Sleights Moor - Falling Foss Circular

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Along moorland tracks and paths we reach Falling Foss Waterfall on the May Beck. There's a cafe at the waterfall which makes a good refreshment point.

A walk through deciduous woodland along the beck brings us to a pleasant picnic area by May Beck. Then we pass through forestry of the Newton House Plantation brings us back onto the moor of Whinstone Ridge to return us to our starting point.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Moor, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
8/27/2021 - Heather Lawrence

This is a lovely walk, very varied we did this in August 2021. There is no longer an information board at the car park. Fingerpost has still not been replaced at waymark 2. At waymark 5 there is a sign on the gate stating that cattle can be aggressive when they have calves & the field had both sheep & cattle with calves but we crossed this ok. At waymark 6 there were cattle with calves & they started to behave aggressively so instead we climbed the left hand gate & walked close to the wall which actually rejoined the public path at the end of the wall & there is a multi-way fingerpost. At waymark 8 the gate is no longer signed to Falling Foss. At waymark 9 the terrain is quite different to that described in the details. The cutting in the gorse leads to a fixed gate which we climbed over & walked towards a fingerpost across the field. On checking the map we had to backtrack across this field to find the gate.The gorse referred to in the walk details has probably been removed. I think this instruction should be replaced with "Cross the stile and follow the track across the stream to a gate. Continue straight ahead keeping the field boundary on your right and on meeting a gate turn left onto a track." At waymark 16 the path is very clear and once reaching the top of the grassy rise the mound comes into view and you reach a track. Turn right along the track and follow it to the gate. There is no need to go to the fence through the Heather. You meet the track before waymark 17. Hope this helps other walkers.

5/25/2018 - Elaine Anderson

Lovely walk. Please note that when we walked this on 24.5.18 there was no fingerpost at 2. Walkers should walk upto the two large boundary stones and they will see the path just to the left of them marked clearly through the gorse. Instructions really easy to follow. Thank you. Elaine

4/26/2018 - Anthony Carroll

We four elderlish chaps did this 24/4/18. Excellent varied walk. The Tea Room can be recommended & its adjacent Foss better than we expected. But a warning to the over-confident. I had printed out only the map, not the guide or pics. Somehow we missed the path at waymark 3 (it is there, marked by standing stones. Being Access Land, I guess footpath signs are not needed.) Fortunately the track we did follow to waymark 4, parallel with the power line, was probably easier. Having lost some confidence we opted to overshoot waymarks 16 & 17 & simply follow the Whinstone Ridge back - there is a good track, but the start is not easy to pick up (we overshot that as well, by error this time.)

7/23/2016 - Joanne Baldwin

Really enjoyed this walk. Easy to follow and the pub and tea gardens are a lovely rest point although quite early on in the walk.

4/4/2011 - kevin Hartley

We did this walk on 2-4-11, it was realy good, the tea garden at Falling Foss is only open at the begining of April to October. In terms of navigation, everything was where the map showed it to be and we didn't get lost once!

9/17/2008 - David Herd

Lovely walk - recently opened tea garden at Falling Foss a welcome find!

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