The long way round the Yorkshire Dales

Posted: 24th August 2008 by admin in Travel

On Saturday we did a slightly more grand tour of the Dales, if you call 120 miles of driving a grander tour.

Taking in Kilnsey and the park there, which was a disappointment for what you paid to enter the animal park, it was 10 quid for a family ticket, and all it really consisted of was 2 squirrel enclosures, a goat enclosure, a fish pond and a butterfly garden. There is a walk to the source of the beck, however that was only a couple of hundred yards. It did give a nice isolated place to have a picnic, which they seems to frown on here, with no picnic facilites available, which is strange for a park of its type. The farm shop was poor as well, not even having any milk in stock, a basic requirement in my book.

We the drove up the Wharfe Valley, and took the right hand pass out of the valley to Aysgarth and the Falls there. We parked at the national park centre and first took the footpath across the road down to the lower and middle falls, this leads for just less than a kilometre, through a wooded area, with plenty of chance for children to wander through them, which elise did.

First you reach the middle falls via a stairway, a nice distraction, but the best views are down at the lower falls, which is about 500m further on from the middle falls, there is a viewing platform, before you can access the falls myself, the rocks at the side of the falls are wide, and fairly safe if not raining. The falls themselves are a 4 tier affair, and the most spectacular of the 3 here.


Lower Falls

Lower Falls

Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Returning back up to the car park, go out the other side and you will reach the upper falls via a 500m path, this is the main tourist area, with a large picnic area, the falls are nice scenery, but nothing on the lower and middle falls.

We then drove over to Hawes for a drink and then somehow we missed our turn off for the pass back into the Wharfe valley, and ended up going via Ribblehead and Settle, I got a great panorama of the 3 peaks (Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborugh, Whernside L-R on picture below). Then we ended up in the middle of Settle for dinner at our favorite dales pub, the Royal Oak Hotel. A roast dinner and a couple of plates of excellent fish and chips later, we finally headed home!