Aysgill Force, a spectacular Yorkshire Dales waterfall in Wensleydale heartland

Aysgill Force. Photo: Marisa CashillAysgill Force. Photo: Marisa Cashill
Aysgill Force. Photo: Marisa Cashill
When it comes to waterfalls, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has plenty a spectacular offering.

Just a ten minute drive from Hardraw Force – believed to be England’s highest single drop waterfall – and a little over 20 minutes from Aysgarth Falls – the three-stepped waterfalls that were visited by William Wordsworth, sketched by artist Joseph Mallord William Turner and provided a dramatic setting for a scene from the Hollywood movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, sits Aysgill Force.

Pictured here by Marisa Cashill, the waterfall has a drop of around 40ft and is a popular spot for both local walkers and tourists.

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A favoured route to reach the spectacle takes in the market town of Hawes and the nearby hamlet of Gayle.

According to tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, the name of the former, one of England’s highest market towns, means a pass between the mountains and it stands between Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.

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“Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and set amidst breath-taking scenery it’s no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park,” it says.

“You can also discover the 18th century water-powered cotton spinning Gayle Mill. Converted to sawmill and electricity generation with original working Victorian turbines, lineshafting and woodworking machinery.”

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Last year, Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes marked 30 years of perhaps the most famous Wensleydale cheese lover of all time.

It launched a specially designed commemorative cheese truckle in honour of three decades since much-loved duo Wallace and Gromit first graced the nation’s TV screens. In 1995 film, A Close Shave, Wallace declared his love for Wensleydale cheese.

As well as it’s famous cheese and fantastic walks, Hawes is also home to the Dales Countryside Museum, sharing the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales.

Technical details of photo: Fuji X-T3, 14 sec exposure for silky water effect - using a ND32 (neutral density) filter, f/22, ISO 160.

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