Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Live Blogging: Aysgarth Falls

My first Yorkshire holiday was in the year 2000 - sixteen years ago, and I have been back every year since. But believe it or not, in spite of Yorkshire being just one part of one relatively small country, the list of places I have not yet gotten round to see there is very long - enough to last me for many, many more holidays.

One place that had been on my list for a while is Aysgarth Falls. Yesterday, I finally made it there, and enjoyed every minute of it.

I will not now bore you with the dry facts about this beautiful (and anything but dry) place; I'll leave that for when I am back home in Germany with full access to the photos I have been taking with my camera.
In the meantime, you'll get to see only those pictures my sister or other people have taken with their mobile phones and sent to me.

This is me (well, you never...!) in front of the river Ure at Aysgarth Falls. My Aunt J took this picture.

My sister took this video with her mobile phone on my request. I think there is something hypnotic about the slow motion of the water. (The first few seconds are real time motion and real sound.)

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You'll get to see a lot more from around Aysgarth, including the old mill (now a café/tea shop, gift and craft shops) nearby and the church of St. Andrew's, later this month.

22 comments:

  1. Hello you LIVE blogger, you!
    What lovely falls, and how nice we were able to see them on video, thanks to you AND your sister! Love the picture of you, you look so happy! I have never met your family in Yorkshire but I like them very much! Have fun with your remaining time there with your family in England!

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    1. Thank you, Kay! I look so happy in that picture because I AM so happy :-) We had another day fun-filled to the brim with Aunt J and Uncle B yesterday.

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  2. I understand, completely, why Yorkshire attracts! It is a beautiful part of England and the variety in the landscape would draw me back time after time.

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    1. It is, isn't it! And I guess even if I didn't have family here, I'd keep coming back.

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  3. Despite living so near I have never been to Aysgarth Falls - one for the 'To Visit' list, I think.

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    1. Your "To Visit" list must be a bit like mine, John - growing all the time!

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  4. Cough-cough. Yorkshire - "a relatively small county"? It's enormous! England's Texas. But you are right there is so much to see here... including German visitors in stylish hiking gear!

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    1. cough-cough... I didn't say "county", but that Yorkshire is just ONE part of a relatively small countRy, which is true if you compare the size of the UK to that of other countries on the world map. And of course I know that Yorkshire is England's biggest county!

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    2. It's okay Meike. YP is so sensitive about his beloved Yorkshire that he tilts at windmils. Brits find it hard to believe that Britain, never mind England, is a tiny place in world terms.

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  5. Aysgarth is a treat - drove past just the other day. Impressed by your live blogging - "This is the Librarian, News at (whatever), Aysgarth" :-)

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    1. It's fun, this live blogging lark - never done it before!
      I'd love to do a live report from my trips, it would probably be a lot of fun and I'd get invited to visit stately homes and other places of interest with free admission and meals etc.!

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  6. I have visited a tiny part of Yorkshire when home in England and thought it very lovely - however as 'home' is in Devon, way down south, sadly I've not had time to see more of the northern counties. Enjoying going along with you on your visit though - love your sightseeing clothes, so comfy I'm sure.

    Enjoy all the remaining days with family and friends, and please share more pix when you can.

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    1. Will do, subject to availability - and of course there will be TONS of pics when I return to Germany!

      Yorkshire really is lovely and well worth a visit, as I am sure Devon is, too. So many great places to see, and little time :-)

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  7. Meike, have you ever visited the Strid? That photo reminded me of it.

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    1. No, I've not been there, but have heard of it. I didn't know it is similar to Aysgarth Falls; I think I read something about it being a very dangerous bit for swimmers. Now, I would never try to swim in a place like that, what with the fast-moving water and plenty of rocks about - it is spectacular enough to look at it, I don't have to be in it.

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  8. I agree that the sound of running water has something of a hypnotic effect ... Relaxing - at least as long as you're safe on the shore yourself (and not out there on a raft or something, in which case I would not be able to feel the least bit relaxed...)

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    1. Me neither, Monica! I don't mind water as such, and I can swim well enough, but I hate getting water on my specs - it makes seeing much more difficult than it already is, and there is no way avoiding getting splashed when you do something like rafting.

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  9. I've only visited Aysgarth once and I had too many other things on my mind to appreciate it unfortunately. As CJ hasn't been there perhaps one day.....

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    1. The one thing I have observed here - and at every other place in Yorkshire I have been during the last 1 1/2 weeks - is that shops, cafés and other facilities shut way too early for the average visitor's convenience.
      Why shut at 4:00 or 5:00 pm when there is daylight until 9:00 and it is high season and school holidays? And then complain about not making enough money from said café and/or shop? My Uncle B. from Sheffield said exactly the same.
      (Sorry, Graham, this has not really anything to do with your comment. But maybe it is useful for the "one day" when you and CJ will indeed travel to Aysgarth Falls, knowing that you better be there early enough for the shops, cafés etc. in Aysgarth to still be open!

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    2. I couldn't agree with you more Meike. I get fed up with the fact that coffee shops open late and close early in the UK. In NZ they often open around 0630 but are often closed by 1530. In Stornoway the cruise liner passengers arrive back in Stornoway around 1700 only to find the shops closing.

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  10. You look beautiful and so happy!!

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    1. Thank you, Nan! It was a very happy day, too.

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