Autumn colours and afternoon tea in Falling Foss’s wonderful woods

North York Moors, near Whitby, North Yorkshire

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, it’s the 2-mile circular trail through the trees from May Beck to the charming Falling Foss waterfall.

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It’s spectacular in autumn when the enchanting woodland colours are at their best and, as well as seeing the 30-foot waterfall, you get the chance to play pooh-sticks from a bridge and investigate the stone cave known as 'The Hermitage', once the secluded home of an 18th-century hermit.

He was happy foraging in the woods for food, fuel and shelter, but lucky visitors today have a far more enticing prospect – the Falling Foss Tea Garden located at the beautifully sited woodland cottage of Midge Hall.

Think homemade cakes and pots of tea served at outdoor tables in a rustic glade – the words ‘dingly-dell’ were never so apt.

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FFalling Foss, Sneaton Forest © VisitEngland/Craig Fast
MPlay pooh-sticks over May Beck © Falling Foss Tea Garden
FFalling Foss Tea Garden © Falling Foss Tea Garden
Cakes at Falling Foss Tea Garden © Falling Foss Tea Garden
FMidge Hall, Home of Falling Foss Tea Garden © Falling Foss Tea Garden
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