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Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth North Yorkshire DL8 3TH

If you've seen Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, you've seen Aysgarth Falls – backdrop for one of the fight scenes as Kevin Costner swashed his buckle in the 1991 pseudo-historical romp. As Dales waterfalls go, they're not so much high and dramatic as wide and picturesque – three separate falls (upper, middle and lower) formed as a series of wide limestone steps in a gorge fashioned by the River Ure. There's a national park centre and large car park, where you can either pick up local walk leaflets, or just follow the signs to the falls viewing areas – the grassy picnic banks and riverside stones are popular picnic places on sunny days. There's a café at the information centre, and another one just over the bridge and up the hill from the car park, plus a pub or two within walking distance – it's one of the Dales' busier beauty spots.

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