Askrigg, Aysgarth & Herriot Country

  • Famous sites of Wensleydale
  • Pretty riverside walking
  • Views over the famous dale

No other walk sums up the Yorkshire Dales, and Wensleydale in particular, better than a high level tramp between Aysgarth Falls and the village of Askrigg with a riverside return. The higher level section passes under a limestone scar whilst following  a series of good tracks whilst the character of the River Ure is experienced on the low land section. Aysgarth Falls (Upper and Lower) is the star but there are long stretches of peaceful riverside walking as the river meanders along the valley floor.

A few things stood out for me when I completed a glorious summer’s day circular. My favourite stretch of the walk was a hidden valley above the village of Woodhall, out of sight from the main valley the open walking is some of the best in the Dales. I always enjoy exploring the village of Carperby and trying to discover the best route from here to Aysgarth Falls whilst my inquisitive mind enjoyed the section along the Old Railway. Would it be ever possible to open again? Yes probably, but we need a friendly millionaire!

Recommend: Its a long walk anyway but t is possible to extend it to include Castle Bolton, The extension of the walk ( refer to the map) from Carperby does however give good views of the Castle.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North Buy Map
Start Point: SD 951912. Best park in the car park at the top (east) of the village (Honesty Box). Walk towards the centre west for a few metres till the road turns sharply, take the right road up hill. There is a path heading off on your right.
Height to Climb: 320 ms (1050 feet)
Terrain: The section to the west of Aysgarth Falls is a bit tricky to follow but in general the walking is good, onthe upland section excellent.
Eating & Drinking: Askrigg has plenty of places to eat and drink whilst a mid walk break (and you may need it) at the Wheatsheaf in Caperby or the cafe at Aysgarth Falls would be perfect.
Similar Walks Nearby: West Scrafton & Colsterdale
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