Aysgarth, West Burton, Thoralby and Bolton Castle

We’ve visited Aysgarth Lodges twice. We booked through Hoseasons and tripled up our Tesco Clubcard vouchers making our stay a little cheaper. The park is fantastic with a restaurant and bar on site as well as Molly’s Farm which our little boy loved to visit each morning to watch the animals have their breakfast. The lodges are spacious, warm, clean and we have always picked one with a hot tub so we could enjoy a quick dip whilst taking in the scenery. Aysgarth Lodges | Five Star Holiday Park – Leisure Resorts. The biggest draw for us though is how much there is to do in the local area. I’ve covered some of Wensleydale in my blog post ‘Hawes, Bainbridge, Semerwater and Snaizeholme’ but there’s so much more.

Aysgarth Falls are within walking distance from the lodges – we head up the hill and take a shortcut through the beautiful church grounds before making our way to the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre. From there we follow the route through woodland which gives access to viewpoints for Lower Force, Middle Force and Upper Force. Another film reference here as Aysgarth Falls was used as the location in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves where Robin Hood takes on Little John in a duel. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Kevin Costner, but the views were still worth it. Heading back up the hill from the falls we like to stop at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel for a bite to eat and a drink, a lovely country inn. Homepage – Aysgarth Falls Hotel

Another short walk we enjoy from Aysgarth takes in the villages of Thoralby and West Burton. Leaving the lodges, we turned left down Westholme Bank and when we reached the bottom of the hill, before crossing the bridge over Bishopdale Beck, we took the right turn on to Eshington Lane which took us all the way into the picturesque village of Thoralby. After passing through Thoralby, we made our way back to the B6160. We turned left along the road until we reached a stile which took us over a field and into the village of West Burton. We always call in to The Fox & Hounds for a drink whilst taking it in turns to watch our little boy who enjoys the playground on the green before we head down to Cauldron Falls at the bottom of the village. From West Burton, there is a route that takes you back to Aysgarth through the fields but we tend to stick to the road.

For those who enjoy a slightly longer hike there’s a route from Aysgarth which takes you to Bolton Castle. Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton | Walks | My Yorkshire Dales We haven’t done this walk (yet!) but have visited Bolton Castle twice – the castle is spectacular, and the gardens are beautiful with a maze and stunning views across Wensleydale. We watched the falconry display on both of our visits, our little boy was fascinated by the owls (and they were fascinated with his fluffy toy rabbit!). The castle and gardens close during the winter months and latest guidance is to pre-book tickets so it’s always best to check their website for the most up-to-date information but I’d recommend a visit. Bolton Castle in Wensleydale, family days out, falconry and weddings

Another attraction in the area which we will visit once our son is a little older is The Forbidden Corner. The Forbidden Corner | Tourist Attraction in North Yorkshire

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