Waterfalls above Askrigg

  • Riverside walk with waterfalls
  • Great views down Wensleydale
  • Village where James Herriott filmed

I found that there are 3 distinct stages to this walk from Askrigg. Climbing through the woods next to Mill Gill 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, knarly trees, ideal for an 11 year old and a 6 year old to have a play in.

After we had nearly drowned Mist in one of the deeper pools we suddenly emerged at the top of Straights Lane and the excellent views down Wensleydale were spread before us. It is a relaxing stroll back to the village and the third stage of the walk – exploring pretty Askrigg! Askrigg was made famous as the setting for Darrowby and the vet’s house used in All Creatures Great and Small but aside from this it is a lovely village, with a splendid church and cobbled side streets where once hand knotters and clock makers plied their trade.

Recommend: A lovely walk all year the splendid Hay Meadows mean this walk is best done late May and June.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL30 Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SD 950911. There is free parking to the east of the village. Walk past the lane to the north of the church which leads to the falls.
Height to Climb: 130ms (426 feet)
Terrain: Good paths and tracks throughout. There is a number of paths in the woods but keep aiming up steam and you will not go wrong.
Eating & Drinking: There is a good choice of traditional pubs and tea shops in Askrigg. The King's Arms was the setting for the Drovers in 'All Creatures Great & Small'.
Similar Walks Nearby: A Wensleydale Highway
Discovering Aysgarth Falls
Lands of Castle Bolton
Places to Stay:


Thornton Lodge, WensleydaleBolton Arms, Redmire