The weather may have been a bit inclement last Tuesday but our walking group still had a most enjoyable walk from Carperby through the fields to Aysgarth Falls in the glorious Yorkshire Dales. Its years since I’ve been to Freeholder’s Wood which surrounds the falls. Take time to explore, take the kids, there’s so much to find and enjoy in and amongst the trees as you go along. I feel we maybe even got a little lost in there, but not for long, the wood isn’t so big! Follow the paths and come out at the middle falls and be astounded by the force of the water rolling over the rocks and down to the lower force.

We walked back to Carperby via the footpath through Bear Park, firstly walking through the National Park car park taking a quick look in the Tourist Information Centre and the coffee shop and then onwards. I remember the run up to the 2012 Olympics the Olympic torch came to the Falls, hence the picture showing, such excitement for all who were there. Upwards and onwards to Low Lane and back through the fields to Carperby. Can you remember the very popular television series of the 70’s and 80’s All Creatures Great and Small? The Wheatsheaf in Carperby is the place where Alf Wright, the writer of the James Herriot stories, and his wife Helen spent their honeymoon in 1941. Apparently only six weeks after this Greta Garbo also stayed there, whatever next?

To finish we drove to the Aysgarth Falls Hotel for freshly made scones, with jam and cream and lashings of tea! Perfect! Time to get the map and plan your walk and if you would like somewhere to stay you know who to call!