Falling Foss, Sneaton, Coast to Coast
Falling Foss falls into May Beck, a hundred yards or so from where the beck is joined by the Parsley Beck and becomes the Littledale Beck. It then flows through Little Beck Wood, through the hamlet of Littlebeck and from thence to the River Esk.
The Coast to Coast path passes Falling Foss on an elevated path that rises to the height of the waterfall, with precipitous cliffs on its side as the beck passes through the short, narrow woodland gorge. Walkers hear the waterfall before seeing it, as it is usually hidden by the woodland foliage. There are, however, many small windows in the forested canopy from where the waterfall can be seen. There are many circular walks through the woodland and the winding, looping becks have duck boarding beside them where the ground has become sodden. Many children paddle in the May Beck's shallows around the area of the large footbridge, close to Midge Hall.
Walkers from Littlebeck enter the woodland at the side of a ford, and follow the Little Beck through Little Beck Wood, Scarry Wood and Great Wood and passing through a nature reserve, all before reaching Falling Foss. There are many interesting features to see along the way, including a disused alum works and rock carvings such as The Hermitage.
Falling Foss is a modestly sized waterfall lying in the attractive woodland of Sneaton, on the May Beck. Close by is the popular tourist attraction of Midge Hall Tea Garden. On summer days the tea garden and bridge overlooking the falls is densely populated with tourists. Most visitors arrive by car and use the car park close to Midge Hall.
The tea garden includes a children's play area and some interesting wood carvings such as the three bears, shown in the image below. There is also a tented canopy area and many uncovered areas, all with wooden benches and tables to sit and eat. There are special seasonal treats for children, e.g. Fairy Trails and Easter Bunny Trails to accompany children's parties.
Most visitors of the Hall and Falls arrive by car via Lousy Hill Lane. There is a good car park just above Midge Hall, and another at the end of the woodland from the road coming down from New May Beck.
Falling Foss Waterfall
The Three Bears wood carving in the Tea Garden
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