North Yorkshire is a large and diverse county, but it's the acres of outstanding natural beauty that are responsible for its popularity with tourists. With more than 40% of the county's ground covered by National Parks, there's plenty for visitors to see and do. One of the most impressive and popular spots is located in the heart of Wensleydale, at Aysgarth Falls. This rural area is well served by exquisite hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, making it a must-visit location for holidaymakers travelling to North Yorkshire.
Aysgarth Falls is regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. Here, visitors will find a unique and mesmerising triple flight of waterfalls on the River Ure. A special place all year round, the waterfalls are particularly dramatic in the days after heavy rain, as a colossal amount of water finds its way downstream to the lower lands of Yorkshire.
It's not just holidaymakers who are lured in by the picturesque ledges of Aysgarth Falls. The site has been featured on the screen. Notable appearances include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the television show, Seven Natural Wonders, which saw the falls marked as a wonder of the north of England.
A Wealth of Walks
Besides marvelling at the watery heights of Aysgarth Falls, the area also provides a wealth of fine walks, suitable for all abilities. The woodland paths are lined with all kinds of wild plants and flowers, not to mention some pretty wildlife. Common sights include squirrels and deer, alongside all kinds of birds.
Aysgarth Falls is located in Wensleydale, which puts it within easy reach of some of the finest hotels in North Yorkshire. As the UK's largest county, North Yorkshire boasts a large and diverse array of places to stay.
The four-star Swinton Park Hotel offers a luxurious choice not far from the waterfalls, in Ripon. The unusual period building is set in ample grounds, complete with lawns, lake and livestock.
Travellers who prefer a more modest bed and breakfast can head to the nearby town of Richmond, where they'll have their pick of a few.