall.

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