Mill Gill by the Romantics
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH was a regularly visitor to Yorkshire and often enjoyed walking tours in the Yorkshire Dales. In 1799 he came with his sister, Dorothy, and stayed at a pub in Askrigg.
He walked to Mill Gill and, in his letter to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he describes a “delightful and delicious valley” and tells how he rested beneath a fir tree, though the firs have since been replaced by beech and sycamores.
Turner rode into Mill Gill on horseback in 1816. He carried a tiny sketchbook in his overcoat. Prof David Blake book is in the British Library and shows drawings of the Mill Gill waterfall and of the spectacular views over to Addlebrough.