West Burton Falls

Aysgarth Falls

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Aysgarth and West Burton Falls

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 30th January 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: sunny intervals, several snow and hail showers

I parked in the village of Aysgarth and walked through the fields to St Andrew’s Church, which is set in a wonderful position above the River Ure. I followed the path through the churchyard, turning left just before the church to descend to Yore Bridge from where there is an excellent view of the High Falls – the first of a triple flight of waterfalls collectively known as Aysgarth Falls

I then returned to the church and picked up the path which runs above the course of the river, passing the Middle Force and Lower Force on the way. Beyond Lower Force I left the riverbank to cross Hestholme Bridge and walked through some lovely countryside into the unspoilt village of West Burton. The falls are on the edge of the village, and I had to wait for a sudden hailstorm to pass by before I could take any photos

The return leg to Aysgarth was through fields, some of them very soggy after the recent floods, and as I gained height there were some wonderful retrospective views back over the valley to West Burton

The weather had been very changeable, high winds bringing snow one minute, sun another and then hail, but this all added to the interest of the walk which was enjoyable every step of the way

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