When we decided to go Whitby, we looked for things to do around it that we may not have done before. A quick google search later and we found out there was a waterfall called Foss Falls. So armed with google maps we set off to look for it.
I’ll tell you right now, chances are, if you are following google maps, you will think “where in the hell is this thing leading us?” I thought several times it was just taking us down every scary steeply inclined back road possible, but eventually we saw the sign for Falling Foss tea garden which is right next to the falls. We noticed a trail through the woods at the far end of the parking lot and thought we were well on our way. Walking through the woods seemed like a good idea at the time, but we came across SO. MUCH. MUD. Go figure. We jumped, skipped and skirted around the muddiest parts and finally came to a wooden bridge. At this point we only knew we were on the right path because we asked a woman who was walking her dog. We came across this little baby falls and I was like, ummm, this can’t be it. For the record it’s not. But it is pretty.The waterfall was actually a lot taller than I thought it would be, and the whole place reminded me of home with the waterfall and river. There is a path along the top, but unfortunately I didn’t see one that could take you to the base of the falls.
Adjacent to the falls is Falling Foss Tea Garden. We were kind of just expecting a little place so hadn’t planned to spend much time here, but I could spend all day in that back garden! We weren’t super hungry and saving ourselves for lunch so we got coffees and I opted for a piece of lemon and poppyseed cake. I didn’t realise they had a full menu until we saw a plate of nachos passing us and got some serious food envy (nachos are our weakness). When we were getting ready to leave we had a peek at the menu and they also had loads of sandwiches salads and other food to choose from. We are hoping to make it back on a drier day to hike and then chill in the tea garden. Also, if you aren’t wanting to walk through the winding woodland path, go back out of the parking lot and follow the road straight down to the tea garden. It’s much quicker and easier. We learn everything the hard way, but the path through the woods is pretty so there’s that.
I’d highly recommend a visit if you are in the area or heading to Whitby for a day. The falls is gorgeous but the Falling Foss Tea Garden is really something special.