Falling Foss and Littlebeck Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
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2.5-3h
Distance
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8.8 km
Elevation
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274 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Falling Foss and Littlebeck Walk is a fantastic route in North York Moors National Park that features stunning views and a cascading waterfall. While out on the trail, you will make your way uphill for some amazing views over the moor before passing through the hamlet of Littlebeck on the way to the gorgeous Falling Foss Waterfall. There is a brief amount of uphill walking at the start of the route, but overall this trail is perfectly suited for nearly all ages and skill levels.

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Route Description

With the exception of the initial stage of uphill walking, the Falling Foss and Littlebeck Walk is a laidback adventure that can be enjoyed by all. Sweeping views that extend across the moor towards the coast, charming villages, and a beautiful waterfall await on this lovely journey through the North York Moors.

Setting out from the car park, you will head to the northeast and immediately begin to climb uphill. This will take a bit of effort; however, it is short lived and also provides beautiful views across North York Moors National Park that extend out to the shores of the North Sea. Follow the path as it turns to the north and takes you through the peaceful forest to eventually arrive at the charming hamlet of Littlebeck.

From here, you will turn south and follow along the banks of May Beck, winding your way through the forest until you arrive at the impressive sight of the 30ft tall Falling Foss Waterfall that is set in an idyllic setting. After taking in the views, continue along the water’s edge until you reach the car park where you began.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Falling Foss and Littlebeck Walk from Ruswarp, head southeast on High Street/B1416 for 3.0 mi and make a slight right onto May Beck Farm Trail. After 1.6 mi, turn right to enter the car park.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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