A lovely family walk from Askrigg visiting the superb Mill Gill Force before enjoying wide ranging views on the return via Low Straights Lane.
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Back in 2014 I’d visited Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Force for the first time. Ever since I’d had it in mind to do a shorter version of that walk with my family. I finally got the opportunity during a weeks holiday based in nearby Bainbridge.
My daughter is not the most enthusiastic about going for a walk so, while we could have made this walk a little bit longer, I didn’t want to push my luck and instead drove the short distance to Askrigg. Starting from the small car park on Leyburn Road we walked back through Askrigg to leave the village by Mill Lane.
“A superb mile-long enclosed track, Low Straights Lane provided us with a gentle descent and some wide ranging views of Wensleydale”
After crossing Mill Gill at a footbridge we climbed steadily on the west bank of the gill before we came to a fork where the right hand path led us down to Mill Gill Force. Mill Gill Force is without doubt one of the finest waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales and it was a real pleasure to share this super spot with my wife and daughter.
Leaving the waterfall we walked back up to the fork and next took the left hand option which continued climbing above the gill. The path briefly left the woods to go through a couple of pastures before dropping back down into Whitfield Gill.
Knowing how awkward the path to Whitfield Gill Force is I decided not to go that far up the gill. Instead we crossed the stream at the footbridge just above a nice single drop waterfall which, though marked on the map, doesn’t seem to have a name. We called it Rhanny Falls, Rhanny being my daughter’s favourite nickname for herself.
After crossing the bridge it was then a steep climb up the eastern side of Whitfield Gill to reach the top of Low Straights Lane. A superb mile-long enclosed track, Low Straights Lane provided us with a gentle descent and some wide ranging views of Wensleydale with the highlights being Ellerkin Scar to the east and a glimpse of Semer Water above Bainbridge to the south.
At the end of Low Straights Lane we turned right along the Askrigg to Muker road for a straightforward descent back into Askrigg. This was a lovely little walk that everyone, even Rhiannon enjoyed. It probably helped that with a bit of sleight of hand I hid a couple of cuddly toys for her to ‘find’ en route. It was more than worth this piece of bribery for the pleasure of walking hand in hand with her down Low Straights Lane with Wensleydale spread out before us.