Aysgarth Falls are a stunning set of three waterfalls – the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls – in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. Though the falls are not particularly high the River Ure passes over a series of limestone steps which are picturesque when the river level is low and very dramatic after a spate of wet weather.
As you can see from these pictures I visited on a day when the river was high and the torrent of water crashed over the falls at an unbelievable pace.
You may not recognise it from these pictures but these are the same falls featured in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The Upper and Middle Falls were where Kevin Costner proved his manhood by fighting with a very big stick. I would like to see him try that on a day like this one.
These shots were taken on a very bright day and so I needed to use an ND filter to slow the shutter speed down so that I could get the “moving water” effect. Considering these were taken without a tripod I am quite happy with the results.
Obviously I have done a fair amount of post-processing with these shots mainly to increase the contrast but I have also had to clone out a few spots from the spray.
Aysgarth Falls are great place to visit with the family though they are a long way into the Yorkshire Dales and it can take a while to get there but it is well worth the visit. There are plenty of other places to visit nearby such as Hawes and Hadraw Force.