Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls Contact Numbers

Contact the Asygarth Falls National Park Centre on 01969 662910 for advice and more information if you are planning to visit the falls.

About Asygarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls are one of the natural wonders attracting visitors to the Yorkshire Dales. The falls are located in Wensleydale on the River Ure, which flows over a series of limestone steps to create the three tiers of the waterfall. The falls are divided into Upper Force, Middle Force, and Lower Force. The name “Aysgarth” means “the open space in between the oak trees” in Old Norse. Various walking routes through the valley can provide different views of the river and waterfall. The famous poet William Wordsworth even commented on their natural beauty when he visited the falls. Part of the falls was also featured in a scene in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, where Robin and Little John had a fight.

Besides the beautiful falls themselves, there are other attractions in the area. The picturesque little villages of Aysgarth and Carperby are nearby for any visitors who want to extend their pleasant stroll beyond the woods. The Freeholders’ Wood Local Nature Reserve is alongside the falls. From the winding pathways, you can see primroses and wood anemones in the spring. The woods are home to roe deer and dormice, though it is rare to spot them. You could sketch the falls like celebrated artist JMW Turner, take some photographs to commemorate your visit, or just take in the scenery. Take in some history in Aysgarth Village and visit Grade II-listed St Andrew’s Church to see its painted rood screen.

Aysgarth Falls Opening Times

The best time to visit Aysgarth Falls is after a period of heavy rain, as the water cascades more dramatically. Visitors are welcome every day between 10am and 5pm during the months from April to October. The winter season reduces visiting hours to weekends only, between 10am and 4pm. Visiting is prohibited completely during the month of January. The falls do open for limited periods before Christmas and New Year’s Eve. These times may change, so you should always call first to check.

The National Park Centre is the best access point for visitors. The pay-and-display car park has space for 80 cars, with charges beginning at £2.50 for two hours. However, the on-site car park is not accessible for coaches. Coach parties should contact the Centre for advice on where to park. There are toilets available, and the Coppice Café is attached to the Centre. This small family-run business offers a tempting selection of hot or cold homemade treats made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Contacting Aysgarth Falls

To contact the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, you can call 01969 662910 during opening hours. You can receive advice on how to get to the falls, weather warnings, and the best walking routes to suit you and your group. Alternatively, send any enquiries about Aysgarth Falls by e-mail to aysgarth@yorkshiredales.org.uk. Call The Coppice Café directly on 01969 663763 if you need to ask about their current menu, prices, or accepted payment methods. The Centre is located at this address:

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
North Yorkshire
Grid Reference: SE 012 888