GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls

2 miles (3.5 km)

Just above the little village of Askrigg in Wensleydale there is a lovely walking trail along a river with a series of pretty waterfalls and peaceful woodland. This walk starts in the village and follows the footpath to Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force falls before returning through some beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside.
It's a really pleasant area with good signed paths, the sound of the running water and nice shady woodland.
The long distance Herriot Way runs through the village. It takes you through areas of the Yorkshire Dales associated with the vet and author James Herriot. You can pick it up to extend your walking in this lovely area.

Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you could visit The Crown Inn for some post walk refreshment. It's an historic pub of some note dating back to the 18th century. The friendly local inn serves quality bar meals sourced from local suppliers. There's a cosy interior with many original features and a fire. You can find them on the Main Street at postcode DL8 3HQ for your sat navs.
Just up the road is the Grade II listed King's Arms. This fine old pub starred as The Drover's Arms in the original 'All Creatures Great and Small'.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles to the south there's a lovely circular walk to try around Semer Water. The beautiful lake is notable as the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, England after Malham Tarn. Near here there's also the worthy village of Bainbridge. The village includes views of the River Bain and a 15th century hotel which is one of the oldest in Yorkshire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Mill Gill Force - geograph.org.uk - 1546878

Mill Gill Force. A wonderful walking area near Askrigg, can you spot the face in the rock?

Mill Gill - geograph.org.uk - 882591

Mill Gill. The gill is a minor tributary of theRiver Ure. William Wordsworth visited the valley in 1799 and wrote of it, and Turner came here and sketched the fall in 1816.

Whitfield Gill Force - geograph.org.uk - 1312155

People standing behind Whitfield Gill Force

Waterfall in woodland below Whitfield Gill Force - geograph.org.uk - 516022

Waterfall in woodland below Whitfield Gill Force

Whitfield Gill Lower Falls - geograph.org.uk - 2217696

Whitfield Gill Lower Falls

Field gate, Low Straights Lane - geograph.org.uk - 5077740

Field gate, Low Straights Lane. Just east of the falls.

Askrigg Mill - geograph.org.uk - 805491

Askrigg Mill. Just south of the falls. The mill was powered by the water of Mill Gill that runs through a pretty wooded glen. In 1908 the miller used the power of the water to provide electricity for the village.

Crown Inn, Askrigg - geograph.org.uk - 3513871

Crown Inn, Askrigg

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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