Highlights of Wensleydale

  • Pleasant section of riverside walking
  • Views over Wensleydale from Castle Bolton highway
  • Visit the castle, Aysgarth Falls and Carperby.

A long walk that really gets under the skin of Wensleydale. I headed off from Redmire a little unsure how far I would get and what route I would take. The route I ended up taking was excellent, if slightly by default. In particular I gambled on the stepping stones to the east of Aysgarth Falls being passable, they were not and looking at them I suspect they rarely are. Therefore I headed on to the crossing at Bolton Hall increasing the length of the walk but for the better.

The walk combines much which distinguishes Wensleydale from its neighbours; the frequent dramatic sites of Castle Bolton, lovely Carperby and Redmire as well as Aysgarth Falls. The River Ure is possibly the most attractive of the Dales rivers (the southern banks showing it to great effect including Aysgarth Falls itself) whilst the lovely bridleway that leads from Castle Bolton offers some great views of the walk to come.


Add the little circuit of the northern bank of the Falls and return for a cup of tea at the Visitor Centre…a perfect break for what is a long walk.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central. Buy Map
Start Point: SE 047914. There is some 'official' free parking in Redmire as you enter the village from the east. From here pass the Wheatsheaf Inn and head up the road to the public footpath heading directly for Castle Bolton.
Height to Climb: 290 ms (910 feet)
Terrain: Largely good to Carperby and along the south side of the River Ure. The only difficulty is picking your way from Carperby to the Falls.
Eating & Drinking: The cafe at the Visitor Centre at Aysgarth Falls is an excellent mid walk break and there are pubs in Redmire at the end and Carperby en route
Similar Walks Nearby: Penhill Beacon from West Witton
The Moors over Carlton
Askrigg, Aysgarth and Herriot Country
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