Rising in the Pennines the main feature of Aysgarth, the River Ure could not pass this point without remark and hence was created the Aysgarth falls. The village undoubtedly grew up around what must have been a crossing point as the former coaching inn, now a Grade II listed building, the George and Dragon, is still a popular watering hole serving only the finest locally brewed real ales.

However, this scenic part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has more to offer than succour to the weary. The site is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as such there has been built the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre where you can park your car, head off for a day walking in this protected woodland and arrive back to a warm cup of tea, a sandwich and clean facilities.

You might however, just prefer to enjoy the echo of the mumbling falls while ambling across the rural byways or over the green Yorkshire hills. You could also just relax and explore the village and the 16th century church with its extensive churchyard. Yet, in this rural hideaway, any strenuous activity might disturb the locals so better to just listen to the falls while sipping the local ale.

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