Aysgarth Upper Falls

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls are a very well known set of waterfalls on the River Ure in Wensleydale, located at the village of Aysgarth towards the eastern end of the dale.  There are three sets of falls over a stretch of river of just under 1 mile where the river falls over a series of limestone steps.  Whilst none of the falls are a great height, the volume of water flowing over the falls makes for an impressive sight, especially when the river is in spate.

The falls were used in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves where Robin fights against Little John.  At the time of filming, the water level must have been very low, as normally the falls would be too dangerous to attempt try to cross.

Location and Parking

Post Code: DL8 3TH

The main road through Wensleydale is the A684.  Half a mile east of the village of Aysgarth, at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel, turn North onto a minor road called Church Bank.  There are two car parks for the falls, one is immediately after this turning at the Falls Coffee House, the other is at the Visitor Centre, which is reached by descending to the river, crossing the bridge and continuing a few yards on the opposite bank.  Both car parks are Pay and Display. From the Visitor Centre car park, paths set off upstream to the Upper Falls and downstream to the Middle and Lower Falls.

The ground around the Upper Falls is quite open, allowing plenty of variation in composing shots.  The Middle Falls can only be viewed from the viewing platform.  At the Lower Falls, the path forms a loop which leads to the top of the Falls, however by continuing downstream on a minor path, it is possible to climb down onto the limestone pavements for views of the Falls from below.

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