2020 taught me to get out and enjoy what’s on our doorstep. It has certainly changed how we travel and visit places and I’m sure this will be commonplace for the next few years. One place that has been a joy and a privilege to visit is Falling Foss Waterfall near Whitby in North Yorkshire. It is a 30-metre high waterfall and the setting that this waterfall is in is stunning.
We visited as part of a circular walk and I would certainly recommend that walk as you follow a beautiful beck on the return journey. We also made it down to the base of the waterfall but oh my goodness that wasn’t easy. In this post, I will simply be writing about visiting Falling Foss from above the waterfall and what you can enjoy without it all getting a bit too much.
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You can only really visit Falling Foss Waterfall if you drive. There are no trains or buses that stop near the waterfall. Falling Foss has a car park which is relatively large and free, however, it can fill up quickly so get there as early as you can. There is no parking possible on the roads as they are too narrow.
The paths are very rough and not accessible for a wheelchair nor really a pushchair. You can see the waterfall just a short walk right from the Falling Foss tea room. There is only really one viewpoint from up here (see photo below). There are a few picnic benches along this ridge where we ate our lunch. Although we could hear the waterfall we couldn’t see it.
But don’t let this put you off visiting as it is an enchanting and beautiful place to visit. If you walk away from the falls with the tea garden to your right you will come across a small wooden bridge over some water. If you walk down one of the access points here you will come to crystal clear water perfect for paddling in. It can get deep in places but there is plenty of shallow places.
Make sure you look under the bridge as there’s a big wooden troll waiting for you. A little further on from here is a picture postcard brick bridge. When we return we won’t walk down to the waterfall, nor will we walk along May Beck. Instead, we plan to spend time here paddling and enjoying the cool water.
Once you have enjoyed a paddle you could take a short walk to the Hermitage cave. If you walk with the tea garden behind you and the waterfall down to your left and just keep going you will eventually come to a Hermitage cave.
The Hermitage cave is carved out of an enormous boulder. It dates back to the 18th Century and was once the home of a hermit. Although let’s say it was a very small home! There is even a rock on the top of the cave that is shaped like a chair.
Make sure you visit the Falling Foss Tea Garden. I can’t sing its praises enough for the home-made food they serve there. They serve out of a cabin in the garden and you can choose from a number of tables that are also outside. A lot of the tables have cover so if the weather isn’t too friendly you can still enjoy a meal there.
The tea garden is the only place at Falling Foss where you will find a toilet. This is for customer use only. If you do eat there we can highly recommend the tuna sandwich and the homemade scones.
My son was so taken with their scones he personally thanked the staff with no intervention from myself. He has never done that before! They do have a limited menu but they do serve good hot and cold food and drinks. Not to mention good value for money. There is also a small play area in the tea garden for the kids to enjoy.
If you walked to the Hermitage cave you may have spotted a signpost indicating the car park to the right. If you head back to the car from here you should come across some opportunities to build dens in the woods.
Important Information about Falling Foss Waterfall
Address: Midge Hall, Whitby YO22 5JD
Car parking at Falling Foss – There is a free car park which can fill up before lunchtime.
Falling Foss Prices – The falls are free to visit.
Facilities at Falling Foss Waterfall: There is a tea garden which has the only toilet facilities..
Opening Times: You can park at the falls all year round. The tea garden is open April to September 10 am until 4 pm. This is subject to change in bad weather – please call if in doubt 07723 477929
Accessibility – The paths are not accessible so there are no disabled facilities.
Is Falling Foss Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on a lead
Are there places to picnic at Falling Foss Waterfall: There are a few picnic tables outside of the Tea Garden.
Category: Attraction/Great Outdoors, suitable for all ages.