So following on from the last blog, a walk from the National Park Visitor Centre at Aysgarth Falls. A good place to set off from as there is plenty of parking, if this car park should be full then cross over Yore Bridge and park in the Falls Coffee House and Gift Shop car park on Church Bank. Both car parks have a café there and don’t forget there is always the Mill Race Tea Shop at the bridge. I often call for an ice cream there if I’m walking that way which seems to be quite often, I wonder why?
This walk will be about five miles, if that, very much easy going with, of course, amazing views as you go along. Much of the walk you will walk along the side of the river Ure and eventually cross over into open pasture via stepping stones. If the water is too high, my next blog will be a walk to go past here and round another way back to Aysgarth Falls. As always, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, take plenty of snacks and water, GPS, map and pop in your compass just in case. If you’re nervous over stepping stones take your walking poles but the stones are quite large.
Having parked, which ever side of the river Ure you’re on, make your way to the front of St Andrew’s church, don’t forget to have a peek in if you’ve time, a wonderful church steeped in history. Then take the path along the south side of the church in an easterly direction. Follow this path through fields, woods and alongside the river, a really pretty walk, coming out eventually at Hestholme Bridge. Cross over the bridge and walk a few yards along the road looking out for a path off to the left by the metal gate. Through here, over a couple of fields, through the little wood behind Adam Bottoms and soon you’re through another stile with, on your left, the stepping stones. Careful……. But quite passable if you don’t go over when the water is high, do not take any risks. After carefully negotiating the stones follow the path, northwards, over a foot bridge and coming out onto Thoresby Lane, left here, west.
Continue on along the path, it’s quite well marked but keep an eye on the map or GPS and eventually you will come out in Carperby. Stop here for lunch at The Wheatsheaf Inn or whatever if you wish, always a warm welcome at the Wheatsheaf. When you’re ready pick up the walk again, there are quite a few paths south from Carperby but try to come out onto Low Lane, walk along to the road down to Aysgarth Falls but cross over to go through the stile which will take you down to the falls and your vehicle.
We have lots of lovely Country Hideaways holiday cottages in Wensleydale, come an enjoy this walk but also wander round Aysgarth Falls, the church, the tea rooms, the Yore Mill Craft and Gallery Shop. You’ll have plenty of time as this is not an all day walk. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice or of course do book online if you prefer.
Very much looking forward to hearing from you!
Written By Nadine Bell