Aysgarth and District Parish Council encompasses some of the most beautiful landscapes and views in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - from the famous Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale to the tranquillity of the moors above Thornton Rust and Thoralby.
The Edwardian Rock Garden, another famous feature in Aysgarth, is now OPEN and visitors are very welcome.. This has now been gifted to the parish council for the community by Adrian and Rosemary Anderson. Admission is free and there is a donation box to help towards the maintenance of the garden.
The parish council is comprised of Aysgarth, Bishopdale, Thoralby and Thornton Rust. The Tour de France Grand Depart in July 2014 entered it on the B6160 at the “Cote de Cray”.
That watershed between Wharfedale and Bishopdale provides sweeping views of the fells. Bishopdale is narrow with the road hemmed in by ancient dry stone walls protecting the hill side pastures.
The cyclists bypassed Thoralby and joined the A684 near the traditional style AA box. Their westward journey through Wensleydale then took them past the road to Aygarth Falls and on through Aysgarth. They also missed Thornton Rust as they headed for Hawes and “Cote de Buttertubs”.
We hope - after the Covid-19 pandemic - that many will come and spend longer in this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales: to savour the food in its pubs and tea rooms; to enjoy the accommodation on offer; and to join in with some of our local events. Please avoid this area during the pandemic as the medical services available to residents are limited.
Aysgarth Lower Falls. All photographs ©Pip Pointon unless otherwise stated