Freeholders’ Wood from the air MYD36617 (c) YDNPA, 2023
This area of semi-ancient woodland is located alongside the famous beauty spot of Aysgarth Falls. In the past it was managed as a coppice woodland with standards. The coppice trees were mainly hazel while the standards were ash and wych elm. The coppice regime has been reinstated by the National Park Authority and at any one time, areas showing different stages of regeneration can be seen. Sadly most of the elm standards have succumbed to Dutch Elm disease. The Freeholders are residents of Carperby village who have the ancient right of ‘estovers’, that is the right to collect small wood. They still exercise that right every year after National Park staff have carried out the annual coppice.
Location From Aysgarth follow the A684 east for half a mile. Take left hand turn signed to Aysgarth Falls and Carperby. Cross river, after 250 metres take left turn into National Park car park (charge). The wood is signed from here. Sculpture trail.
Public Transport Details Nearest town/village: Aysgarth Falls turning. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.
Accessibility An accessible path has been laid through the wood though it is rough and steep in places. There are adapted toilets (RADAR key) and designated parking bays. (charge).