Falling Foss Waterfall
& Tea Garden

Me enjoying the walk around Falling Foss and at the Hermitage

Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden Reviewed...

Escape from modern life and enjoy the beauty of nature at this spectacular waterfall. Visit the nearby Hermitage, then relax with tea and cakes at the nostalgic tea gardens within sound of the waterfall...

We had a lovely morning out at this picturesque natural beauty spot and Tea Garden.

Falling Foss is a spectacular waterfall in Sneaton Forest, near Whitby.

We were lucky enough to visit after a day of heavy rain, so the waterfall was particularly gushing and splendid.

The magnificent Falling Foss Waterfall

Water from 'May Beck' falls more than 9 metres down to a natural pool below.

Unlike most waterfalls (that I've seen anyway) Falling Foss is viewed from a pathway, level with the higher part of the waterfall (middle-top) so you can get a really good impression of how far down the water actually falls.

It is a lovely, tranquil spot to visit, full of natural beauty.

There are several walks around here, and a very tempting tea garden, perfect for a quick snack, or to while away the hours....

We followed the signs from the main B1416 (linking Ruswarp and Sneaton to the main A171 Robin Hoods Bay Moors Road). We parked in the car park there (free) and on foot followed the signs to the footpath down to Falling Foss waterfall and tea garden.

(Go left from the car park, downhill, to reach the waterfall and tea garden.

Go straight on from the car park to go straight to the Hermitage.)

We stopped for a while to admire the impressive waterfall, with the sound of falling water rushing in our ears.

Falling Foss Waterfall, near Whitby, Yorkshire

And explored the area by a picturesque beck and bridge...

Beck and bridge at falling Foss, North York Moors

We then proceeded to the Falling Foss Tea Garden at Midge Hall.

Falling Foss Tea Garden and Midge Hall

Midge Hall is a charming country house, in a totally idyllic spot amongst the woodlands. It was originally a gamekeepers cottage, but was opened in the early 1900's as a tea garden.

the pretty tea garden at Falling Foss, Yorkshire

By the 1960's the house was unused, and became derelict until its recent restoration, and re-opening as a tea garden, in July 2008.

Today, the tea garden is an enchanting and peaceful spot - an idyllic, old-fashioned garden, with gnarled apple trees and pretty flowers, surrounded by woodland, and with the ever-present rushing of the waterfall (at the bottom of the garden) providing a calming ambience.

Falling Foss tea garden - pretty garden and play area

There are rustic tables and chairs, plenty of parasols, pergolas, arbours and even an evocative yurt, so there are plenty of spots to sit, come rain or shine!

Falling Foss tea garden - interior of the yurt - very pretty!

Choose your teas, coffees and cakes at the covered, outdoor counter. There were some delicious looking cakes on display...

The tea garden also serves sandwiches and light snacks and can also cater for functions.

Enjoying my cuppa in the Falling Foss Tea garden, near Whitby

We just had a coffee and a mint tea, and just enjoyed sitting back, relaxing, and soaking up the serene atmosphere.

There is a play area for children, with climbing wall.

Falling Foss Tea Garden - climbing wall for kids - yurt for rainy days!

The garden is fenced off from the woodland, beck and waterfall.

Dogs are allowed in the tea garden.

An eco-toilet (don't worry, it's a proper toilet, not a hole in the ground!) is available in a shed at the bottom of the garden.

The Falling Foss Tea Garden is totally charming and delightfully different - a truly magical and idyllic spot, away from the cares of the real world.

After our drinks at the tea garden, we got directions to the nearby Hermitage - a shelter carved out of solid rock...

  • Leave the tea garden, and, keeping the waterfall on your left, follow the path up through the woods, (take care, as there is a sheer drop on the left)

  • Ian leads the way on our Falling Foss walk to the Hermitage. North York Moors

  • Then, take the signposted route, left, to Little Beck
  • After just a 5-10 minute walk, you reach the Hermitage.

  • The Hermitage carved out of rock, near Falling Foss, Yorkshire

  • The Hermitage is a cave/shelter cut from solid sandstone, with a circular stone bench (carved) inside for weary travellers.
  • The Hermitage bears the initials of George Chubb (The local schoolmaster) and the date 1790.
  • Above it are 2 boulder 'wishing chairs'
  • Enjoy the fantastic views across the countryside from here.

  • Enjoying the view through trees from the Hermitage, Falling Foss, Whitby, Yorkshire

  • The footpath continues from here up to Little Beck (if you wish).
  • We turned round, and just returned directly to the car park - taking the same route, but continuing strainght ahead at the signpost.
  • There are many footpaths and walks around here - up to Little Beck, and in the opposite direction down to May Beck (where there is a further car park available). Click to see a footpath map
  • On leaving the Hermitage (to return towards Falling Foss) you can also take the lower, right hand fork in the footpath, to return to the tea garden via an alternative route.
  • Click here to see the map showing footpaths in the area

Me at Falling Foss - near the Hermitage

Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden on the Map

This map is interactive.

  • Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  • Use the arrows to move about the area.

For the Tea Garden contact:
Falling Foss Tea Garden
Midge Hall
Falling Foss
Sneaton Forest
YO22 5JD
Tel: 07723 477929

Open: Daily 10.30am-5pm April to October
Dependent on weather - call to confirm

Visit the official Tea Garden website, here...

Map with Footpaths Shown

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This is a really beautiful and special place - picturesque, relaxing, and away from the modern world - we'll remember our visit for a long time - and hope we'll come back soon.

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