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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Aysgarth Falls & the biggest cream scone ever

As the name suggests Aysgarth Falls can be found at the village of Aysgarth on the A684 between Leyburn and Hawes. The falls are well signposted from the main road as is car parking at the National Visitor centre which is where we parked.
The staff at the centre were very helpful and showed us a walk that would take in the falls from both sides of the river before heading away towards West Burton and back to the Visitor centre. 
From the car park a short walk across the road onto a well marked path that takes you down towards firstly the middle falls then the lower falls where you can get access right to the waters edge for a good photo opportunity before returning to the car park where you exit at the opposite end and follow the path to reach the higher falls and picnic area.
The walk then heads back towards the car park but you cross the river at the road bridge and head up some steps into the church yard and pick up the path that  runs alongside the opposite bank of the river. Walking along on this side gives a totally different view of the lower falls before the path takes you away from the river and towards the main road. After crossing the road you are quickly into another field, this time walking alongside a beck that is big enough for fish spotting, we saw numerous brown trout as we walked along. The path continues along the beck until you reach another road bridge, here we decided that rather than continue towards the village of West Burton we would head back towards Aysgarth, but not before we stopped for our picnic taking in the view and watching several bats feeding around us.
The walk then took us over the hills back to the church yard and back to the Visitor Centre. It was noted earlier in the day that the centre had a tea room by our youngest son who seems to have developed a love of tea rooms, so we sat at a table outside and placed our order,
A view downstream of the falls
Our picnic location for the day
The look of sheer astonishment on our daughters face when the waitress placed the cream scone on the table was one not to be missed, needless to say it was easily the biggest cream scone any of us had ever seen and needless to say it didn't get finished!!! 

About to attempt to eat the big cream scone