GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Falling Foss

2 miles (2.5 km)

This walk visits the lovely Falling Foss waterfall in the North York Moors. The picturesque falls are a major highlight of the National Park.
The walk starts in the parking area located near the falls and heads through wonderful ancient woodland to the 30ft high falls. Along the way there is a waterside section along the pretty May Beck. There's also lots of little paddling pools and other smaller waterfalls dotted along the walk. Also on the route is the delightful Falling Foss tea rooms which are the perfect place to stop for refreshments.
This is a fairly easy walk with a few small climbs and generally good footpaths.
If you're looking to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the 70 ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall and enjoy more woodland trails.
The Beck Hole Thomason Foss Waterfall is also located in this area. The pretty little village and its smaller falls are worthy of a visit too.


YO22 5JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Falling Foss OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Falling Foss Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Falling Foss Tea Rooms are a real delight and well worth a visit after your walk. The little tea rooms are located atMidge Hall, a tiny cottage which nestles at the top of the falls. They have a good range of meals and snacks with an outdoor seating area overlooking the waterfall.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you're likely to see other owners with their pets. The on site tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The epic Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk passes the falls so you may bump into walkers on this long distance trail. To extend your walk you could pick up the trail and follow it north west to Grosmont. Here you can pick up the Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail and the Grosmont to Whitby Walk. There's also a train station here on the North York Moors Steam Railway, another popular attraction of the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North York Moors Walks page.


Falling Foss - Waterfall - - 578400

Falling Foss close up photo.

Falling Foss, Sneaton Forest - - 267549

View of the falls through the trees of Sneaton Forest.

May Beck above Falling Foss, Sneaton Forest - - 267558

View of the May Beck and bridge just above the falls in Sneaton Forest

The Hermitage, nr Falling Foss - - 124662

The Hermitage, near the falls. A shelter carved out of a huge boulder, apparently in 1790, on the footpath between Littlebeck and Falling Foss.

General View over Sneaton Forest - - 295850

General View over Sneaton Forest. Looking north west over the valley of Little Beck

Falling Foss Tea Garden - Midge Hall - - 955453

Falling Foss Tea Garden at Midge Hall. Formerly derelict. In the last few years Midge Hall has been renovated and opened as a Tea Garden. A notice informs us that this building was previously a tea garden about fifty years ago.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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