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A Café in the Woods

A Café in the Woods

A few years back whilst on a walk with Mr B and our eldest son, who must have been about three at the time, we came across a tiny cottage in the woods. I clocked the FOR SALE sign and once back home, couldn't resist checking out the estate agents' details. I was soon swept away into a fantasy future of us running a café there.

Fast forward almost ten years and as you've guessed, we didn't sell up and re-locate to the cottage at Falling Foss. However, husband and wife team, Jack and Steph Newman, did take on the challenge and in that time they have transformed it into the idyllic and popular Falling Foss Tea Garden.

The tea garden's setting in the grounds of Midge Hall (once an 18th century gamekeeper's cottage and also a tearoom in the 1900s) is magical. It's situated deep in the woods, right at the top of the 30-foot Falling Foss waterfall...

alongside plenty of other spots where there's fun to be had paddling and splashing about in the water...

To get to the Falling Foss Tea Garden, park in the car park at the top and follow the woodland path down until you see the café. There's also a pleasant circular woodland walk if you want to build up an appetite. If you've got kids with you, you might like to let them lead the way with the help of these illustrated Making Tracks In the North York Moors walking packs for kids.

The walk, which is a couple of miles long, takes you past and behind the tea garden (don't worry you'll be back this way for that promised tea and cake)

You then re-enter the woods and past the Hermitage, a cave carved out of a huge stone - always a favourite for a bit of climbing...

(Psst, did you spot Mr B peering out from the cave?)

The walk eventually brings you back to the footpath you started out on and to the tea garden where a rustic wooden hut displays an array of tempting treats.

There's plenty of seating to choose from...

When we visited there were lots of vases of flowers decorating the garden - maybe left over from a wedding?

There are plenty of places for kids to play and entertain themselves from clambering across logs  over the river to having fun in little havens like this...

Well, you can't really leave without a game of Pooh sticks on the wooden bridge can you? Oh, and by the way, Pooh sticks are provided. Have fun!

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