Castle Bolton to Aysgarth Falls (approx. 6½ miles)


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Maps: Explorer OL30 - Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central Areas. Starting point
Start & Finish: SE 033 918 - Castle Bolton car park (pay and display).
Route: The start of this circular route is the fascinating Bolton Castle, then the walk takes in fields, woodland, spectacular waterfalls along with interesting villages.
Links to route files: .gpx (for many handheld devices) .kml (Google Earth - Google Earth must be installed on the device in order to open this file)
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Refreshments: There are tea rooms at Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre and at Yore Mill (by the waterfalls) as well as a pub in Carperby. There is even more choice if you divert from the route and walk towards the main road at Aysgarth Falls.
Route profile:
Bolton Castle Turn left as you leave the car park to walk past the entrance to the castle (well worth a visit) and continue walking along the village street.



Bolton Castle At the far end of the village green bear right away from the road to follow the track pictured. After only a few metres turn right following a fingerpost: Public footpath to Redmire.
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby When you reach a metal gate across the track enter the field on the left by way of a kissing gate. Walk downhill through the field. Enter the next field through a narrow Squeeze stile to the left of a metal gate (the gate was open when we completed this walk, so we didn't need to squeeze through the stile).
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby Where the grassy track bears left, go through the gated stile in the wall ahead. Follow the path to a gate in a wooden fence which leads to steps down to the trackbed of the former railway. More steps lead out of the cutting and over a wooden stile. In the next field ...
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby … look out for the gated stile (pictured) in the wall on your left. Go through the gate and walk to the far right of the field. Go through another gated stile and proceed along the left hand edge of the field. The next stile that you cross had the remains of a gate and hinges - and then there is another gated stile …
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby … before you reach the stile and broken wall. Cross into the final field before a gateway takes you onto the road.
minor road between Redmire and Carperby Turn right and walk along the road until you see the signs pictured. Follow the finger post signed Low Thoresby 600 yds. Keep close to the wall on the left as you make your way towards the next gated stile and then …
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby …head towards the waymark post to the right of the overhead cables. Follow the stone wall on the left until you reach a footpath sign by the remains of a stile in the wall. Cross this and …
Footpath between Castle Bolton and Thoresby Walk down towards the stile in a wooden fence.
approaching Low Thoreby Once over the stile turn right along the lane towards the buildings at Low Thoreby. Once passed the building continue along the narrow lane (signposted for Carperby Low Lane and Aysgarth Falls).
Thoreby Lane The lane continues for some way before you go through the gateway pictured, then cross a stile by the side of a metal gate. After this you pass an area with newly planted trees, then squeeze through a stile at the right of a metal gate, before arriving at …
near High Thoresby … a junction of routes. Follow the pointer bearing left signed Aysgarth 1 ML. The route crosses the middle of a field - if the route isn't clear on the ground, head just to the right of a group of trees until you can see narrow wooden gate leading to the next field. A sign by the gate indicates that you need to bear left for Aysgarth Falls.

Walk alongside a wire and post fence towards another wooden gate. Once through this gate bear left along a farm track towards Hollins House.
near Hollins House Where the track divides, with each fork being gated, follow the circular waymark taking the track on the left. This leads through a wooden gate, followed by …
near Hollins House … a series of narrow wooded gates. After passing through the last of these gates, head south west across an open field towards …
between Hollins House and Aysgarth Falls … another wooden gate. Follow the path until you see concrete steps leading down to the left. Take these down to …view the Lower Force.
the River Ure by Aysgarth Lower Falls Walk upstream along the rock outcrop to the path leading away from the river shown on the right of the photograph. Walk uphill and follow the clear path, looking out for decorated benches and fences. Continue until you see …
steps down to Middle Force … steps down to Middle Force. After viewing the fall return and follow the path through woodland.
approaching Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre Leave the woods and cross the road then take the footpath to the car park by the National Park Centre. Walk to the far end of the car park and follow the path down to the river.
Yore Mill and Bridge Continue down to the bridge.
Aysgarth falls - Upper Force from Yore Bridge In my opinion the best viewpoint for the most impressive of the falls is from the bridge (though you can get a closer view if you pay to enter the private land alongside the falls). We carried on across the bridge to visit the craft centre - there is also a tea room.
path between Yore Bridge & Asygarth Falls National Park Centre Return to the northern bank of the river and up towards the National Park Centre, but before reaching the car park ... bear left up steps towards Carperby. You leave the woodland via a metal kissing gate …
between Aysgath Falls and Carperby ... bear left up steps towards Carperby. You leave the woodland via a metal kissing gate …
between Aysgath Falls and Carperby … to walk through open fields. I don't know if the landowners expect you to climb the stile - but there is no longer any trace of a fence at either side!
between Aysgath Falls and Carperby At the far right corner of the field go through to the next field, in which the path runs close to the road. Further on, look out for a gated stile which takes you onto the road. Continue along the road in the same direction until you come to …
between Aysgath Falls and Carperby … a finger post on the right indicating Carperby Village ΌML. When we walked there was a notice attached to the post saying that there was an official footpath diversion. The new route wasn't shown on our OS map (nor on the online OSMaps application when we returned home).

The route through the first field was straightforward, leading to the next finger post, from which you could see …
between Aysgath Falls and Carperby … a wooden gate at the far side of the next field. If we hadn't been able to see the gate, we would have had no idea where the path ran across the ploughed field! Once through the gate turn left, following the direction indicated by a finger post.
Carperby Go through the gate pictured and follow the track between cottages to meet the road through the village. If you wish to take a short diversion to see the market cross (dating from 1674) turn left along the road, however to continue the walk turn right …
Carperby … along the road, passing (or calling in for refreshment at) the Wheatsheaf Hotel on your left. Continue along the road, passing an information board, pointing out some of the features of the east end of the village.
Carperby As you leave the village, follow this footpath sign on the left of the road for Castle Bolton.
Carperby Walk down to the posts pictured and bear right.
path between Carperby and West Bolton Join a track which lead uphill. At the top of the slope the track fades, but Bolton Castle is visible ahead.
path between Carperby and West Bolton Continue through a series of gates and stiles ...
path between Carperby and West Bolton … including this - the most ornate gated tile that we've come across!
path between Carperby and West Bolton The route takes you through the stile pictured, over a small footbridge and then to the north of West Bolton Plantation, the group of trees pictured, before arriving at …
West Bolton … West Bolton. The footpath runs through the gated stile pictured then through a stone stile along the track to the south of the farm buildings. Beyond the buildings go through a wooden gate and follow the path through a couple of gated stiles before …
between West Bolton and Castle Bolton … crossing Beldon Beck via the footbridge shown in the photograph.
between West Bolton and Castle Bolton Follow the path through fields and over or through a series of stiles …
Bolton Castle … until the final stile brings you out close to the castle car park.

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All text and images ©Graham Dean, June, 2015.


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