| Short Walk from Colman’s of Aysgarth |
Near the village of Aysgarth the River Ure tumbles over a series of broad limestone steps which are known as Aysgarth Falls.
Although not particularly high the waterfalls are one of Wensleydale’s most famous beauty spots (having been featured in the Kevin Costner film “Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves”), with a pleasant riverside walk linking the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.
Aysgarth Falls is an impressive stretch of the River Ure in mid Wensleydale. The Ure passes over 3 ‘ledges’ and certainly, when I took the walk after a period of heavy rain, Aysgarth Falls looks mighty impressive and very powerful. Powerful water is great to look at, almost mesmeric, and I believe this is the best place in the Yorkshire Dales to enjoy this. Viewing platforms are ok but I enjoy getting as close to the water as possible and there is a stretch of rock below the lower falls where anyone can sit right on the water’s edge.
The famous scene in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves was filmed on the upper falls which lie just upstream of the road bridge and it is worth paying the nominal, voluntary fee to get close to where the action takes place. The National Park have sympathetically landscaped the area by the falls with a wide path leading through the attractive woods (suitable for wheelchair/pushchair users) above the falls and there is still a sense of wildness about the area which has attracted so much attention over the yeas.