Aysgill Force

Aysgill Force

Yorkshire Dales

Route: Aysgill Force

Area: Yorkshire Dales

Date of walk: 25th August 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.6 miles

Weather: Mostly overcast with some brighter spells

I parked in the Dales Countryside Museum car park in the centre of Hawes, the home of Wensleydale cheese. It’s a busy honeypot market town, even more so today as the weekly Tuesday market was trading. The theme of today’s walk was to be waterfalls and it wasn’t long before I saw one – Gayle Beck rushing through the centre of the town on its way to join the River Ure

I walked past the church, which was wrapped in scaffolding and protective sheets as part of a renovation project, and followed a path through the fields into the adjoining village of Gayle

After leaving Gayle I followed the bank of the beck towards Aysgill Force, which I could hear long before I saw it. I continued along the valley past the spectacular waterfall, turning back towards Hawes at West Close Barn. As I neared Gayle I rejoined the original path and retraced my steps back to the start

There was another waterfall treat in store though – after driving out of Hawes I parked by Holme Heads Bridge, about 2 miles out of the town, and walked along the well made footpath to Cotter Force. It was a 5 minute stroll to the waterfalls – a beautiful sight and well worth the short detour

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