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Mill Gill Force about 1.5Km from the centre of Askrigg
Mill Gill Force about 1.5Km from the centre of Askrigg

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Route No. 579 - Thursday 9 April 2015
Visits to three waterfall site in Wensleydale,
Mill Gill 3km, Aysgarth 3km, Redmire Force 3km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route maps from Ordnance Survey Open Space service:-
Route map for Mill Gill Force from Askrigg
Route map for Aysgarth Upper, Middle & Lower Falls
Route map for Redmire Force from Swinithwaite

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas

| Mill Gill Force | Aysgarth Falls | Redmire Force |


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A visit to Mill Gill Force from Askrigg(3km) . . .

Route map for Mill Gill Force from Askrigg from OS Open Space Service

St Oswalds, the Parish church in Askrigg
St Oswald's, the Parish church in Askrigg

Following the outside of the churchyard into Mill Lane
Following the outside of the churchyard into Mill Lane

Path across the fields from Mill Lane
Path across the fields from Mill Lane

Passing the old West Mill
Passing the old West Mill

There was a paved path across the field and a large flock of ewes and their lambs. We followed the paved path across the field to the old mill building. The path left the field through a wooden pedestrian gate passing under a metal trough carrying the mill race into the building to power the mill's water wheel.

Our first stop was in Askrigg. We parked on the cobbles in front of the church and walked around the outside of the churchyard into Mill Lane. We walked along Mill Lane for about 300m to a field gate and wooden squeeze stile on the right. We squeezed through the stile with its spring loaded gate into the field.


Walking along Mill Lane

Approaching the old mill buildings
Approaching the old mill buildings of Askrigg West Mill

A heartfelt plea!
A heartfelt plea!

The galvanised trough forming the final link in the mill race feeding water to the overshot mill wheel at West Mill
The galvanised trough forming the final link in the mill race feeding water to the overshot mill wheel at West Mill

Beck side path from West Mill
Beck side path from West Mill

Path following Mill Gill upstream
Path following Mill Gill upstream

Fork in the path, keep right for Mill Gill Force
Fork in the path, keep right for Mill Gill Force

There was a hazy view of the distinctive hill called Addlebrough on the far side of Wensleydale. We followed the path next to the stone wall at the edge of the woodland for about 450m. Here the main path carried straight on but our path turned right to Mill Gill Force.

We followed the path by the beck (called Mill Gill) and over a stone footbridge across the beck. The path climbed up some stone steps to the field above and crossed the corner of the field to a wooden pedestrian gate into the woodland above the beck.

Footbridge over Mill Gill
Footbridge over Mill Gill

Ruined building on the far bank of Mill Gill
Ruined building on the far bank of Mill Gill

Fork in the path, keep right for Mill Gill Force
Fork in the path, keep right for Mill Gill Force

A hazy view of Aldborough on the far side of Wensleydale
A hazy view of Addlebrough on the far side of Wensleydale

Wild garlic by the path down to Mill Gill Force
Wild garlic by the path down to Mill Gill Force

Dripping banks of moss below the falls
Dripping banks of moss below the falls

We stood in the spring sunshine in this lovely place for quite a long time, it was just too enchanting to leave! But there were more waterfalls to see and so at last we returned the same way back through the field of ewes & lambs where the farmer had just started to feed them. We left Askrigg in the car for the next leg of our trip . . .

I thought it was a bit sad that everyone else that we saw kept to the main path and never saw the waterfall that is only 150m away along this easy path to the rather slippery rocks at the foot of the falls. The woodland floor was carpeted with wild garlic and dog's mercury both indicating that this has been woodland for many centuries.

Our first view of Mill Gill Force
Our first view of Mill Gill Force

Starting our return to Askrigg from the falls
Starting our return to Askrigg from the falls

Mill Gill Force
Mill Gill Force

Ewe & lambs as we returned to Mill Lane
Ewe & lambs as we returned to Mill Lane

Ewes & lambs clamouring to be fed when the farmer arrived
Ewes & lambs clamouring to be fed when the farmer arrived

Village pump near the church in Askrigg
Village pump near the church in Askrigg, installed in 1849

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A visit to Aysgarth Falls(3km) . . .

Aysgarth Upper Falls are privately owned & there is an honesty box admission charge
Aysgarth Middle & Lower falls are accessed free of charge from a public footpath

Route map for Aysgarth Upper, Middle & Lower Falls from OS Open Space Service

The National Park Centre at Aysgarth
The National Park Centre at Aysgarth

Path to the upper falls at the road bridge over the River Ure
Path to the upper falls at the road bridge over the River Ure

From the car park follow the signed path out from the bottom corner of the car park and down to the road bridge over the River Ure. Do not cross the bridge, but keep to the left hand side of the road and go through the gate to follow the path for about 100m to the entrance to the Upper Falls. There's an honesty box at the gate for the small charge.

The next stop on our trip down Wensleydale was at the National Park Centre at map ref. SE011887, near Aysgarth. The information centre and car park (pay & display) are on the route of the disused railway. There's also a cafe and toilets here.

Path from the car park to the upper falls
Path from the car park to the upper falls

Honesty box & gate hut at the entrance to the upper falls
Honesty box & gate hut at the entrance to the upper falls

Aysgarth Upper Falls
Aysgarth Upper Falls

A stroll along the riverbank above the falls
A stroll along the riverbank above the falls

Heading back to the car park from the upper falls
Heading back to the car park from the upper falls

Buildings of the former Yore Mill seen across the River Ure
Buildings of the former Yore Mill seen across the River Ure

These falls are a little higher than the falls that everyone goes to see but the access is a bit awkward with a little scramble to get a good view from a spot below the hearth of an old lime kiln built into the river bank. We returned from the upper falls the way we had come back to the car park.

We had a short stroll along the riverside path above the falls and then returned to view the falls themselves. The falls present a very pretty spectacle with an arc of rock across the river on a bend with a high wooded bank opposite. Next to the exit gate there is a narrow path along the riverside that leads a few metres to a second set of falls.

Tree roots exposed by erosion
Tree roots exposed by erosion

Old lime kiln  on the riverbank next to the second falls a few metres below the Upper Falls
Old lime kiln on the riverbank next to the second falls a few metres below the Upper Falls

The second falls a few metres below the Upper Falls
The second falls a few metres below the Upper Falls

Path from the car park to the middle & lower falls
Path from the car park to the middle & lower falls

Top of the steps down to the middle falls
Top of the steps down to the middle falls

These steps lead down to a viewing platform to look at the middle falls. These are higher and narrower than the upper falls and so look more impressive to my eye. We returned up the steps from the middle falls (called middle force on the map) and we continued along the woodland path towards the lower falls.

We continued through the car park following the signed route to the middle & lower falls. The path led us across the road and through a gate opposite to a woodland path with a carpet of wood anemones all coming into flower. After about 100m we came to some steps on the right of the path.

Start of the woodland path across the road from the car park
Start of the woodland path across the road from the car park

Looking down the steps to the middle falls
Looking down the steps to the middle falls

The Middle Falls seen from the viewing platform
The Middle Falls seen from the viewing platform

The woodland path leading to the lower falls
The woodland path leading to the lower falls

Inscription on the carved seat by the path to the lower falls
Inscription on the carved seat by the path to the lower falls

Straight on to the river & sharp left to the viewing platform
Straight on to the river & sharp left to the viewing platform

We passed through a wooden gate where the path doubles back, but here we kept straight on still dropping down towards the river. After about 100m the path seemed to reach a dead end but there is a well used scramble path down through the limestone rocks to the flat rocks on the riverside (very slippery when wet). From here there is an excellent view of the lower falls which I think are the most impressive feature of the Aysgarth series of falls. Just below the falls there was a heron standing in the river presumably hoping for it's next meal to swim by.

Along the way we passed an elaborately carved seat with an inscription on the back of the carved end piece. A little further on we came to a gate on the right where the path from the lower falls comes back up to rejoin the woodland path. We continued along the woodland path past this gate and continued down a stepped path towards the river.

Carved seat by the path to the lower falls
Carved seat by the path to the lower falls

Gate where the riverside path returns to the woodland path
Gate where the riverside path returns to the woodland path

Stepped path down to the riverside
Stepped path down to the riverside

Heron below the lower falls
Heron below the lower falls

The Lower Falls from river level
The Lower Falls from river level

Carpet of wood anemonies amongst the hazel trees
Carpet of wood anemones amongst the hazel trees

Violets by the path
Violets by the path

Primroses
Primroses

Bluebells starting to open
Bluebells starting to open

The Lower Falls from the viewing platform
The Lower Falls from the viewing platform

Path to the lower falls viewing platform
Path to the lower falls viewing platform

The return path along the river bank
The return path along the river bank

Returning to the car park along the woodland path
Returning to the car park along the woodland path

From the top of the lower falls we followed the path along the riverside and up to the woodland path at the gate we had passed earlier. From there we had a very pleasant walk back along the woodland path to the road and then across the road back to the car park and the end of our visit to the Aysgarth Falls . . .

I scrambled back up through the rocks to the path and we retraced our steps back to the little wooden gate where the main path doubled back. Now we took the path down to the official view point at the lower falls. From here we continued along the riverside path to the top of the lower falls.

The top of the lower falls
The top of the lower falls

Rejoining the woodland path through the gate
Rejoining the woodland path through the gate

Primroses by the path
Primroses by the path

The car park is past the Blackthorn blossom, through the gate and across the road
The car park is past the Blackthorn blossom, through the gate and across the road

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A visit to Redmire Force from Swinithwaite(3km) . . .

Route map for Redmire Force from Swinithwaite from OS Open Space Service

Permissive path from Berry's cafe down to Redmire Force through the glacial moraines
Permissive path from Berry's cafe down to Redmire Force through the glacial moraines

Part of the Berry Meadow Walk
Part of the Berry Meadow Walk

From the car park we walked about 100m down the lane at the back of the cafe & shop buildings to a steel field gate on the left. Here there is a permissive path called the "Berry Meadow Walk" that leads down across the fields to the public footpath running along the south bank of the River Ure.

We continued our trip driving down Wensleydale to the village of Swinithwaite. On the left in the village is Berry's Farm Shop & Cafe where we drove into the cafe car park (small car park by the cafe & farm shop entrance and a much larger overflow car park further on).

Public footpath down to Redmire Force
Public footpath down to Redmire Force

Redmire Force on the River Ure
Redmire Force on the River Ure

Redmire Force on the River Ure
Redmire Force on the River Ure

The river flows over a 2m high slab of rock across the river so not a spectacular height but a very attractive place none the less. There's a peculiar fascination with flowing water. There was a family picnicking on the river bank and again we stood for a long time just admiring this lovely place.

The fields we crossed and the whole valley bottom is covered with large grassy mounds. These are 'moraines' - heaps of crushed rock debris dropped by the melting glacier at the end of the last ice age about 12000 years ago. At the public footpath we turned right and followed the path down some steps to the riverside next to a waterfall called Redmire Force.

River Ure below Redmire Force
River Ure below Redmire Force

Redmire Force on the River Ure
Redmire Force on the River Ure

Public footpath climbing up from Redmire Force
Public footpath climbing up from Redmire Force

Following the footpath eastwards across the fields
Following the footpath eastwards across the fields

Following the farm track across the fields
Following the farm track across the fields

After about 350m we came to a public footpath along a track between the fields at map ref. SE048897. At the track we turned right and followed the track past an old stone barn and up the hillside for about 600m back to the Berry Cafe where we had a very welcome break before driving home after visiting at these lovely waterfalls in Wensleydale.

From the waterfall we followed the public footpath up a wide path to the top of the bank in to pretty woodland and continued along the footpath across the field for about 250m to a ladder stile over a high stone wall. Just before the ladder stile we turned right to follow a farm access track across the fields.

Following the footpath eastwards from Redmire Force
Following the footpath eastwards from Redmire Force


Ladder stile ahead in the corner.
Don't climb the stile, turn right to follow the track by the wall

Turning right to follow a public footpath along a farm track
Turning right to follow a public footpath along a farm track

Following the track past an old stone barn
Following the track past an old stone barn

Following the track up the hill back to Berry's Cafe
Following the track up the hill back to Berry's Cafe

The gate on the right is the start of the Berry Meadow walk, just a few metres back to the cafe.
The gate on the right is the start of the Berry Meadow walk, just a few metres back to the cafe.

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