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.
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.
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.
The tea garden also serves sandwiches and light snacks and can also cater for functions.
There is a play area for children, with climbing wall.
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...
Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden on the Map
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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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